Matthew White Racing's Matthew White has taken out the fourth round of the Konica V8 Supercar Series held at Phillip Island this weekend, ahead of current series leader Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom and Peters Motorsport's Brett ...
Matthew White Racing's Matthew White has taken out the fourth round of the Konica V8 Supercar Series held at Phillip Island this weekend, ahead of current series leader Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom and Peters Motorsport's Brett Peters.
A complete engine change by SBR one-hour before the third race saw Winterbottom start from pit lane damaging his chances of a fourth straight round win.
White jumped at the opportunity and dominated the third and final race of the day taking out the win and the round, eight points ahead of Winterbottom who climbed to seventh in the third race after starting from the back of the grid.
It was White's first round win for the season and the first in his newly purchased ex-Briggs Ford Falcon.
"It's great to take that next step," White said in the post-race press conference. "This year has been a change and with the swap from a Holden to a Ford half-way through the year it has definitely started to pay off."
White finished race one in seventh position and third in race two to give him a round total of 178 points and a series total of 684 points, narrowing the margin to Winterbottom who is on 730.
NMS Racing's Phillip Nichols provided the crowd with some excitement and exhilaration in the first race as he slammed into the tyre wall on turn twelve heading into Gardner Straight causing a three-lap safety car period extending the 12-lap race to 15-laps.
Winterbottom dominated the first race capitalising on Smiths Trucks Owen Kelly's misfortune as he ran out of fuel on the last lap after holding second position for the majority of the race, finally crawling over the finish line in 27th position.
Kelly managed second position in the full reverse grid race two after a tight battle with Super Cheap Auto's Luke Youlden for the entirity of the 15-lap race. The 12-lap race two was also extended to 15-laps due to an altercation between Holden Young Lions Dale Brede and First state/IGM's Tim Gordon after Brede tried to overtake Gordon's car who was a lap down.
Kelly's bad luck continued in the third race when mechanical problems halted his car on the sixth lap of the 22-lap race, leaving him in 22nd position for the round and sliding him down from third position on the Championship points table to sixth.
Winterbottom was not disappointed with his first second round placing for the year, praising the Stone Brothers Racing team for their great performance on the weekend.
"The way the guys worked putting the engine in for the third race was amazing, not many teams would be able to do it.
"We still managed 7th position in the third race and only dropped eight points off the series lead so we will be looking to extend that again at the next round at Winton."
The 2003 Konica V8 Supercar Series heads to Winton Motor Raceway for round five of the series on August 2-3.
<pre> TOP TEN PLACE GETTERS RACE THREE 1. #28 Matthew White Falcon AU 22 laps 2. #30 Luke Youlden Falcon AU 3. #40 Brett Peters Falcon AU 4. #27 Marcus Marshall Falcon AU 5. #14 Steve Owen Commodore VX 6. #88 Peter Gazzard Falcon AU 7. #41 Mark Winterbottom Falcon AU 8. #96 Tony D'Alberto Commodore VX 9. #64 Mark Porter Commodore VX 10. #47 Craig Bastian Falcon AU
TOP TEN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTSCORE 1. #41 Mark Winterbottom Falcon AU 730 2. #28 Matthew White Falcon AU 684 3. #64 Mark Porter Commodore VX 610 4. #40 Brett Peters Falcon AU 554 5. #88 Peter Gazzard Falcon AU 548 6. #72 Owen Kelly Commodore VT 540 7. #30 Luke Youlden Falcon AU 514 8. #56 Kevin Mundy Falcon AU 514 9. #55 Jose Fernandez Falcon AU 496 10. #46 Dale Brede Commodore VX 492