FROSTY'S FALCON CRASHES - RICHO'S FLIES Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom's championship hopes took another blow when the Orrcon Steel pilot was caught up in a dramatic crash at the start of the second and final race at ...
FROSTY'S FALCON CRASHES - RICHO'S FLIES
Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom's championship hopes took another blow when the Orrcon Steel pilot was caught up in a dramatic crash at the start of the second and final race at Queensland Raceway this afternoon.
Winterbottom was tagged by GRM's Lee Holdsworth on the main straight and subsequently launched into the pit wall, causing significant damage to the #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon, and ending Frosty's race before the first corner.
"Pretty average start to a race," Winterbottom quipped.
"Lee stalled on the grid and I tried to get around him on the inside … he obviously didn't see me coming through and has caught the left rear of my car spinning me into the wall.
"It was pretty heavy impact and there's plenty of damage so I'm not sure if I'll be racing that car again … we'll definitely be wheeling out the spare Orrcon Steel Falcon for Winton," he added.
Today's crash sees Frosty slide down to eighth on the championship points tables, but with some of his best rounds yet to come, it would be a foolish punter to write Frosty off.
"Winton is our 'home' track and has been a happy hunting ground for us in the past … Darwin and Townsville have also been good to us so I'm confident we can get back into contention for the championship before the enduros," Winterbottom added.
Thankfully for the Campbellfield outfit it was a much better day out for Winterbottom's FPR teammate Steve Richards, who qualified for this afternoon's race in tenth place.
After a first lap safety car to clear the straight of Winterbottom's wreckage, Richo restarted the race in seventh place but was soon besieged by Rick Kelly and Steven Johnson who were obviously running a better conditioned tyre than the Dunlop Super Dealer racer.
After losing several places, Richo was called in on lap 20 for fresh tyres and fuel, resuming the race in 12th position, and with new rubber and new found car speed, Richo passed Johnson and Fabian Coulthard to edge into the top ten by lap 30.
Another good pit stop on lap 40 helped Richo into eighth place but he was caught in the closing laps by a tenacious Craig Lowndes to finally cross the line in ninth.
"The car improved each stint which was a great indicator that we were heading in the right direction," Richo said.
"There's still speed to be found in the car on the Dunlop SuperMAXX sprint tyre - and we learnt a lot today we can hopefully take to Winton in a fortnight … obviously they're very different circuits and temperatures will be down but we've got a good base of data to now work from," he added.
"It was a pretty good turn around by the team after yesterday's shocker, and even better to finish the weekend heading in the right direction."
Races 11 & 12 of the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship will be held at Winton Raceway in Victoria on 14-16 May.