Winterbottom makes it two from two in Konica Series. Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom kept his perfect record intact when he won the second round of the Konica V8 Supercar Series in Adelaide tonight. Winterbottom, who won the opening...
Winterbottom makes it two from two in Konica Series.
Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom kept his perfect record intact when he won the second round of the Konica V8 Supercar Series in Adelaide tonight.
Winterbottom, who won the opening round of the championship at Wakefield Park last month, showed maturity beyond his 21 years by winning the longest race of his career -- an event which finished in the dark.
The youngster, who was second in last year's Formula Ford Championship on debut, settled into second place off the line in his Milligans Food Group Falcon.
By lap 20 he had caught race leader Owen Kelly and capitalised on a mishap by the Holden driver at turn one.
Winterbottom raced away to a strong lead in his Caltex Havoline and Bosch-backed Ford and when second-placed Andrew Jones limped into the pits on lap 32, he took a strong grip on the event's trophy.
One lap later Geoff Full had a major accident at the very fast turn eight which brought out the safety car.
The four laps under yellow flag conditions did not count towards the event's 40-lap total.
With six laps remaining Winterbottom shot away with lights a blazing, making use of the six-car buffer between himself and second-placed Dale Brede.
In the end Winterbottom led Brede and Mark Poole to the chequered flag.
"I was a little bit erratic for the first few laps, but we got into a bit of a groove," said Winterbottom.
"By the lap 20 we had managed to catch Owen Kelly and he had a little mishap and we managed to get by him. Then Andrew Jones fell away behind him.
"This place (Adelaide) is all about gaining confidence and that is a little harder in the dark.
"Thankfully I managed to keep it off the walls.
"This is the first time I have ever driven on a heavy fuel load. I made a few mistakes early and Owen (Kelly) managed to get away from me a bit.
"It is all an experience thing and now I know what to do on a heavy load.
"I felt physically pretty good considering it was the longest race I have done in a car.
"Lapped traffic was really hard out there. A lot of guys were racing with each other and I suppose when they saw another car they thought I was racing for position.
"It was nice to have six cars between myself and Dale Brede at the re-start.
"Just to finish here was the main thing, to get maximum points was a big bonus.
"I have to thank Milligans, Caltex Havoline and Bosch for such great support and Stone Brothers Racing for giving me such a great car."
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (After 2 of 6 rounds)
1: Mark Winterbottom 374
2: Mark Porter 336
3: Matthew White 336
4: Brett Peters 304
5: Owen Kelly 304
6: Kevin Mundy 288
7: Dale Brede 272
8: Peter Gazzard 258
9: Tony Ricciardello 248
10: Luke Youlden 246
1: Mark Winterbottom (Ford) -- 43 Laps
2: Dale Brede (Holden)
3: Mark Porter (Holden)
4: Matthew White (Holden)
5: Peter Gazzard (Holden)
6: Michael Simpson (Ford)
7: Kevin Mundy (Ford)
8: Brett Peters (Ford)
9: Jose Fernandez (Ford)
10: Grant Elliott (Holden)