Frosty Rises, Bargs Consolidates in V8 Championship Orrcon Racing's Mark Winterbottom had a successful finish to the Tasmanian Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains finishing an outstanding eighth in race three today and elevating his championship...
Frosty Rises, Bargs Consolidates in V8 Championship
Orrcon Racing's Mark Winterbottom had a successful finish to the Tasmanian Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains finishing an outstanding eighth in race three today and elevating his championship position to 12th.
Last year's Konica V8 Supercar Champion in his first season with the Orrcon-backed Larkham Motorsport team, made up nine positions in the final race to complete a top-10 finish.
Winterbottom earlier crossed the line 17th in race two and finished 13th overall for the round.
Orrcon Racing team mate Jason Bargwanna was happier after this morning's race two, when he made up 11 spots during the 42-lap encounter to finish 11th. This afternoon Bargwanna met the checkered flag 19th in race three, giving him a round position of 16th.
In a tumultuous day of racing at Tasmania's first V8 Supercar round since 1999, the Orrcon Racing crew put in a tremendous effort to complete an engine change on Bargwanna's car 10 between this morning's warm up session and race two.
"The Orrcon Racing team did a fantastic job to get the new engine in the car in time for race two," said Bargwanna.
"The result from race two was certainly a step in the right direction after yesterday, but we really can be further up. It is a challenge to make up a number of positions on this circuit."
Watched by more than 30,000 fanatical Tasmanians, race three was a dramatic affair with two safety car periods and a host of drivers vying for the round win.
Winterbottom reached 13th position after all drivers completed their compulsory pit stop, before going on to make up another five places in a battle of attrition.
"Today was a much better day for the Orrcon Racing number 20 car, especially rising to 12th in the championship," said Winterbottom.
"We got things off on the right foot this morning in warm up with the seventh fastest time. And then we were only two-tenths of a second off the fastest time in race three.
"The few improvements we made really paid dividends, as well as a great pit stop in race three."
Fellow Ford driver Russell Ingall ended up the round winner despite not winning a race, with today's checkered flags taken by championship leader Marcos Ambrose from Ford and Holden's Greg Murphy.
Ambrose heads the championship standings on 1982 points ahead of Murphy (1831) and Ingall (1782). Bargwanna sits in equal eighth on 1406 with Winterbottom shooting up to 12th on 1164.
The results from Orrcon Racing this weekend at the Tasmanian Triple Challenge maintained its position as the second highest Ford team in the championship behind Stone Brothers Racing.
The final round of the Championship, the BigPond Grand Finale, will be held at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway on December 3-5.