TOUGH LOVE IN THE TOP END

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Mark Winterbottom of Prodrive Racing Australia during the Clipsal 500,  at the Adelaide Street Circuit, Adelaide, South Australia, March 04, 2016.

TOUGH LOVE IN THE TOP END 

The scorching temperatures of Darwin proved to be nothing short of a ‘battlefield’ for round six of the 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, as Hidden Valley Raceway provided some of the series’ wildest action in quite some time.

For Monster Energy-backed Prodrive Racing (Australia) compatriots, Cam Waters and Mark Winterbottom, a series of unfortunate events would unfold across the weekend for the pair, and subsequently, they’d each record their lowest points scoring race weekend for the year.

“That was probably one of my worst efforts in a race car. The car was fast but it was hard to drive. At the restart it was unfortunate we made contact with Todd (Kelly). I tried to position myself but when he went defensive I tapped his rear guard and hit him in the worst spot possible and earned a drive-through penalty,” commented Winterbottom post race.

By virtue of his 9th and 22nd race scorecard, Winterbottom drops to fourth in the standings, a mere 63 points out of the lead.

Cam Waters once again showed great pace in his Monster Energy Racing Ford, however a few errors across the weekend saw the rookie finish 22nd and 24th over both races.

“It wasn’t a very good weekend at all. I don’t really know what to say. It was a weekend where nothing went to plan. We’ll regroup, and come back faster in Townsville,” commented Waters.

Despite a continuous lack of qualifying pace, Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney fought through the carnage during Sunday’s race, and logged a solid fifth place finish despite struggling for outright speed.

The Virgin Australia Supercars championship continues it’s mid-season ‘tropical holiday’ of sorts, with the series now heading to Queensland for the Townsville Street Circuit, a place where Mark Winterbottom swept both races just one year ago…

 

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (ROUND 6 OF 16)

1 – Jamie Whincup 1275
 
2 – Craig Lowndes 1245
 
3 – Scott McLaughlin 1230 
 
4 – Mark Winterbottom 1212
 
5 – Shane van Gisbergen 1204 
 
6 – Will Davison 1152
 
7 – Michael Caruso 1035
 
8 – Tim Slade 1023
 
9 – Rick Kelly 921
 
10 – James Courtney 909
 
11 – Garth Tander 907
 
18 – Cam Waters 685