After another day of carnage on the streets of Surfers Paradise, Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom again displayed all the hallmarks of a champion by racing from the rear of the field to record his 30th career podium finish with a well deserved third place.
In a race filled with no less than six safety car periods, the Gold Coast street circuit provided fans with one of the most dramatic races of the season, and FPR's best starting position this season with an all FPR front row thanks to a blinding lap by Frosty's Dunlop Super Dealer FPR teammate Steve Richards which secured him second place on the grid alongside the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon.
"That was pretty hard going out there today," Frosty said.
"There were literally whole car parts lining the track, so to finish, let alone on the podium was a godsend."
After having his Orrcon Steel Falcon receive some major repair work overnight following yesterday's opening lap skirmish, Frosty was keen to make amends and illustrate how strong his FPR Falcon really was - which he achieved by putting the #5 machine on pole position for this afternoon's 300-kilometre race.
"The boys worked really hard last night to get the car back into shape for today," Frosty said.
"We've been strong all weekend so to bow out of yesterday's race like we did was hard to take ... when I walked in this morning she was as good as new, and that was proved once we got out on the track and claimed pole."
Frosty's co-driver Luke Youlden had the start line honours, with the plan to let FPR stalwart Steve Richards take the lead into turn one and Luke to settle in behind him.
All was going to plan with Richo extending a three-second lead in the opening laps before the first safety car period regrouped the field.
With racing resumed and Will Power preparing to take over the driving duties from Richo, FPR's plans were thrown into disarray when a lap prior to Power's scheduled driver change another safety car was called leaving the IndyCar star left scrambling for his helmet and gloves to make the change prematurely.
With car #6 in the pit bay, and car #5 queuing, valuable time was lost in pit lane sending the FPR duo tumbling down the timesheets.
"That's both the beauty and beast of motorsport ... even the best laid plans can be thwarted at the last minute by something completely out of your control," Lukey said.
"Thankfully we had Frosty who was pretty fired up to get back in and drive the wheels off it all the way home ... it was a great drive," he added.
With the required pitstop tasks for both FPR Falcons complete, Power and Frosty set about claiming their rightful places back at the front of the field.
"It was great to finally get some V8 Supercar miles under the belt this weekend," Power said.
"It wasn't the most comfortable of rides as in the driver change confusion my seat insert was left out so I was copping a lot of heat through the seat ... but it was fun," the Toowoomba local added.
After another driver change 45 laps later, Richo was in the seat for the finishing stint in the Dunlop Super Dealer FPR Falcon, but the combination of being caught in traffic and lack of grip hampered his progress and he eventually finished in 13th place.
Back in the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon, Frosty was on fire and relishing the challenging concrete lined course.
"I love this circuit," he said.
"When you've got a strong car like we did there are plenty of opportunities to pass although having to work from the back of the field is never preferable!
I'm not really sure what happened in the earlier pitstop but luckily we were able to peg a few places back and with attrition we found ourselves back in the game," Frosty added.
By lap 68 Frosty had launched himself back up to fourth place, and by lap 93 secured another podium finish when he passed James Courtney for third.
Frosty's performance today sees him remain in championship contention on 2201 points although the task ahead will be a tough one with James Courtney still leading on 2521 points - but we all know that's just how Frosty likes it!

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