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21 | 11 | 2010 - FROSTY BAGS ANOTHER PODIUM

Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom has successfully endured a strange day's racing at Sandown International Raceway today, crossing the line in second place to championship leader James Courtney.
Frosty was in command of the 65-lap race on the Dunlop 'Control' tyre until lap 32 when Will Davison and Michael Caruso were involved in a massive shunt at turn six which ultimately caused the race to be red-flagged.
Frosty had just pitted for fuel and a change to the Dunlop 'Sprint' tyre when the race was cancelled, leaving him to restart the race in eighth place - but Frosty took on a full fuel load which would see him through to the end of the race unlike several racers in front of him.
With the race shortened to 26 laps it was going to a be a sprint to the end and a battle between Frosty, Courtney and Jamie Whincup.
Frosty's Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon was looking good for the win but with nine laps to go, Courtney's Falcon seemed to be better balanced on the softer tyre and eventually he got past to cross the line ahead of the FPR racer.
"The car was great on the harder compound Dunlop 'Control' tyres but I was struggling on the softer 'Sprint' tyre," Frosty said.
"The soft just wasn't as good for the car and she was pretty loose at the end … towards the end there I had Jamie all over me so obviously he was enjoying some better tyre life than me."
"It was a good weekend though … the race had everything red flags , restarts, safety cars and three guys fighting for the championship so you couldn't ask for anymore than that."
When asked about his championship hopes, Frosty was pragmatic in his response;
"We've come on strong at end of year and the whole team has lifted but we had a few hiccups throughout the year which have hurt our chances going into the final round," Frosty said.
"200 points is going to be almost impossible - we'd really need Jamie and James to have some really bad luck - but you never say never in motorsport," he added.
Frosty's teammate Steve Richards wasn't as lucky today, finishing in 15th place.
"A tough day … we battled for pace, battled for position, and we lost a bit of time in our first stop," a disappointed Richo said.
"We were looking ok for a while there but the red-flag and restart situation didn't play out for us strategy wise but when those situations arise sometimes you have to roll the dice and hope your numbers come up," he added.
After claiming his first V8 Supercar pole position of his career, the FPR Bottle-O Falcon of Paul Dumbrell also had a tough run in the split race, although finished strongly in seventh place.
The FPR Falcons return to the track for the final time in 2010 at the Sydney Telstra 500 at Homebush on December 3.

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