Ford Pepsi Max Crew has finished the Townsville 400 with a considerable boost in the driver and team points tallies despite missing the podium in a race dominated by alternate strategies.
Pole-sitter Mark was the best FPR car in fourth place and the highest one-stop runner with yesterday?s race winner Will finishing 10th behind a bevy of two-stop cars.
Mark?s efforts see him jump to fourth in the points behind his team-mate and both drivers have reduced the gap considerably to their chief rivals.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
Race 17: 4th
?We did a great job today and everything went as it should especially when we were driving away from the field, though there was a flipside as our tyre use yesterday maybe hurt us a bit today. I don?t believe the tyre allocation is quite right as some people that had poor results yesterday were advantaged today. We did the best we could and fourth was it. That aside it was good to claw back points today and without the early season issues we would be much higher. The last couple of events have given us a lot more hope and our chance at the title doesn?t look so unrealistic now. We came away with more points than our rivals so it wasn?t a bad weekend at all.?
Will Davison - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
Race 17: 10th
?It was a disappointing day really after yesterday. I had a cracking start and moved from ninth to third pretty quickly. The car felt okay on the hard tyres but I could tell early on the set-up wasn?t quite where we wanted it and I picked up a lot of understeer which hurt the rear tyres. We then lost a lot of time getting carved up by all the cars running the alternate soft tyre strategy early in the race. We pushed to close the gaps in the second half but without a safety car that was pretty much impossible. We did all we could and made no mistakes but it just wasn?t our day. Today aside it has been a promising weekend and we?ve closed the gap and the car is improving all the time.?
Tim Edwards ? FPR Team Principal:
?While today certainly didn?t reach the heights of yesterday we again secured a large haul of points which has capped a successful weekend for the team. Mark?s pole and fourth place, coupled with yesterday?s podium, have revived his points tally and he?s continued his strong run of form. Will was solid but both he and Frosty just couldn?t quite match the outright pace of the two-stoppers around them. There was a risk with that strategy but it paid off for those that chose it.?
SUCROGEN TOWNSVILLE 400
RACE 21 RESULTS:
1) Garth Tander ? HRT
2) James Courtney ? HRT
3) Shane van Gisbergen ? Tekno
4) Mark Winterbottom ? Pepsi Max Crew FPR
5) Russell Ingall ? Walkinshaw
10) Will Davison ? Pepsi Max Crew FPR
DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS AFTER RACE 21
1) Jamie Whincup ? Triple Eight: 1591 points
2) Craig Lowndes ? Triple Eight: 1480
3) Will Davison ? Pepsi Max Crew FPR: 1376
4) Mark Winterbottom ? Pepsi Max Crew FPR: 1337
5) Shane van Gisbergen ? Tekno: 1310
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS AFTER RACE 21
1) Triple Eight: 3086 points
2) Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 2738
3) Brad Jones Racing: 2605