27 | 10 | 2013 - TITLE CHALLENGERS SUFFER IN SURFERS
Ford Pepsi Max Crew endured the tough side of racing on the Gold Coast with title contenders Will and Mark suffering mixed results in Surfers Paradise.
While stable mates David Reynolds and Dean Canto claimed a popular win, Will struggled to ninth due to low rear grip which hampered his progress.
Mark?s chance of another big points haul was over before he even sat behind the wheel.
Damaged rear suspension with co-driver Steve Richards at the wheel early in the race forced a two-lap delay while the crew made repairs.
The delay dropped the pair to the rear of the field from where they recovered to 18th by race end to salvage some points.
Despite a tough Sunday the pair still leaves the event closer to new series leader Craig Lowndes. Mark is third, 88 points off the lead while Will is fourth, 121 in arrears.
Mark Winterbottom & Steven Richards - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
Race Result: 18th
?It was a tough day for car five. Richo had some damage in the rear to a couple of components and the crew did a good job to fix it, but we lost two laps so the race became a salvage operation. On our dark day we had good success for Dave and Dean and I am really happy to see them get a win. The great thing about this team is that even when one car has a bad day someone else can get a good result. We leave here 88 points down and while we hoped it would?ve been better we are still well in contention so will keep fighting to the end.?
Will Davison & Steve Owen - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
Race Result: 9th
?It was looking like we had a great strategy but we ended up further back in the pack than planned so things didn?t quite turn out as planned. This place is never easy and today proved that again. I am genuinely happy for Dave to get his first ever win. Dean is a great guy and they have both been close a few times so it?s great they could give the team another win here.?
Tim Edwards ? FPR Team Principal:
?It is so pleasing to see David and Dean win today and also to claim our third-straight Gold Coast 600 Sunday race win. This place is hard on cars and teams so to have been so consistent is very satisfying. It was a tougher day for the rest of the team, especially for championship contenders Mark and Will. Yesterday they gained, today they lost a bit, but we?ve still closed the points gap this weekend so the battle will continue.?
GOLD COAST 600
RACE 31 RESULTS:
1) David Reynolds/Dean Canto ? The Bottle-O Racing Team
2) Fabian Coulthard/Luke Youlden ? Brad Jones Racing
3) Russell Ingall/Ryan Briscoe ? Walkinshaw
9) Will Davison/Steve Owen ? Ford Pepsi Max Crew
18) Mark Winterbottom/Steven Richards ? Ford Pepsi Max Crew
DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS AFTER RACE 31
1) Craig Lowndes? Triple Eight: 2549 points
2) Jamie Whincup ? Triple Eight: 2543
3) Mark Winterbottom ? Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 2461
4) Will Davison ? Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 2428
5) Fabian Coulthard ? Brad Jones Racing: 2153
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS AFTER RACE 31
1) Triple Eight: 5132 points
2) Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 4914
3) Brad Jones Racing: 4195