23 | 11 | 2013 - ACTION APLENTY AT THE ISLAND
Ford Pepsi Max Crew?s Mark Winterbottom finished fifth after starting on pole in the opening race of the Phillip Island 360 which was peppered with crashes, clashes and plenty of drama.
Mark?s clash with fellow title protagonist Craig Lowndes on the final lap of the first segment of the 60/60 race dropped him down the order to fifth, the same place he would eventually finish the 28-lap race.
Will suffered a similarly disappointing fate as he was in the top 10 battle in the first half but an overly aggressive Shane van Gisbergen spun out the #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford, dropping him down the order.
He eventually recovered to 17th though the incident cost him valuable championship points.
Mark?s clash with Lowndes was referred to the stewards but was dismissed with no case to answer for either party meaning the 88 point deficit he has to new leader Jamie Whincup remains ahead of Sunday?s two races.
The factory Ford team did enjoy some success with Will?s brother Alex claiming his maiden podium of the year with third for his FPR customer outfit, Team JELD-WEN.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
Race 32: 5th
?Qualifying was great and the race turned out to be a little frustrating. You have to have a go but the result was what it was. You like to convert poles into wins and I didn?t do that today. I have a really good car and if we get everything right tomorrow we should be okay.?
Will Davison - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
Race 32: 13th
?It was a disastrous day which was ruined in the first leg when I was spun around by Shane van Gisbergen. I was having a great run, taking it cautiously and was up to sixth place but being spun has ruined my day. We made some changes in the second part and I made as much headway as I could. There weren?t any positives as we were on the way to salvaging a tough qualifying so to have our day ruined by being spun is frustrating.?
Tim Edwards ? FPR Team Principal:
?Today was certainly a race of two very contrasting halves. Alex must be applauded for his drive and the Team JELD-WEN crew are very deserving of a podium. The other three drivers certainly had an up and down race. Some of it was just hard racing, but I am most thankful that Dave wasn?t injured in the big shunt at the hairpin. The fact both drivers walked away is a credit to the New Generation cars but Dave?s car took a big hit in the latter stages of the crash so had he been even a few metres further back it could?ve been very different.?
PHILLIP ISLAND 360
RACE 32 RESULTS:
1) Garth Tander ? HRT
2) Fabian Coulthard ? Brad Jones Racing
3) Alex Davison ? Team JELD-WEN
5) Mark Winterbottom ? Ford Pepsi Max Crew
17) Will Davison ? Ford Pepsi Max Crew
DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS AFTER RACE 32
1) Jamie Whincup ? Triple Eight: 2623 points
2) Craig Lowndes ? Triple Eight: 2609
3) Mark Winterbottom ? Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 2535
4) Will Davison ? Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 2464
5) Fabian Coulthard ? Brad Jones Racing: 2245
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS AFTER RACE 32
1) Triple Eight: 5272 points
2) Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 5024