06 | 04 | 2014 - FROSTY FIRES AT HOME
Ford Pepsi Max Crew has claimed its first win of the season with a dominant drive from Mark Winterbottom on home soil at Winton Motor Raceway.
Frosty, now second in the championship, qualified fourth and was third by the first turn before eventually moving through to the lead.
From there he pulled away and despite some pressure from Fabian Coulthard ahead of his final stop, he was able to claim a comfortable victory.
The team enjoyed its strongest race overall with stable-mate David Reynolds and Chaz Mostert finishing fifth and sixth ? Reynolds gaining five places, Chaz nine from their original grid slots.
Chaz?s performance was particularly impressive as he matched Winterbottom?s pace for much of the race as he passed many of the key title challengers.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?That was awesome. The tyres were a bit different in every stint but my Pepsi Max Ford was so hooked up I was strong all day. At the end I just managed the gap and it is a really good result for us. It was nice to enjoy the closing laps with such a big lead and it was great to share such an important home win with all the fans. To get a win with my new engineer Grant (McPherson) is a big confidence boost and this weekend we worked really closely and this success will provide great confidence throughout the team and pays everyone back for their hard work.?
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?It was fantastic for the team to win today and the result is a great reward for everyone. My Ford was a rocket ship and we went from 15th to sixth which is credit to the guys working on my car. We had a bit of an up and down weekend but today we were quick and it would?ve been good if we qualified higher as we could?ve contended for the podium. I feel we?ve learnt quite a bit this weekend and heading to New Zealand I think we will be in contention there if we sort out our qualifying pace.?
Tim Edwards ? Team Principal:
?Today capped a great weekend and one which has put us back in contention and highlighted the united effort we?ve all put in recently. To win at home and to do so in the fashion we did and in front of so many Ford fans is very rewarding. Chaz was impressive today and Dave was very methodical and measured all weekend.?
WINTON 400 RESULTS
1) Mark Winterbottom ? Ford Pepsi Max Crew
2) James Courtney ? HRT
3) Tim Slade ? Walkinshaw
6) Chaz Mostert ? Ford Pepsi Max Crew
DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1) Craig Lowndes ? Triple Eight: 701 points
2) Mark Winterbottom ? Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 673
3) Fabian Coulthard ? Brad Jones Racing: 653
20) Chaz Mostert ? Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 322
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1) Triple Eight: 1332 points
2) Brad Jones Racing: 1063
3) Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 1020