NEWS
HEAVENS OPEN AT HOMEBUSH

06 | 12 | 2014 - HEAVENS OPEN AT HOMEBUSH

Ford Pepsi Max has endured a tough day of racing at Homebush after Sydney Olympic Park was hit by severe rain midway through the second race.

The race never had the chance to develop as a huge storm front hit the circuit and forced a lengthy red flag period.

The amount of rain rendered conditions undriveable and while the race restarted behind the safety car no green flag laps were completed and the race was called early.

Conditions were fine for the opening 125-kilometre race though uncharacteristic mistakes for Frosty and Chaz saw them finish down the field.

 

Despite the dramas for Frosty, which saw him end up in the turn one tyres, he has maintained his second place in the points standings.

 

Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:

Race 36 Quali: 8th
Race 36 Result: 23rd

Race 37 Quali: 6th

Race 37 Result: 5th

“We made good progress in the second race in the dry but unfortunately I made an error in race one. We are chasing a few things in the set-up and I put my hand up for the mistake. I apologised to the crew and thankfully they did a great job getting the car ready. The rain was the worst I’ve ever seen it in my career. I can’t believe we went back out after the red flag. The visibility was non-existent and I think we all felt it a bit dangerous to be out there.”

Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford: 17th
Race 36 Quali: 10th
Race 36 Result: 15th

Race 37 Quali: 12th

Race 37 Result: 15th

“It wasn’t a great day and I made a lot of mistakes. In race two it was just rained out so there isn’t much to say. It was a bit ridiculous to restart the race under the safety car. You couldn’t see. The walls were hard to see even at low speed. We’ll get on with it tomorrow and this rain will wash the track so the conditions will be very different probably and there is potential for more rain.”

Tim Edwards – Team Principal

“It was incredibly difficult in that last race so full credit to all the drivers for doing such a great job. We didn’t really get to execute our plan due to the rain and we had a largely frustrating first race as well. Dave’s first podium was obviously the highpoint and was a good reward for his crew but rare mistakes from both Mark and Chaz cost them.”

 

SYDNEY 500 RESULTS – SATURDAY 
RACE 36
1) Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight
2) Tim Slade – Walkinshaw Racing
3) David Reynolds – The Bottle-O Racing Team
4) Scott McLaughlin – Garry Rogers Motorsport
5) Rick Kelly – Kelly Racing   
15) Chaz Mostert – Ford Pepsi Max Crew 
23) Mark Winterbottom – Ford Pepsi Max Crew 

RACE 37
1) Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight
2) Shane van Gisbergen – Tekno
3)
Scott McLaughlin – Garry Rogers Motorsport
4) Jason Bright – Brad Jones Racing
5) Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew

15) Chaz Mostert – Ford Pepsi Max Crew

 

DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1) Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight: 3244 points
2) Mark Winterbottom – Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 2715
3) Shane van Gisbergen – Tekno: 2628
4) Craig Lowndes – Triple Eight: 2603
5)
Scott McLaughlin – Garry Rogers Motorsport: 2419
7) Chaz Mostert – Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 2333

 

DUNLOP SERIES – SYDNEY 500 SATURDAY WRAP

Cameron Waters has closed in on P2 in the overall points and sits just 12 off heading into the final race of the season after second in Saturday’s Dunlop Series race. He qualified second, made a clean start and ran second throughout and needs to finish as high as possible in Sunday’s finale to try and overtake season-long rival Ash Walsh.

MARK WINTERBOTTOM
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS | 2489
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION | 6TH
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