June 7, 2023


Automotive and technology

Front-end harm discovered on Winterbottom Supercar

Mark Winterbottom’s Irwin Racing Commodore in Townsville. Photograph: Mark Horsburgh

Mark Winterbottom tackled Supercars’ Townsville double-header very last month with a wounded ZB Commodore, the 2015 winner has exposed.

Immediately after exhibiting front-running tempo for the bulk of the season, which include qualifying on the entrance row at the preceding party at Concealed Valley, Winterbottom struggled dearly in North Queensland.

The #18 Irwin entry failed to even as soon as qualify in the entrance fifty percent of the 24-motor vehicle area in five tries on the Reid Park Street Circuit, although three best 10 race outcomes would be salvaged.

On return to Staff 18’s headquarters in the japanese Melbourne suburb of Mount Waverley, damage was identified.

“When we brought the motor vehicle again, we identified a significant drama with the front conclusion of the motor vehicle, so I did two rounds a little bit wounded up there,” Winterbottom informed Speedcafe.com.

“We were seriously undesirable in Townsville. The difficult portion is, when you are on the road, individuals do not realise the impact that it can have.

“Like, the fellas assistance the autos but when they convey a car or truck back to the workshop it receives stripped and typically things are hidden beneath bits that don’t come off at a race monitor but they arrive off back again at the workshop when you totally strip the car or truck.

“And you can sort of function out how lengthy complications have been by how lousy it appears to be.”

It follows a comparable concept from final 12 months, when Winterbottom’s kind dipped as the period wore on – only for a crack to later be located in the chassis.

Winterbottom. Image: Mark Horsburgh

Nevertheless, it’s been another optimistic period for the person acknowledged as ‘Frosty’.

Now 40 years of age, he is seventh in the championship with 4 best 5 benefits to his identify.

The podium that’s ongoing to elude him given that joining Workforce 18 in 2019 has been near on many instances, with a pit halt challenge proving highly-priced at Sandown and electrical dramas ruining his hopes of changing a front-row start off in Darwin.

“If we have been aggressive just about every week like that, you would not depend the types that you missed,” Winterbottom stated.

“But when you have acquired good prospects to gain races and you have finished all of the function to get into that situation and then something goes improper, then they harm far more.

“There’s been matters that have occurred that have variety of damage us a small bit but at the same time I assume the group has gone to a new stage and there is a lot more pressure on us now – persons are anticipating us to be better, which is excellent.

“I think despite the fact that place-sensible we’re seventh, we’re in a far greater placement than in which we have been final calendar year in terms of where the workforce is likely.”

Even with his Townsville difficulties, Winterbottom believes he and his crew learnt one thing there that will keep them in very good stead specially for the Bunnings Trade Phillip Island SuperSprint on Oct 23-24.

“Phillip Island, I’m on the lookout ahead to heading there simply because we weren’t that excellent final time we went [in 2019] but we located something at Townsville that I consider is heading to go well with people sort of tracks,” he noted.

“There’s tons of excellent things – last 12 months I just felt it slip away and absolutely nothing on the automobile was operating while at minimum now it is functioning and we’re obtaining issues.”

Winterbottom has received 38 Supercars races in his occupation, including the 2013 Bathurst 1000.