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Mark Winterbottom breaks through at Bathurst 1000

Oct 13, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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Mark Winterbottom (pictured, right) survived a thrilling duel with Jamie Whincup in the closing moments to win the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama, claiming his first career triumph in the premiere race for Australia’s V8 Supercars.

The victory ended a long period of Bathurst frustration for Winterbottom and his Ford Performance Racing team. Prior to Saturday, Winterbottom had never hit the podium in the “Great Race” and FPR hadn’t notched a Top-3 result there since 2004.

For the fifth year in a row, the margin of victory was less than one second as Winterbottom and Whincup fought tooth-and-nail all over the mountain in a frantic ending. On the final lap, Whincup went to the outside and pulled his Triple Eight Racing Holden alongside Winterbottom’s Ford going into Turn 2 but Winterbottom was able to hang on to the point.

With Whincup’s momentum zapped, Winterbottom went on to win for himself and co-driver Steven Richards (pictured, left) by .47 of a second. The triumph came one day after Ford announced it would continue to support the FPR squad despite plans to cease manufacturing in Australia within the next few years.

“To win Bathurst is amazing but to do it with Ford, to do it after the announcement yesterday, to do it with FPR, to do it with Richo – if I could ever ask to win Bathurst in any scenario it’s exactly what happened today,” Winterbottom said according to The Sydney Morning Herald. “To see the Ford fans cheering your name. I’ve never been more pumped in my life.”

With Whincup and Paul Dumbrell left to settle for runner-up, another Holden tandem – Craig Lowndes and Warren Luff – picked up third after Lowndes engaged in his own late battle with multiple drivers for the final step on the podium.

  1. apexassassin - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Frosty was trully impressive!!!

    If Nascar fans ever see Aussie V8’s it’ll all be over for ovals. I can’t how anyone would prefer oval/super speedways to Mt Panorama or Sandown. Too bad they are skipping COTA next year… I was trully hoping this would wake up the average race fan.

    • jezza819 - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Skipping COTA? I haven’t heard that. Small crowd or is there another reason?

      I was watching Bathurst online until my internet went out at about lap 100 and I missed the finish.

      • apexassassin - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        They’ll post the race in it’s entirety soon… or at least they did for the last couple of years.

        I’m not an Aussie or expert on the series but I read on another site that it was simply too expensive to justify the shipping and related costs, however attendance may have been a factor. Temps were in the mid-90s (no shock there, lol), and attendance was 68,891 compared to 118,000 for F1. Also the format at COTA was pretty lame,.. four identical 100-kilometer races, three of which were won by driver Jamie Whincup, made for a lack of interest by the fourth race.

        Also this is a one-two punch for COTA: The track already knew it was losing its Grand-Am weekend, since Grand-Am and the American Le Mans Series both come to Austin. But since they have combined into the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, there will obviously only be one event.

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