Frosty back on the podium

15 November 2014

Frosty finishes 3rd

Ford Pepsi Max Crew’s Mark Winterbottom has made a welcome return to the podium at Phillip Island, finishing third in the second race where team-mate Chaz closed to just four points off his much-prized fifth place in the standings. 
Frosty surged to the lead in the second race but did not quite have the pace to hold top spot, eventually settling for third. 
The opening race was a tougher affair with an off-track excursion and resultant pit stop consigning him to 24th. 
Chaz endured a similarly hard first race after being punted off track by Garth Tander, though his fight back and a strong top 10 run in the day’s final outing sees him close the points gap. 

Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
Qualifying Race 33: 4th    
Result Race 33: 24th 
Qualifying Race 34: 2nd 
Result Race 34: 3rd 
“It has been a tough year and our team deserves credit for how well we started the year. We were going well there for most of the year but we dug ourselves a bit of a hole mid-year which cost us. We are on the up though and are getting there but we weren’t good enough for the whole year so full credit to Jamie (Whincup) and his team. In the first race I was just trying to have a crack and I just didn’t have as much grip as the people I was racing. I took all the grass from turn one to two when I went off which forced me to stop as the engine was about to go kaput. The podium was nice but winning is what we are here to do so we’ll keep pushing to improve.”
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
Qualifying Race 33: 6th    
Result Race 33: 16th 
Qualifying Race 34: 11th   
Result Race 34: 9th 
“I didn’t qualify too poorly, though I did make a mistake in the second session. The two 10-minute sessions limit what you can change if you need to make changes and we did so that cost us a little. I was holding fourth until (Garth) Tander went up the inside of me and he didn’t give me a lot of room. The contact reefed the steering wheel out of my hands and that dropped me down the field. We didn’t have many opportunities to pass in the second race and that was it. We did make some gains today and I think we can improve out pace for tomorrow.”

Tim Edwards – Team Principal: 
“Obviously it was a disappointing day with the championship now out of our grasp but our improved qualifying pace and a return to the podium for Frosty was a positive. The longer race tomorrow will suit us better so we all expect to have a stronger day. Congratulations to Jamie Whincup and Triple Eight on their title success.”

1) Scott McLaughlin – Garry Rogers Motorsport
2) Craig Lowndes – Triple Eight 
3) Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight 
4) Garth Tander – HRT 
5) Michael Caruso – Kelly Racing   
15) Chaz Mostert – Ford Pepsi Max Crew 
24) Mark Winterbottom – Ford Pepsi Max Crew 
1) Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight
2) Craig Lowndes – Triple Eight
3) Mark Winterbottom – Ford Pepsi Max Crew 
4) Garth Tander – HRT
5) Todd Kelly – Kelly Racing
9) Chaz Mostert – Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 

1) Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight: 2974 points
2) Mark Winterbottom – Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 2513 
3) Craig Lowndes – Triple Eight: 2469
4) Shane van Gisbergen – Tekno: 2397
5) Fabian Coulthard – Brad Jones Racing: 2223
6) Chaz Mostert – Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 2219
1) Triple Eight: 5493 points
2) Ford Pepsi Max Crew: 4757
3) HRT: 4175

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