V8 Supercars: Winterbottom claims Barbagallo win in close finish


A very close finish as Mark Winterbottom keeps his Falcon just ahead of Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo and Craig Lowndes’ Commodore. Picture: Travis Barnes
A very close finish as Mark Winterbottom keeps his Falcon just ahead of Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo and Craig Lowndes’ Commodore. Picture: Travis Barnes

SOME wet and wild weather added spice to the V8 Supercars meeting at Barbagallo Raceway at the weekend, putting drivers and team tactics under extra pressure.

But the big second heat win went to Mark Winterbottom on Sunday, who managed to keep his Falcon fractionally in front of the fast-closing Volvo of Scott McLaughlin, with heat one winner Craig Lowndes just astern in his Commodore.

Lowndes won the Saturday race in impressive fashion, giving him his 16th victory in Perth and the national record for most wins at one track.

The 41-year-old racing legend had been equal with Mark Skaife’s record of 15 wins, which Skaife set at Oran Park, but the weekend’s triumph made him the sole record holder.

The wet weather put many a car off circuit, the most serious coming in one of the GT races when Geoff Emery lost control of his Audi R8 and ran nose-first into one of the barriers.

He was taken to hospital.

Stephen McLaughlin won the GT race in an Audi R8 from Nathan Morcom’s McLaren 650S with James Koundouris third in another Audi R8.

Kurt Kostecki was the best of the WA entrants in the Dunlop series, which was won by Jack le Brocq and Daryl Hansen in a Mustang and Will Colton in his XY

Falcon dominated the historics.

A highlight was the appearance of Ray Stubber in Joe Ricciardo’s immaculate Mclaren M10 F5000, giving the crowd a taste of what to expect in the big historic meeting later in the year when up to 20 of the mighty F5000s are expected at Barbagallo.