Mark Winterbottom celebrates after winning yesterday’s Winton 400, in Victoria.
Mark Winterbottom celebrates after winning yesterday’s Winton 400, in Victoria. GETTY IMAGES

Frosty enjoys a good day at Winton Raceway

MOTORSPORT: Mark Winterbottom has V8 Supercars series leader Craig Lowndes in his sights after winning at Winton yesterday.

It was the second victory in consecutive years for the Ford star, and moved Winterbottom to within 28 points of Lowndes.

"I have to thank the team, they've done a pretty good job. Tyre life was not as strong as yesterday… (It's been a) bit of a hard start, but hopefully it's the start of many wins," Winterbottom said after leading home James Courtney by nine seconds.

While the man they call "Frosty" was a handy second in race two on Saturday, Lowndes had a weekend to forget.

He finished 8th in race one and then 16th in race two on Saturday, before coming home seventh yesterday.

Winterbottom's win was the first for Ford this season, with the new Mercedes team also celebrating its historic first win in race two on Saturday when Lee Holdsworth saluted for the financially-strapped outfit.

Another big mover on the weekend was Fabian Coulthard who is now in third place, 43 points behind Lowndes after taking out race one on Saturday in his Commodore before finishing second to Holdsworth in race two.

POINTS: Lowndes (Holden) 701, Winterbottom (Ford) 673, Coulthard (Holden) 658, Courtney (Holden) 609, Whicup (Holden) 606.



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