Mark Winterbottom has claimed the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy after beating Scott McLaughlin to the finish line in Race 13 of the V8 Championship.
Ford Performance Racing’s Mark Winterbottom became the second winner of the prestigious Jason Richards Memorial Trophy, after taking two race wins at Pukekohe Raceway for the fourth round of the V8 Supercars Championship.
Winterbottom defeated young-gun Scott McLaughlin, overtaking McLaughlin in pit-lane to win Race 13 of the championship.
Chaz Mostert also gained his first podium with Ford Performance Racing, finishing in third place with his new team.
Despite McLaughlin taking two pole positions over the weekend, he was unable to grab a win in front of his home New Zealand crowd like last year.
Front-row starter Tim Slade qualified second for Race 13, but due to a clutch failure the Supercheap Auto Commodore only managed 21st.
Craig Lowndes‘ championship also took a beating, with the Red Bull racer only finishing in 20th position.
Shane van Gisbergen fell shy of another podium finish in front of his home finishing fourth, with Michael Caruso, Jason Bright, Will Davison, Rick Kelly and V8 Champion Jamie Whincup rounding out the top ten.
Winterbottom was also able to grab the championship lead after Saturday’s race results, with the number 5 Falcon driver currently in first to Craig Lowndes by 107 points, with Fabian Coulthard third and Holden Racing’s James Courtney fourth.
“What an awesome race, the car was really good,” Winterbottom said.
“I had a bit of a bodgy start and trucked on through…
“A 100 point lead, that’s cool! I wanted to lead going out, not just halfway through.
“I feel honoured to win [the JR trophy].”
The next round of the V8 Supercars Championship will see the drivers head to Barbagallo for the Perth 400, on the 16-18 May.
Race 13 results
|1||5||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Pepsi Max Crew||Ford Falcon FG|
|2||33||Scott McLaughlin||Valvoline Racing GRM||Volvo S60|
|3||6||Chaz Mostert||Ford Pepsi Max Crew||Ford Falcon FG|
|4||97||Shane Van Gisbergen||Team Tekno VIP Petfoods||Holden Commodore VF|
|5||36||Michael Caruso||Norton Hornets||Nissan Altima|
|6||8||Jason Bright||Team BOC||Holden Commodore VF|
|7||9||Will Davison||Erebus Motorsport V8||Mercedes E63 AMG|
|8||15||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Nissan Altima|
|9||14||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing||Holden Commodore VF|
|10||1||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing Australia||Holden Commodore VF|
|11||222||Nick Percat||Walkinshaw Racing||Holden Commodore VF|
|12||2||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team||Holden Commodore VF|
|13||16||Scott Pye||Wilson Security Racing||Ford Falcon FG|
|14||22||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team||Holden Commodore VF|
|15||4||Lee Holdsworth||Erebus Motorsport V8||Mercedes E63 AMG|
|16||360||James Moffat||Norton Hornets||Nissan Altima|
|17||55||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Ford Falcon FG|
|18||18||Jack Perkins||Team JELD-WEN||Ford Falcon FG|
|19||23||Russell Ingall||Repair Management Aust Racing||Holden Commodore VF|
|20||888||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing Australia||Holden Commodore VF|
|21||47||Tim Slade||Supercheap Auto Racing||Holden Commodore VF|
|22||21||Dale Wood||Team Advam/GB||Holden Commodore VF|
|23||34||Robert Dahlgren||Valvoline Racing GRM||Volvo S60|
|24||7||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Nissan Altima|
By Loren Hazelwood @LorenHazelwood