Mark Winterbottom has closed to within 18 points of series leader Craig Lowndes by winning the second of this weekend’s four races at Pukekohe Raceway.

The Ford Performance Racing driver bounced back from a troubled Friday – where he had wild spins in both qualifying and the race – with a lights-to-flag win. He overtook pole-sitter James Courtney at Turn 1 and controlled the 35-lap race from there on.

His only serious threat came with having to manage a safety car restart with less than ten laps to go, triggered by a mechanical failure for Robert Dahlgren’s Volvo.

That allowed Courtney to close right up to Winterbottom, but ‘Frosty’ had no trouble keeping the chasing Holden at bay to claim his second win of the 2014 season.

It was a double podium result for the works Ford team, with Winterbottom’s teammate Chaz Mostert finishing third, getting by reigning champion Jamie Whincup at the final corner after his Holden ran wide at the high-speed right-hander.

Whincup held onto fourth, finishing ahead of Shane van Gisbergen and Scott McLaughlin, with Nick Percat, David Reynolds, Garth Tander and Fabian Coulthard completing the top ten.

Championship leader Lowndes had a poor first race after he only qualified fifteenth. The veteran lost more ground after sliding wide at the final corner and crossed the finish line in sixteenth place.

Friday race-winner Jason Bright also had a poor race, suffering incidents with both van Gisbergen and Tim Slade. He earned a drive-through penalty for his contact with the latter, but took the opportunity to make a pit stop and charge back up to finish twelfth from last place.


2014 V8 Supercars ITM 500 Auckland – Race 2 Results (35 laps):

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford 39:39.700
2. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1.951
3. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 5.252
4. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 6.789
5. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 8.693
6. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 9.391
7. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden + 10.315
8. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 12.151
9. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 12.770
10. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 14.031
11. Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 14.903
12. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 17.631
13. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 22.452
14. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 22.687
15. James Moffat Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 22.961
16. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 23.962
17. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 24.273
18. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 24.677
19. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 25.096
20. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 25.961
21. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 55.560
22. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 1:00.665
Not Classified
DNF. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo 24 laps
DNF. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden 10 laps
WD. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford

Image via Ford Performance Racing

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