Top performer: NP300 Navara Winton SuperSprint

  • 18/05/2015
  • By V8 Supercars
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

The Prodrive racers were strong across the three days at Winton, and there were some other exciting names on the podium and in the top 10 overthe weekend.

Sunday's race had some incredible exchanges both up the front and in the mid-pack.

Chaz Mostert was unstoppable throughout qualifying, and leads the pole count by two over Craig Lowndes; while his teammate leads Lowndes on wins by two, Winterbottom having earned the most victories of the season so far.

Throw in some speedy Nissans and return to the top 10 for a single car outfit, and there's plenty to analyse post-event as the V8 Supercars look to racing in Darwin next month. Who was your top performer?

Mark Winterbottom - Pepsi Max Crew - finished first, second and first

He has come out of the weekend leading the Championship and won two of the three races at Winton, his second consecutive win in a longerSunday race at the Victorian circuit.

The Pepsi Max Crew Falcons were dominant all weekend, and Winterbottom drove a great final stint keeping Fabian Coulthard at bay and taking the win.

"I thought the tyres were gone and they came alive and allowed me to manage the gap," he said.

Chaz Mostert - Pepsi Max Crew - finished second, first and 25th

Mostert had a hard end to the weekend but scored all three ARMOR ALL Pole Positions and leads the field with five poles for the year.

He got the jump in the first race over Michael Caruso's Nissan Altima, and had a great exchange with Craig Lowndes on Sunday, but a small mistake saw him off the track and backed into the tyre barriers during the 200km race.

Though he was disappointed about the error, Mostert wasn't beating himself up post race, but took it as something to learn from and greeted his fans at the end of the day.

Michael Caruso - Nissan Motorsport - finished third, 10th and fourth

Nissan's first podium for 2015 came from Caruso, who was the best performer in the four-car squad last year.

He was confident of qualifying pace and started Sunday's race from fourth after starting Saturday's race on from the front row of the grid next to Mostert.

Caruso improved from 21st in the Championship coming into the round to 14th - he was the second highest point scorer across the weekend, behind Winterbottom and ahead of David Reynolds.

Scott Pye - DJR Team Penske - finished 15th, 18th and eighth

Finishing a 200km race in the top 10 was a real breakthrough for the newly amalgamated team, which saw Marcos Ambrose step out of the drivers' seat so Pye could work on improving the Falcon.

At a track where the FG X seemed to work well, it clicked for Pye on Sunday, who held his own battling with David Reynolds and Garth Tander mid-race, and didn't falter under the pressure of representing the Penske name.

Who do you think was the best performer over the weekend at the NP300 Navara Winton SuperSprint? Vote and comment below.

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