Supercars drivers travelled to three different continents last weekend, following the 2018 season opener in Adelaide.
Tickford Racing pair Mark Winterbottom and Cameron Waters went furthest afield to South and North America respectively, Andre Heimgartner won New Zealand’s BNT V8s Championship, Shane van Gisbergen went drifting and David Reynolds raced a historic Mustang at Phillip Island.
Winterbottom returned to the Stock Car Brasil Championship and Interlagos, for its annual, two-driver season opener.
The 2015 Supercars champion shared a Shell Chev with local Atila Abreu, the pair 11th, fourth and sixth in the three practice sessions.
Winterbottom and co-driver Abreu
A fuel-pump problem in qualifying sentenced Winterbottom and Abreu to the back of the field, but they worked their way through to 12th, which became 11th due to a post-race penalty ahead.
“We went from Position 33 to Position 12 in a shortened race due to weather,” Winterbottom said.
“Happy with the result but disappointed we didn't make qualifying as I feel we could have won from a better starting position.