Mark Winterbottom believes lapped cars spoiled the finish of today’s race at the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400.
The field was bunched up by the Safety Car with a handful of laps remaining, exciting fans for a big finish – but lapped cars of Tim Blanchard, Chris Pither and Rick Kelly meant the top three could not battle it out to the chequered flag.
Winterbottom was surprised by the lack of blue flags (forcing the cars to let the leaders past) and said a similar congested finish would ruin the drama of a huge race like the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
“From a TV point of view I think it looks pretty average,” Winterbottom said.
“Imagine Bathurst and that havoc went down – you’ve got one of the biggest races of the year and you’re not fighting each other.
“There were no blue flags getting waved either, so normally the guys would pull over. But they’re racing – for 15th, 14th and 13th, or 23rd or whatever it was – so it’s a tough one.
“Different parts of the race they deem different things – but if that was the end of Bathurst it would be a bit of an anti-climax, really.
“It’d be interesting to see how they do it, but it may be late in the race cars have to two laps to go they’re not going to catch the train so something could’ve been done about it but you just think of the big races, they shouldn’t finish like that.”