Winterbottom back on top in race one

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 02/05/2015
  • By V8 Supercars

It was a Pepsi Max Prodrive one-two finish in the first V8 Supercars race in Perth, after Mark Winterbottom got the jump off the line on teammate Chaz Mostert.

Mostert was the fast man on Sunday at Barbagallo last year, but Winterbottom -who hadn't earned a Championship race win since Darwin last season - took the spoils.

The win was perfect preparation for lining up on ARMOR ALL Pole Position for the day's second race.

"We normally have good results here but one-two is as good as it gets, awesome day," Winterbottom said.

"I was struggling a bit there, Chaz had a quicker car but I got him off the line... A one-two is awesome and I know Reynolds wasn't far behind as well."

Winterbottom said the win was good for his confidence, sailing home 0.59sec ahead of his teammate.

While eyes were on 'Frosty' at the front, defending V8 Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup started from 21st and managed to weave his way up to 15th during the 25 laps.

And although Craig Lowndes didn't take his 100th Championship win from third on the grid, he held on to that podium position and jumped into the Championship lead with Whincup back in the pack, James Courtney finishing 10th, and Garth Tander retiring with a failure in the left rear suspension.

"No doubt we've got a good car but these guys beside us have a great car," Lowndes said of the Pepsi Max FG X Falcons.

"We're not far off them, we just have to make some little tweaks for race two."

Shane van Gisbergen, Jason Bright, David Reynolds, Will Davison, Fabian Coulthard, Rick Kelly and Courtney completed the top 10.

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Race two begins at 3.15pm local time.

Click here for Championship points.

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