FROSTY WIN

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - ROHAN O'NEIL rohan. o'neil@ news. com. au

THERE was sim­ply no stop­ping Mark Win­ter­bot­tom at the Townsville 400 as the fan favourite surged fur­ther ahead of his ri­vals with a clean sweep of the two 200km races.

The man nick­named Frosty drove with ice blood through his veins across both races, with yesterday’s win over Holden Rac­ing Team ri­val James Court­ney and Pro­drive Rac­ing Aus­tralia team­mate David Reynolds stretch­ing his cham­pi­onship lead to 248 points.

Win­ter­bot­tom started from fifth on the grid but was able to push ahead when his fel­low driv­ers fell away and went rel­a­tively un­trou­bled af­ter a smooth pass­ing ma­noeu­vre to go ahead of Reynolds with 17 laps to go.

A bumper crowd was on hand to watch Win­ter­bot­tom pi­lot his Ford Fal­con FG X to a sixth vic­tory of the 2015 sea­son and the in- form driver was thrilled with how his team con­quered the Reid Park cir­cuit that trou­bled them last year.

“Those races were re­ally good and the car in the fi­nal stint was amaz­ing,” he said.

“It’s an awe­some re­sult for the team and for me per­son­ally. Last year, we had real strug­gles here so we put a lot of work into these cars and to have all cars com­pet­i­tive made it an awe­some week­end.

“We are push­ing along, qual­i­fy­ing in the right spots and that lets you race.”

The pair of Townsville wins added 300 points to Frosty’s to­tal as he chases an over­all driv­ers cham­pi­onship win that has eluded his dec­o­rated ca­reer so far but de­spite push­ing fur­ther ahead, the Pepsi Max Crew su­per­star in­sisted the ti­tle was the fur­thest thing from his mind.

“It’s just good to win races, to be hon­est, and to sit here and you think you have it in the bag you are kid­ding your­self,” he said.

“It’s nice that we are get­ting re­sults and the other guys you can’t re­ally con­trol but those days that the ( Craig) Lown­des, ( Jamie) Whin­cups or ( Fabian) Coulthards have bad days you have to max­imise them and that’s what we’ve done well this year. It’s good to lead. Hope­fully we can main­taina ntain it. it.”

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Pic­tures: TIM HUNTER, ZAK SIM­MONDS

FAM­ILY FUN: Mark Win­ter­bot­tom is con­grat­u­lated by his wife Re­nee and ( inset) son Cadel, 5, af­ter his win at the Townsville 400 yesterday, his sec­ond for the week­end.

Pic­tures: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM, FIONA HARD­ING

Plusl Fi Fit­ness promo girls Shar­nah Case and Sa­man­tha Hall walk the Reid Park cir­cuit yesterday and ( right) The Liv­ing End’s Chris Cheney on stage dur­ing Satur­day night’s con­cert. MORE PHOTOS: page 10

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