Merc, Ford, Holden share spoils

OUT IN FRONT: Fabian Coulthard’s Holden led from start to finish in race one at Winton. PHOT: Marc Bongers

THREE different car makers enjoyed race wins on a historic weekend at Winton Motor Raceway’s V8 supercars event.

Lee Holdsworth won the second race on Saturday, giving Mercedes-Benz its first ever win in the category.

Holden’s Fabian Coulthard claimed the first race on Saturday while Ford’s Mark Winterbottom broke through for his first win of the year yesterday, taking out the 200km race ahead of Holden’s James Courtney and Walkinshaw Racing’s Tim Slade.

The weekend was not without controversy though, with “the enforcer” Russell Ingall launching a stinging attack on race stewards after he was issued with a black flag on Saturday.

In his spray he referred to officials as “peanuts” and said he would “like to drag those guys down to where the spectators are over there and see what happens to them”.

Controversy aside, the racing was top notch, especially on Sunday, when Winterbotttom tracked down race leader and pole-sitter, Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin, before McLaughlin was penalised for a pit lane penalty.

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