Posted: 14 October, 2013
Winterbottom tells Triple M how he's feeling after winning Bathurst
Steve Richards (L) and Mark Winterbottom (R), take out Bathurst 2013 (Getty Images)
Mark 'Frosty' Winterbottom has told Triple M how he's feeling after winning Bathurst for Ford.
"I always thought a championship would feel better than Bathurst but I guess till you win this Bathurst race...standing on that podium and seeing all the Ford fans cheering and chanting, it was awesome" Frosty told Triple M.
Winterbottom held off a dramatic late challenge from Jamie Whincup to claim his first Bathurst 1000 crown at Mount Panorama on Sunday.
After a pulsating duel over the final 10 laps, the Ford driver took the chequered flag just 0.47 secs ahead of race favourite and pole sitter Whincup.
Craig Lowndes (Red Bull Racing Australia) took third place ahead of Jason Bright (Team BOC) and Garth Tander (Holden Racing Team).
The decisive moment came in the last lap when Winterbottom edged clear in an expertly-judged corner to gain decisive breathing space.
Remarkably Winterbottom had never produced a podium finish in 10 Bathurst starts before the 2013 race.
It was the first Ford victory at the mountain since Whincup and Lowndes won for the Blue Oval in 2008.
The triumph is a fitting reward for Whincup's persistence.
He was cruelly denied the Bathurst title in 2007 when he speared off the track while leading with 13 laps to go.
- 1. Winterbottom/Richards
- 2. Whincup/Dumbrell
- 3. Lowndes/Luff
- 4. Tander/Percat
- 5. Bright/Jones
- 6. Pye/Morris
- 7. Will Davison/Owen
- 8. McLaughlin/Perkins
- 9. Reynolds/Canto
- 10. Priaulx/Ekstrom
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