DEWALT Racing’s Mark Winterbottom charged forwards to claim an eighth place finish in Race 14 at the Townsville 500, while TRADIE Beer Racing’s David Reynolds battled home in 22nd.

The team made gains overnight in their qualifying performance, with Winterbottom and Reynolds starting off the eighth row of the grid in 15th and 16th, only one tenth of a second away from reaching the Top 10 Shootout.

Winterbottom made a great start and started charging his way forwards. With a great strategy and pit stops in the pit lane and a brilliant drive, Winterbottom worked his way into the top ten for a solid eighth place finish after a trying weekend.

Reynolds’ race was compromised after contact on the opening lap exiting Turn 2. Reynolds showed real determination and pushed on to bring home the TRADIE Beer Camaro in 22nd place.

The team’s efforts this weekend saw them move ahead of Matt Stone Racing in the Teams Championship to sixth position.

Team 18 will be back on track for the Sydney SuperNight on July 19-21 at Sydney Motorsport Park.

RESULTS & QUOTES

Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 DEWALT Racing Team 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Qualifying: 15th

Race 14: 8th

“It was a really tough weekend. We just struggled with a lot of brake locking for the whole weekend.

“The team worked really hard. We had glimpses of hope with Friday practice with third, but I knew we were in trouble because when you had to push harder the brake locking got worse, so we battled through that.

“We had a rough day Saturday and just survived and then today qualified a little bit better, still not where we want to be in 15th, but had good pace at moments.

“Glimpses of hope, got through to sixth and then a few guys on tyre strategy pipped us at the end with eighth.

“We saw guys struggle here who have been strong, and we saw guys who have struggled be strong, so, it’s a really weird place.

“I appreciate the work from all my crew and team here at Team 18 and we’ll bounce back in a week’s time in Sydney and go again.”

David Reynolds, driver #20 TRADIE Beer Racing Team 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Qualifying: 16th

Race 14: 22nd

“Just a really tough day from the outset. I qualified 16th which was a little bit better than yesterday. I got a reasonable start and got caught in a crash with the championship leader which I’m very disappointed about.

“After that we tried to truck on and we just had no pace in the car. The 88 laps after an accident is not fun and it just made for a really tough day.

“We’ll sit back and look at the weekend holistically and see where we could improve. It all starts basically from practice and it’s always a knock on effect, like having small dramas in practice like the engine drama and then you sort of second guess your set up changing too much stuff and not sticking to your guns.

“It was a very challenging weekend. But you need to have these weekends because they make you reset yourself and refocus on what is important.”