Prodrive Racing endured a rough outing in the penultimate race at the Sydney 500 with tyre life and collisions hampering a strong start to the race.
Mark Winterbottom pushed up to fifth from his p7 starting position before an aggressive Shane Van Gisbergen ran up the inside of The Bottle-O Ford.
The initial bump and subsequent damage to the front left of car 1 prompted a front bar change, putting Winterbottom 5 laps down.
“I am disappointed with the result as we had such a great start and were in the mix early,” Frosty explained. “Unfortunately I got turned around and had several impacts which tore up the front bar and meant we had to get it fixed.”
“As a result we dropped laps and after that we just circulated to get as many points as we can. We lost a bit of ground in the driver and team championships today so we’ll battle on tomorrow and finish fighting all the way to the last lap.”