Prodrive Racing took home its second, first place trophy for 2016 in race 26 at the Auckland SuperSprint on Sunday afternoon. Reigning series champion, Mark Winterbottom in the Bottle-O FG X returned to pace with a strong lead in the day's opening race and as a result finished second in the standings for the coveted Jason Richards Memorial Trophy after a consistent weekend on track.
In the day’s opening race, number 26 for the season, Frosty made a stellar start from fourth on the grid, crossing the line with a one second gap over Scott Pye on the opening lap. A mistake between the Triple Eight duo further into the race gifted the Bottle-O driver a five second lead, which he extended to 10 seconds by the end of the 35 lap event.
The rain held off for the final race and Mark managed another strong start, falling into line behind his teammate after the first few corners. The two followed closely behind Scott McLaughlin for the duration of the race with Mark finishing fifth overall.
"It was good to get a win,” he said. “It was not expected really. I had a good start and put down some good laps and then all of the mess unfolded behind so it was awesome to get the second win of the year.”
“I thought one wasn't enough so it was great to get another win. That last race we had a really good start but it's hard with your teammate. We just kind of sat there and finished fourth and fifth with two straight cars and a couple of good results so it was a pretty good day."