It took longer than we had hoped, but we finally got a trophy haul over the weekend in Western Australia. Check out our photo gallery and crash course on the Perth SuperSprint below.
Frosty P2 on 450th Start
In his 450th Supercars start, Mark Winterbottom used a one-stop strategy to finish runner-up in Race 11, having maintained his tyre life well enough to storm from 17th with twenty laps to go to P2 at the chequered flag. The result was Frosty’s 117th career podium, which is third most in Supercars history. A repeat performance was quashed on Sunday when he and Richie Stanaway made contact on Lap 1, bending the veteran’s steering and hampering his pace for the remainder of the race. After Race 12, Frosty admitted he thought another strong result was in the cards, as his car had relatively positive pace despite the damage.
Randle’s First Pole, Podium
Super2 driver Thomas Randle is only a rookie in 2018, so you could call it a career weekend for the 22-year old, who scored a round podium in just his second proper Super2 event, and much to his surprise, won the pole for Race 8 on Saturday with a lap just 0.01s from the Super2 track record. Having missed Races 2 & 3 in Adelaide after a power steering failure removed him from Race 1, Randle scored modest results in Tasmania, before his performances in Perth – 6th, 2nd and 6th – vaulted him ten positions in the season championship. He now sits P11 at the Super2 halfway points. Randle and the Super2 field will next compete July 6-8 at the Townsville 400.
What’s Next: Winton SuperSprint
Finishing the season opening gauntlet in which 2018’s first six events are contested across 11 weeks, Tickford Racing heads north to its home test track, Winton Motor Raceway for the Winton SuperSprint. Races 13 & 14 of 2018 will be contested on the 3-kilometre permanent circuit that has hosted some of the championship’s most exciting races over the years.