Australian V8 Supercar fastman, Mark (Frosty) Winterbottom, squeaked into the top-10 shootout in the last minute of qualifying in Melbourne, setting a red hot time on cold tyres, after a steering glitch kept him in the pits for most of the session
The Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Falcon team was trialling a new steering part which needed changing during the 30-minute session.
A red flag meant more time was lost and Frosty had just six minutes to register a time. But he did it and set the ninth-fastest lap of 1m 58.3876s.
Teammate Steve Richards was caught out by the red flag, saying the Castrol FPR Falcon needed at least four laps to get its tyres up to temperature. He set the 11th fastest time.
“Sitting in the pit lane for most of the session wasn’t ideal,” Winterbottom said. “It’s a frustration mentally. My out lap was so fast because I was panicking about setting a time that I was racing people won cold tyres.
“I don’t think ninth is a bad time for my first flyer and (the car) was still very heavy with fuel as well.”