Mark Winterbottom
Mark Winterbottom Mike Knott

Winterbottom wins in New Zealand

FORD Performance Racing team boss Tim Edwards took a swipe at the team's critics after Mark Winterbottom took out yesterday's V8s Supercars ITM400 at Hamilton in New Zealand.

In what may be the last V8 race held across the Tasman for the foreseeable future, Winterbottom won a dogfight from Jamie Whincup with series leader Will Davison in third place.

That result followed Davison's win in Saturday's race, leaving him 21 points ahead of Whincup with a further 168 points back to Winterbottom in the overall standings.

Edwards was happy to revel in the outcome, saying this year's results had come on the back of years of hard work.

"It's my 8th year now with the team. Obviously there's been a lot of criticism over the last couple of years that we haven't delivered, but Rome wasn't built in a day," he said.

"We've been chipping away at it and for various reasons we haven't got there until now. We've been bridesmaid on too many occasions but hopefully this year we can be the bride."

Craig Lowndes finished fourth yesterday, ahead of Kiwi Fabian Coulthard and Lee Holdsworth.

The V8 Supercars Championship now moves back to Australia for the Tradingpost Perth Challenge at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth from may 4-6.