03 | 12 | 2013 - OLYMPIC SIZE EFFORT THE AIM FOR SYDNEY
Ford Pepsi Max Crew heads to the season-ending Sydney 500 with a chance at winning the championship with the circuit?s notorious history of incidents hopefully playing into the team?s favour.
Mark sits third overall and with 300 points on offer across the two races his 124 point deficit can be overcome if everything goes his way.
The team has won at the Sydney Olympic Park venue for the last two years and with Will also a mathematical chance for the drivers? crown the plan is to race cleanly at the front and not get caught in the usual chaos.
Mark was on pole twice at the last event and Will has qualified on the front row in every Sydney 500 race for the last two years so strong qualifying will be key to executing their respective race plans.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?It is good to go into the last event with a chance of winning the title and Saturday?s race will play a massive role in how all the contenders approach Sunday. Winning the championship is not impossible and if I can win the first race, which is my sole focus right now, the rest of the stuff has to sort itself out. No doubt it is going to be hard given the deficit but if all things fall our way there is a good chance we can come away with the number one on the car for next year.?
Will Davison - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?Sydney is going to be a little bit emotional as it is my final race with FPR so I want to go out on a really positive note to finish what has been a great relationship. That is all I am focussed on and I just want to enjoy myself. I love the track and have always had heaps of speed there. Actually, it?s possibly my favourite track on the calendar so if we can go out and win some races it will be a nice way to end the year. In terms of the title I can?t control other people and their results so anything can happen. Either way it has been a pretty solid year with a lot to be proud of so I just want to finish on a really great note.?
Tim Edwards ? Team Principal:
?Racing at Sydney Olympic Park is always exciting and with both titles on the line this year will be no different. We?ve seen great battles up and down pit lane all year and whatever happens the Grand Finale will likely deliver another big weekend of racing. Mark has every chance to win the title and he?d like nothing more than to do it in his old back yard. For Will, the circumstances are less favourable but if 2010?s final race taught us anything it is that the Olympic Park track can dish up random results. Overall the team has performed well this year and to have both cars still in the hunt is commendable. We?ll leave nothing on the table and see what comes of it.?
EVENT NAME: Sydney 500
DATE: 6 ? 8 December, 2013
LOCATION: Sydney Olympic Park
EVENT NUMBER: 14 of 14
FORMAT: Friday ? 4 x 30-minute practice; Saturday ? 1 x 20-min qualifying, 1 x Top 10 Shootout, 1 x 74-lap race; Sunday ? 1 x 20-min qualifying, 1 x 74-lap race
CIRCUIT: Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit
DESCRIPTION: Set around the streets of the Olympic Park precinct the track is tough and challenging in many ways. A mixture of high and low-speed sections, divided by bumps, kerbs and camber changes give this all the hallmarks of a typical street circuit. Uniquely, the paddock area is inside a building alongside the pit lane complex.
TRACK RECORD: 1m28.38s ? Craig Lowndes, 2011
FPR BEST RESULT: 1st (x2) Mark Winterbottom (2011), Will Davison (2012)