Ford Pepsi Max Crew’s Mark Winterbottom will use experience gained since childhood to try and reclaim the points lead this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The boy from Doonside in Sydney’s west fondly recalls riding his BMX to the circuit as a boy to watch racing, before he began his career in karts at the same venue.
Frosty sits a mere 15 points off the V8 Supercars Championship lead and is motivated to regain his advantage at one of his favourite tracks.
Chaz is fresh from two podiums last time out in Ipswich though will be making his V8 Supercars race debut at the track formerly known as Eastern Creek.
The young gun is hoping thorough preparation work from his engineering team will help him adapt quickly.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
“Losing the points lead is definitely given me a kick in the backside and I am keen to get it back. It is fitting we are heading to my home track where there will be a lot of friends and family to try and get the lead back heading in the enduros. It is a big event this one. I enjoy the circuit so hopefully it is good to us. It could be tough for everyone as there are a lot of unknowns. We’ve had success in the past there and we plan to get the lead back and show that we are in for the fight.”
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
“My expectations are low this weekend as I haven’t raced a V8 Supercar there before. We tested there in February but it was really wet and was my first time in the car. The track is new for a lot of people given we haven’t raced there much. Hopefully I can pick it up quickly. We were pretty quick at Queensland Raceway and my engineer Adam has done a lot of work in the background so hopefully that helps me get up to pace quickly so we can come away with a strong result.”
Tim Edwards – Team Principal:
“This is quite a critical event as while it is only two days it is the final hit-out before we head into the Endurance Cup. The condensed format means everyone needs to be at the top of their game as we don’t have some of the time luxuries we usually do. Our aim is obviously to get the points lead back and put in a strong performance before we head to the big three at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast as they are events that will shape the championship battle.”
EVENT NAME: Sydney Motorsport Park 400
DATE: 22 – 24 August
LOCATION: Sydney, New South Wales
EVENT NUMBER: 9 of 14
FORMAT: Saturday – 2 x 20-minute practice; 2 x 10-min qualifying, 2 x 26-lap races; Sunday – 1 x 20min qualifying, 1 x 51-lap race
CIRCUIT: Sydney Motorsport Park
DESCRIPTION: The circuit formerly known as Eastern Creek has undergone a significant upgrade in recent years but still provides a high-speed challenge for drivers and teams.