Ford Pepsi Max Crew will start its Bathurst 1000 defence from the front row after Frosty set the second-fastest time in the event’s famed Top 10 Shootout.
He jumped from fourth in qualifying to second with a time only bettered by Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen.
Frosty was fast in the first and final sectors of his quick lap but an untidy run across the top of the mountain cost him time.
The reigning champion is happy with his efforts which give him and co-driver Steve Owen the same starting position as when the team won the race last year.
Mark Winterbottom & Steve Owen - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford: 4th
Winterbottom: “The car is really quick. It is unfortunate the conditions change a bit and we didn’t go quite as well as we had in the morning. The shootout lap means you must have a crack and after that lap there is no questioning the commitment. P2 is a good result and we start off the front row. It worked for us last year and my factory Ford is clean and straight so we can’t ask for much more. I am disappointed in myself after a couple of little moments but you can get punished for not trying and also over-trying so at least I gave it a good crack.”
Tim Edwards – Team Principal:
“Everybody loves the shootout and to have two cars in there meant the whole team really got into it. Mark and Jack (Perkins) gave it their all and that’s what the shootout is about. Thankfully they both came back with straight cars and a front row start for Mark is ideal – it’s where we started last year and helps us map out our strategy. We can now focus on the race. We’ve prepared well and now we just have to work with whatever tomorrow brings and execute our plans. As a group we’re looking forward to the day.”