The Pepsi Max Crew's Mark Winterbottom is hoping to achieve his very first V8 Supercars championship in front of a home crowd this weekend at the Coates Hire Sydney 500.
Winterbottom will be looking to continue his consistent form in Sydney after not finishing outside the top 10 at Phillip Island.
The current championship leader sits 179 points ahead of Craig Lowndes, meaning he needs to finish 14th or higher in every race to take home the championship trophy if Lowndes wins every race.
Car 5 co-driver Steve Owen will step into car 6 for the weekend, as replacement driver Cameron Waters focuses on his Dunlop Series commitments.
Owen is confident of his role at the tricky street circuit, having competed there throughout his career.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max PRA Ford:
"It's good to go to the last round. It's been a long season and obviously the battle is on to try and wrap this thing up. There were 25 drivers but now it's down to two so it's exciting to go home, just 15 minutes from where I grew up and make my own history to win the first championship. The battle that is ahead is going to be awesome. I'm just really looking forward to it. Hopefully it's an enjoyable weekend and we know what we've got to do to win it so we'll be focused on trying to make sure that number one goes on our car which is the ultimate goal. There are lots of friends and family coming, there's a lot going on so I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Steve Owen - #6 Pepsi Max PRA Ford:
"It's great to be getting back in the car at Sydney. Even though I'll have a different crew and engineer to what I had earlier in the year as Frosty's co-driver they'll set the car up pretty close to what it's been like all year for me. It'll be great to race alongside Mark rather than hand the car over to him but that just means I have a completely different job to do. It'll be good to go onto the track and run my own race. Sydney is a challenging and unforgiving track but it'll be good to go back there and have a crack."
Tim Edwards – Team Principal:
"It all comes down to this. We'll be fighting for two championships this weekend and hopefully we can come home with them both. The reality is that we enter the weekend leading both series which puts us in a good position. We just have to keep our eyes forward and focus on one race at a time. The race itself presents quite a few challenges but we have enjoyed success at the street circuits that we have been to this year so we're in a good position."
EVENT NAME: Coates Hire Sydney 500
DATE: 4 – 6 December, 2015
LOCATION: Sydney Olympic Park
EVENT NUMBER: 14 of 14
FORMAT: Friday – 3 x 30-minute practice; Saturday – 1 x 30-min practice, 2 x 10 minute qualifying, 2 x 37-lap races; Sunday – 1 x 20-min qualifying 1 x Top 10 Shootout, 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
PRA BEST RESULT: 1st (x2) Mark Winterbottom (2011), Will Davison (2012)