Bathurst 1000: FPR preview

Mark Winterbottom has spoken of his hunger to win the Great Race as the Ford Performance Racing drivers prepare for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 this weekend. The Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR driver says the team is taking a no-holds-barred ...

Mark Winterbottom has spoken of his hunger to win the Great Race as the Ford Performance Racing drivers prepare for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 this weekend.

The Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR driver says the team is taking a no-holds-barred approach to winning at The Mountain and is even hopeful of toppling Greg Murphy's 2003 lap record.

Frosty has been a favourite at Bathurst for the past four years but the podium has alluded him unlike co-driver Steve Richards who has scored five podiums including two wins in his 15 career starts.

Both Frosty and Richo have had a relatively relaxed lead-up to the Great Race, with clear schedules allowing plenty of time to train and focus.

Cars will be on track this Thursday from 12.40 for practice.

Mark Winterbottom
Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"I would like to think our car will be pretty quick this year and pushing hard to beat the 2m06.8594s record that stands in qualifying. We should have a pretty good crack at that I reckon.

"People keep telling me the pressure's on, but I don't feel it; no more than you can put on yourself anyway. I've never stood on the podium here but we've been on the front row for the last four years. This year we're not protecting a championship so we're going up there purely to win.

"It's such a big race and I want to win it pretty badly. I love the track and when you enjoy a track you always go better there. I definitely want to win it but people go their whole career without winning at the Mountain; if it was easy we wouldn't all want it as badly as we do."

Steve Richards
Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"Over the last two years we've been up there in a podium spot with 15 laps to go and we haven't finished it off. We've got to ensure we've got a car with plenty in reserve with 15 laps to go to race to the finish and I think we've got that this year.

"I think part of my success at Bathurst has been due to having a good game plan and in no circumstances deviating from it to create any other issues along the way. I try and focus on making sure the objective that we as a team set, we follow and don't get distracted by what everyone else is doing.

"If you're not the fastest in the session you don't worry about all that. You worry about Sunday afternoon when there's 10 laps to go; that's when you need to be in the window."

The Bathurst atmosphere is second to none in the V8 Supercar Championship

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Greg Murphy , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards