Round five of the 2003 Konica V8 Supercar Series heads to Winton Motor Raceway this weekend in what could possibly wrap up the 2003 Championship for Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom. With a possible 64 points on offer in each of the...
Round five of the 2003 Konica V8 Supercar Series heads to Winton Motor Raceway this weekend in what could possibly wrap up the 2003 Championship for Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom.
With a possible 64 points on offer in each of the three races, Winterbottom only has to secure 177 of the 192 points in total to guarantee him the Championship ahead of nearest competitor Gulf Western Oil's Matthew White and third placed Hydraulink Racing's Mark Porter.
If not, the competition will definitely go down to the wire for the sixth and final round at Mallala Motorsport Park on August 30-31. Given the current points system and the implementation of dropping the worst round, it may be anyone's championship if it is not decided this weekend.
Winterbottom is going into the event with the aim of taking out yet another round win but isn't focusing primarily on taking out the Championship just yet.
"I am not going to think about the championship at this stage," Winterbottom said. "If it was to come about this weekend that would be fantastic, but my mind is set on just doing the best job possible at this circuit."
A number of other competitors will be looking to perform well this weekend and resurrect themselves on the Championship points table.
One of those is Brad Jones Racing's Andrew Jones who is currently sitting in fifteenth position after missing the third round at Eastern Creek earlier this year.
Jones was travelling well at the last Konica V8 Supercar round at Phillip Island, claiming pole position for the third and final race before he encountered a broken rear axle in the warm up lap.
The Albury-based driver will return to his home track at Winton this weekend looking to put himself in a competitive position for the final round of the 2003 series at the end of August.
Another driver who will be looking to continue his good fortune after claiming his first podium position of the year at Phillip Island is Century Batteries/Greenfield Mowers Racing's Brett Peters.
After consistent performances all season, Peters secured third place on the podium and is now sitting fourth in the championship heading into this weekend.
"We will be looking to keep performing well going into this weekend's event," Peters said. "We have got to our current position through consistency and hopefully we will be able to remain consistent for the remainder of the series.
"We planned for a top six position at the start of the year and are absolutely delighted with our current fourth place. Hopefully we can bring in the points again this weekend and stay in our current position going into the final round."
Another record-breaking number of cars will line up on the grid this Saturday for Practice and Qualifying. The 34 cars entered in the championship reiterating why the Konica V8 Supercar Series is fast becoming one of Australia's most popular motorsport categories.