Mark Winterbottom Konica series Winton preview

Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom has a chance to wrap-up the Konica V8 Supercar Series at Winton Motor Raceway in North-East Victoria this weekend. While there are a host of scenarios with the series' new point scoring system, a maximum...

Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom has a chance to wrap-up the Konica V8 Supercar Series at Winton Motor Raceway in North-East Victoria this weekend.

While there are a host of scenarios with the series' new point scoring system, a maximum point's haul of 177 from a possible 192 from the three races would guarantee him the title.

Winterbottom, who is based on the Gold Coast, won the opening three rounds of the series and was second in round four at Phillip Island despite suffering some mechanical problems with his Milligans Food Group AU Falcon, which also carries major support from Caltex Havoline and Bosch.

He can win the title with less than 177 points, but such a scenarios is dependant on the performance of other drivers in the field.

While he is hoping to head to the sixth and final round at Mallala next month with the trophy already in the bag, the 21 year-old is not getting ahead of himself.

"The championship is the end goal, but I am not thinking about that this weekend," said Winterbottom.

"If it was to come, that would be fantastic, but I have my mind set on just doing the best job possible at Winton this weekend.

"It would be an honor to give SBR and Milligans Food Group its first championship."

Team co-owner Ross Stone has a growing respect for Winterbottom who was signed by SBR for five years last season as part of the team's Youth Program.

"Mark has done a strong job for us this season, but the job is not over yet," said Ross Stone.

"We need to ensure we do not get ahead of ourselves and take our eye off what needs to be achieved. Mark has a level head on his shoulders and I am sure he will remain focused on the job at hand."

Winton has certainly been a happy hunting ground for Winterbottom in the past. In fact he classes the circuit as his "home" track out of all those in the championship.

He finished second in both national Formula Ford Championship races there last season and won the Victorian Formula Ford State round the season before.

"I have done more laps at Winton than anywhere else because it was my home test track in Formula Ford," said Winterbottom.

"I finished second in both Formula Ford races to eventual series champion Jamie Whincup last year and both of us went under the existing lap record.

"It would be fair to say that I don't mind the place."

WEEKEND SCHEUDLE

SATURDAY
10am-10.35am -- Practice 1
Noon-12.35pm -- Practice 2
2.15pm-2.35pm -- Qualifying (Lower 50%)
2.20pm-3pm -- Qualifying (Upper 50%)

SUNDAY
9.30am-9.50am -- Warm-up
11.25am -- Race 1 (14 Laps)
1.20pm -- Race 2 (14 Laps Reverse Grid)
3.10pm -- Race 3 (24 Laps)

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (After 4 rounds)
1: Mark Winterbottom 730
2: Matthew White 684
3: Mark Porter 610
4: Brett Peters 554
5: Peter Gazzard 548
6: Owen Kelly 540
7: Luke Youlden 514
8: Kevin Mundy 514
9: Jose Fernandez 496
10: Dale Brede 492

ADJUSTED CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (After 4 Rounds)
* These points after driver has dropped his worst round
1: Mark Winterbottom 560
2: Matthew White 522
3: Luke Youlden 486
4: Mark Porter 484
5: Owen Kelly 464
6: Brett Peters 460
7: Peter Gazzard 458
8: Kevin Mundy 432
=8: Dale Brede 432
10: Joe Fernandez 404

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jamie Whincup , Dale Brede , Mark Winterbottom , Luke Youlden , Matthew White , Owen Kelly , Jose Fernandez , Peter Gazzard , Kevin Mundy , Brett Peters , Mark Porter , Ross Stone , Phillip Island