Mark Winterbottom has spoken of the immense pressure on the V8 Supercar Championship Series' top three drivers as he heads into the first of three deciding rounds for the 2008 title. This weekend's action is in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where...
Mark Winterbottom has spoken of the immense pressure on the V8 Supercar Championship Series' top three drivers as he heads into the first of three deciding rounds for the 2008 title.
This weekend's action is in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where the heat is literally on point leaders Frosty, Jamie Whincup and Garth Tander as they prepare to race the Gulf Air Desert 400.
As round winner last year, Frosty is confident but says everything will now depend on delivering faultless drives in demanding conditions.
The Orrcon Steel Ford Credit FPR Falcon will be on track for practice tomorrow [Thursday] from 12:20 [20:20 EDST].
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"This will be some of the best racing you'll see anywhere because there are three really strong passing points at Bahrain where even if a guy blocks he's really not going to hold you up. If we had been able to pass at Indy we would have been able to win the race I reckon. Here, the quickest guy wins not the guy who defends best, which is why I enjoy it.
"That's what my focus is on: winning not finishing second or third. I'm going to push hard and Jamie [Whincup] is the guy we've got to catch; I need to put pressure on him and the pressure is going to create a few errors I think and hopefully that's enough to get us in front.
"If I win every round from here on Jamie needs to finish on the podium. That's pretty hard pressure but everyone has to deal with it and Jamie was faultless at Indy so you can't say he's cracking under pressure.
"Whatever your weaknesses or strengths at round one, they don't mean anything now; it's a three round race. All the past mistakes mean nothing and the guy who wins it is going to have dealt with this pressure the best.
"Jamie's quick but one slip and we're back in front."