Konica series Mallala season finale preview

Although the Konica V8 Supercar Series Championship has all but been decided, this weekend's round at Mallala Motorsport Park is expected to be the grand finale to what has been a very successful year for the Konica V8 Supercar Series. Stone ...

Although the Konica V8 Supercar Series Championship has all but been decided, this weekend's round at Mallala Motorsport Park is expected to be the grand finale to what has been a very successful year for the Konica V8 Supercar Series.

Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom dominated this year's Series, ensuring he had the Championship all wrapped up at the last round at Winton Motor Raceway when he took out third position for the round behind local Albury-based driver, Brad Jones Racing's Andrew Jones and Gulf Western Oil's Matthew White.

Already claiming the 2003 Konica V8 Supercar Series Championship title in only his first year of V8 Supercar racing, Winterbottom will use the next round at Mallala as preparation for the upcoming V8 Supercar endurance events, where he will co-drive with V8 Supercar regular Mark Noske.

"I'm really excited about going into this weekend's event," Winterbottom said. "This year has exceeded all expectations and it will be good to have no pressure on me or the team but we will still be going into the round with the same attitude as we have gone into every other round.

"Stone Brothers Racing have definitely been the reason why I have learnt so quickly this year and now with the opportunity to drive for the team in this years endurance events, this weekend's race at Mallala will be great preparation for the upcoming Sandown event in Melbourne."

With position one and two of the Series already wrapped up with the implementation of the new points system, similar to that used in the V8 Supercar Championship Series this year where drivers are able to drop their worst round, the battle for third place is still strong.

A number of drivers are in contention for the Championship's third position, including Hydraulink Racing's Mark Porter, Smiths Truck's Owen Kelly and Super Cheap Auto Racing's Luke Youlden who are separated by only a marginal amount of points.

All drivers will be going into this weekend's event looking to stand on the podium at the end of race three, making for a hard fought battle in each of the three races on Sunday including the demanding 16-lap full reverse grid in race two.

Warren Luff will make his debut in the Konica V8 Supercar Series this weekend for Dick Johnson Racing, as he replaces DJR regular Tony Ricciardello to gain valuable experience for the upcoming endurance events where he will partner Shell Helix Racing's Steven Johnson.

A number of other Konica competitors including Kelly and Jones, will also be looking to get valuable track time at Mallala as they head into the first endurance event, the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 on September 12 -14.

This year has proven very successful for the Konica V8 Supercar Series and with record crowds at each of the five events already held this year, there is no wonder why the Konica V8 Supercar Series is fast becoming recognised as a competitive motorsport category.

The inclusion of two support rounds with its 'Big Brother Series,' the V8 Supercar Championship Series, at the Clipsal 500 and Eastern Creek earlier this year have proved extremely successful for the series, and after a great response should see them return to a similar format next year.

The Konica V8 Supercars will appear at the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst with the Konica V8 Supercar Challenge, where they will contest a 25-lap non-championship race alongside the V8 Supercar Championship Series at one of the world's most famous and demanding touring car races.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Steven Johnson , Andrew Jones , Brad Jones , Mark Noske , Mark Winterbottom , Luke Youlden , Matthew White , Bob Jane , Mark Porter , Warren Luff , Dick Johnson
Teams Brad Jones Racing