Stone Brothers Racing has confirmed that its young star and recently crowned Konica V8 Series Champion Mark Winterbottom will be part of its Ford team for this year's endurances races. SBR has announced that Winterbottom, just 21, will join ...
Stone Brothers Racing has confirmed that its young star and recently crowned Konica V8 Series Champion Mark Winterbottom will be part of its Ford team for this year's endurances races.
SBR has announced that Winterbottom, just 21, will join regular hotshots Marcos Ambrose (Pirtek Falcon) and Russell Ingall (Caltex Havoline Falcon) in a two-car attack at the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 on September 12-14 and at the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst on October 9-12.
The team's fourth driver, driver combinations and the look and feel of the team for those events will be announced in Sydney next Thursday on the eve of round eight of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Oran Park.
Winterbottom wrapped-up the Konica V8 Series, the breeder category for the V8 Supercar Championship Series, in the penultimate round at Winton in North-East Victoria last weekend.
"Things just keep getting better," said Winterbottom.
"To have the chance of driving the Milligans Food Group Falcon in the Konica Series was fantastic and to then win the championship was a dream come true.
"To be given the chance in the endurance races in an SBR Falcon is an extension of that.
"I guess it is every young Australian driver's dream to go to Bathurst in a competitive car and I am doing just that in my first start.
"Again, I have to thank Ross and Jimmy Stone for the opportunity and everyone at SBR and their sponsors for the support."
SBR owners Ross and Jimmy Stone signed Winterbottom to a five-year deal last year as part of the team's youth program.
While Winterbottom will be going to Bathurst for the first time in a V8 Supercar, he will have a slight advantage in that he is eligible to drive in the 30-lap Konica non-championship race on the Saturday of the event.
"I must admit that at the start of the season Mark was not even a consideration for a long distance drive, for no other reason than experience," said Stone.
"He has continued to impress us through the year and has really done everything asked of him.
"He is a talented young driver, who listens and who really wants to make this business his life.
"He has been in a car all year with the Konica races and we have tried to include him in as much of our V8 Supercar Championship Series activities as possible.
"Going to Bathurst for the first time in a V8 Supercar is a big deal, but I am sure Mark will keep his head down and do the job required."