Winterbottom out to repeat history in Adelaide. Winning consecutive Konica V8 Supercar Series rounds would repeat history for Stone Brothers Racing, but that is far from the mind of 21-year-old talent Mark Winterbottom as he prepares for round...
Winterbottom out to repeat history in Adelaide.
Winning consecutive Konica V8 Supercar Series rounds would repeat history for Stone Brothers Racing, but that is far from the mind of 21-year-old talent Mark Winterbottom as he prepares for round two at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide this week.
Born and bred in Sydney and now based on the Gold Coast, Winterbottom won round one of the Konica Series at Wakefield Park on February 23 in an impressive debut display in his Milligan's Food Group Racing Falcon.
It was a fairytale start to Winterbottom's V8 Supercar career as he had limited testing time before going on to take pole, win race one, rise from 25th to sixth in race two (a reverse grid race) and leading from start to finish in race three.
Now Winterbottom has the opportunity to become the second driver in an SBR-prepared Falcon to win consecutive rounds of a championship. David Besnard won rounds at Lakeside and Mallala in the Konica Series in 2000.
Preparing at his Gold Coast base, Winterbottom said he had no expectations for Adelaide as it will be his longest race experience.
"We are going in with a 'take it as it comes' approach. It will be a new experience on a street circuit which requires a different approach," said Winterbottom.
"You have to be confident to attack on a street circuit as a mistake can mean you end up in the wall.
"I have been training really heavily in the gym for the longer race. Actually our preparation has been better for Adelaide than Wakefield Park."
While it has been a great start for Winterbottom, it has been an equally satisfying start for Milligan's Food Group in its first year as naming rights sponsor of the SBR-prepared Falcon. Winterbottom's car also carries major signage from Bosch and Caltex Havoline.
Round two of the Konica V8 Supercar Series will feature two practice sessions on Thursday before qualifying and an hour-long 40-lap race on Friday around the 3.22km street circuit.
Winterbottom is on a five-year contract with Stone Brothers Racing as part of its junior development program. He excelled last year claiming second place in the Australian Formula Ford Championship and being named Rookie of the Year, after winning the Ford KartStars Series in 2001.
The race will be telecast on Network Ten on March 30 at 3.30pm (check local guides for details).