Stone Brothers Racing Wakefield Park preview

Wakefield Park marks Winterbottom's V8 green light. Two new features of Stone Brothers Racing will be on show this weekend in the first round of the Konica V8 Supercar Series at Wakefield Park near Goulburn. The first will be the V8...

Wakefield Park marks Winterbottom's V8 green light.

Two new features of Stone Brothers Racing will be on show this weekend in the first round of the Konica V8 Supercar Series at Wakefield Park near Goulburn.

The first will be the V8 introduction of Mark Winterbottom - a Formula Ford star in 2002. The second will be the first competitive hit-out of the new-look Milligan's Ford Falcon AU, formerly the Caltex Havoline Falcon driven by David Besnard.

Winterbottom's campaign has been made possible with naming-rights support from Milligan's Food Group and major support from Bosch Spark Plugs and Caltex Havoline.

He will also be part of a strong Ford contingent aiming to end Holden's winning streak at Wakefield Park. Commodore drivers Dale Brede (2002) and Simon Wills (2001) were victorious in the past two Konica rounds at the 2.2km circuit.

The 21-year-old Gold Coast driver is eager to mix it in V8 company and showcase the talent he has exhibited in recent years.

"The car has come together really well, and I feel right at home with it," said Winterbottom.

"Wakefield Park will be a good gauge to see where I'm at, as I haven't had much testing time.

"I know the track reasonably well after a couple of second placings in last year's Formula Ford races, and we have looked at a lot of data from the circuit.

"My aim is to take as many points away from Wakefield Park as I can. I'm only going to get better with experience, so if I can come away with a good result, that will set the rest of the series up nicely."

This year will signal Winterbottom's first foray into V8 Supercar racing after a successful career progressing through Karts and Formula Fords, including second place in the Australian Formula Ford Championship last year.

SBR signed Winterbottom to a five-year contract in 2002 as part of its junior development program and backed him through last year's Formula Ford campaign which saw him named the 2002 Rookie of the Year.

This year's Konica V8 Supercar Series is set to be the most competitive in its history with more than 30 teams competing.

The Konica Series started in 2000 and was established as a feeder series for the V8 Supercar Championship Series. All of the three champions since the series' inception, Simon Wills, Dean Canto and Paul Dumbrell, have all been signed with leading teams in this year's Championship Series.

This weekend's first round at Wakefield Park will feature practice and qualifying on Saturday followed by three races on Sunday -- one 20-minute race, one 20-minute race off a reverse grid, and one 35-minute race (based on points after races one and two). The race will be telecast on Network Ten at 4pm on March 16.

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Dean Canto , Simon Wills , Dale Brede , Mark Winterbottom , Paul Dumbrell