Winterbottom Eastern Creek Friday report

Mark Winterbottom on pole at Eastern Creek. Stone Brothers Racing rookie Mark Winterbottom has taken pole for round three of the Konica V8 Supercar Championship Series at Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney today. The 21 year-old had only done a...

Mark Winterbottom on pole at Eastern Creek.

Stone Brothers Racing rookie Mark Winterbottom has taken pole for round three of the Konica V8 Supercar Championship Series at Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney today.

The 21 year-old had only done a couple of laps around the Sydney circuit in an old Formula Vee before today, but that did not stop him dominating proceedings in his Milligans Food Group AU Falcon.

Winterbottom clocked a lap of one minute and 33.2799 seconds around the 3.43km venue to take his second pole in three rounds in his impressive looking Ford which also carries major support from Bosch, Caltex Havoline and Pirtek.

He was 0.3849 of a second ahead of Commodore driver Owen Kelly (1:33.6648) followed by Luke Youlden (1:34.1311), Matthew White (1:34.5548) and Tony Ricciardello (1:35.4119).

"Driving the Formula Vee around here was like riding a push bike in comparison to the V8 Supercar," said Winterbottom.

"Turn one here is the fastest corner I have ever driven around and it is certainly an interesting feeling as you head into the braking area at the end of the main straight.

"We had a test last week at Queensland Raceway and that certainly helped me a lot.

"I came to grips with the car a lot earlier today and I guess that was why we managed to be quickest in the opening practice session as well as qualifying.

"I also did a couple of laps around here in a road car with Russell (Ingall) yesterday and that certainly helped me a lot.

"It is great to have guys like him and Marcos (Ambrose) around me, they make the learning process a lot easier."

Winterbottom won the opening two rounds of the championship at Wakefield Park near Goulburn and at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide and is hoping to continue his form this weekend.

There will be a 12-lap race tomorrow morning, followed by a reverse-grid 12-lapper in the afternoon.

Everyone will be desperate to keep their cars in one piece for Sunday's final 22-lap race.

"It is certainly going to be a long weekend and it is going to be vital to keep your mind on the job," said Winterbottom.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Luke Youlden , Matthew White , Owen Kelly , Tony Ricciardello