• Winton faster than ever

    PREPARING FOR WINTON: Reigning V8 Supercar champion Mark Winterbottom is expecting lap times to tumble at this weekend’s SuperSprint.

    PRODRIVE Racing Australia team mates Mark Winterbottom and Cameron Waters are expecting the lap times to tumble this weekend at Winton Motor Raceway.

    The circuit’s $3.35 million resurface was finished in January this year and will produce faster lap times at this weekend’s V8 Supercars Woodstock Winton SuperSprint.

    “With the new track surface at Winton, qualifying is going to be very important,” Winterbottom, reigning V8 Supercar champion, said ahead of this weekend’s event.

    “Qualifying at the front is definitely going to be important; Winton as it is can be difficult to pass on, so we’ll look to tune the car up well and if we qualify up front, that’s half the race won right there.

    “There’s a lot of pressure on qualifying at Winton – probably more-so here than any other track on the calendar.

    “Tyre degradation isn’t going to be very high at Winton, which means the tyres will last quite a while.

    “That means the ability to strategize, pit, and undercut someone is going to be fairly small.”

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