Frosty’s extra motivation for 400th race
PRODRIVE Racing's Mark "Frosty'' Winterbottom will line up for his 400th race start on Saturday at the Ipswich SuperSprint, a place of fond memories.
Last year's championship winner claimed two race wins at the track in 2015.
Winterbottom believes his team's biggest strength is the ability of the engineering group to turn the car into a competitive racer across a weekend.
"It's exciting, absolutely,'' Winterbottom said.
"It's a big number, 400, but it's been fantastic to be a part of the sport for so long.
"Ipswich is a challenging track and it's another one where we had a good run last year so it's a good one to reach the milestone at.
"For us we go to what is enemy territory but at the same time we're hopeful that we can beat them on their home ground.''
Winterbottom said conditions can change at venues like Queensland Raceway, providing new challenges.
"It will make for good racing at that track,'' he said.
"It is always a tough one and I just hope we can win again because it does feel better when you can beat them on their home turf.''
Teammate Chaz Mostert took home the third win from the event last year after a clean sweep by the team.
He said a 2016 victory is getting closer for the Supercheap Auto Racing outfit.
"It'll be awesome to get back to Ipswich,'' Mostert said. "It's a bit of a home track for me and I've spent a lot of time out that way this year at the Ipswich Kart Club and stuff so it really feels like home.
"It's been a pretty good hunting ground for me over the past few years with two pole positions and a race win there last year and my first ever win too so hopefully we can keep it going and keep the podiums rolling in.
"We'll try and qualify up the front again to put us in the best position possible.
"I'm keen to get back there and get back in the car and see what we can do."
Mostert said qualifying will play an important role at the Queensland track. His two pole positions at the track last year played a large part in his final results.
Meanwhile, Cameron Waters is ready to fight for position at Queensland Raceway where he enjoyed Dunlop Series success last season.
"Queensland Raceway can actually be pretty difficult even though it looks quite simple,'' Waters said.
"There are only six corners and they're so tight so if you're a little bit off, you're a long way back down the field.
"It's a pretty good track. It's hard to set the car up because you've got to set it up for fast and slow corners.
"I went okay there last year so I'm really excited to get there this year.
"If I can qualify well it will set up my races a lot more. It's probably one area that I haven't been that strong in at the past few events so hopefully I can get that back for QR and if I qualify well, hopefully I can get a good race result."