PRODRIVE RACING – WINTON SUPERSPRINT PREVIEW
Prodrive Racing (Australia) will journey to the Winton SuperSprint with an updated outlook on the life of the soft compound tyre after Mark Winterbottom’s spectacular win on Sunday in Perth. With the new track surface to play an important part in strategy, Winterbottom is not concerned about tyre life at Winton, and says that the increased grip will reduce degradation and increase the competitiveness of the field. After rekindling his pole-winning pace in Perth, Chaz Mostert is becoming more confident in the #55 car’s one-lap speed ahead of Winton where he took home all three cheques last year. Despite his one-lap confidence, Mostert says there is homework to be done on setup to improve degradation and the car’s pace over a distance.
Chaz Mostert – #55 Supercheap Auto PRA Ford:
“Winton’s another good one. I got the race win and three pole positions there last year which was awesome but a lot has changed since then with the new track surface and stuff like that. We’ve struggled a bit with inconsistency so far this year so I’m looking to getting back there and to a track where I’ve had a bit of success and hopefully put our first win on the board. My focus is just getting my speed back and race consistency back and converting poles into race wins. This championship is so competitive at the moment so it’d be great to get on the winners list.”
EVENT NAME: Winton SuperSprint
DATE: 20 – 22 May
LOCATION: Winton, Victoria
EVENT NUMBER: 5 of 15
FORMAT: Friday – 1 x 30min co-driver practice, 2 x 60min practice; Saturday – 1 x 15min practice, 1 x 15min qualifying, 1 x 40-lap race, Sunday – 1 x 20min qualifying, 1 x 67-lap race
CIRCUIT: Winton Motor Raceway
Winton is Prodrive Racing’s home test track and as such is well-known to the team and its drivers. Despite its remote location in rural north-eastern Victoria the track is one of the longest-serving on the calendar and combines a broad combination of corners on its relatively short layout. Fast, flowing turns sit alongside tighter turns and a hairpin to provide a true test of a car’s handling.