Mark Winterbottom after his second-place finish at Phillip Island in April.
Mark Winterbottom after his second-place finish at Phillip Island in April. Daniel Kalisz

Winless Winterbottom hoping to finally top podium

MOTORSPORT: Mark Winterbottom is desperate to clinch a drought-breaking win before the 2017 Supercars season is over.

The 2015 championship winner has 10 races to avoid the disappointment of not standing atop the podium during a campaign for the first time in his 12-year career.

The man known as "Frosty" sits sixth in the series as the teams head to Sydney Motorsport Park for this weekend's racing.

"I want race wins," he told Fox Sports. "I haven't been through a season without having a race win. That's the priority."

With DJR Team Penske's Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin and the Red Bulls of Jamie Whincup and defending champion Shane van Gisbergen dominating, Winterbottom's best result this year was a second at Phillip Island.

"Other guys are damn quick at the moment. The 17 with Scotty McLaughlin is very fast," he said.

"The dream of catching him is not what you're looking at. I'm not looking at the championship.

"I need a car that is going to do what I want it to do, week in, week out."

Winterbottom has been frustrated by the performance of his Ford, which has been plagued by technical issues.

"That's been the hardest thing this year. Even (co-driver) Dean Canto has been hopping out saying 'what are you giving me?'," he said.

"We need to come up with something pretty quick, have a weekend and have a good endurance campaign.

"I know when it all clicks we'll win races."

Series leaders: 1 Scott Mclaughlin 1896 pts, 2 Jamie Whincup 1767 pts, 3 Fabian Coulthard 1663 pts, 4 Shane van Gisbergen 1635 pts, 5 Chaz Mostert 1545 pts, 6 Mark Winterbottom 1335 pts

News Corp Australia


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