ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 08: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was altered with digital filters.) Mark Winterbottom driver of The Bottle-O Racing Ford Falcon FGX poses during a portrait session during the 2017 Supercars media day on February 8, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

The Clipsal 500 was a weekend to forget for Prodrive racer Mark Winterbottom where he failed to finish in the top 15 in either race due to engine dramas in his Bottle O Ford. Even though this weekend’s round at the Australian Grand Prix is a non points event, the 2015 Supercar champion is hoping to repeat his clean sweep of 2015 and kickstart his 2017 season in style.

Talking to the sports official website, Frosty explained that winning at Albert Park has a knock on effect for the rest of the year….

“We use the same tyre and similar setup, so if you’re competitive at the Grand Prix on the track that is reasonably smooth, high speed and heavy braking, it’s what you take to Symmons Plains in another two weeks’ time to try and get points,” he was quoted as saying. “I reckon it’s a good indication of where you’re at. The guys who win (at Albert Park) say they were trying, people who don’t say they weren’t. 

“We all are, so it’s a good reflection on where you’re at. If you improve your car and go well it’s a massive confidence boost and it can set you up for a few rounds. They’re all back-to-back and no one tests between now and Winton.”