A tough few days for all drivers didn't yield the results Prodrive Racing were after this weekend, however some consistent and smart driving saw all drivers make the most of a hard situation.
Cameron Waters had the best results of the PRA drivers on the weekend and finished in the top 10 in both races proving he is going to be the driver to watch this year.
Prodrive Racing Australia believes the upcoming Darwin Triple Crown will play an important part in the team’s season, setting a direction for the remaining events following a recent test day at Winton Motor Raceway.
Mark Winterbottom has described the event as a ‘kick-starter’, providing a mid-season boost at a track that holds plenty of positives for the team at an event which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The team’s recent learning’s will be put to the test in Darwin with drivers hopeful of improvements in a number of areas.
A home ground advantage didn’t favour Prodrive Racing at the Winton SuperSprint with all drivers having some positives and negatives to take away from the weekend.
Cameron Waters was fast all weekend and just missed out on a podium finish in Race 10. He had one of the fastest cars in Race 9, however a pit lane penalty sent him to the back of the pack.
Chaz Mostert has finished the weekend on a high at the Perth SuperSprint on the podium for the third time this year.
Mark Winterbottom had a consistent weekend finishing both races in the top 5 and is excited to continue making gains at each race event.
It was a tough weekend for Cameron Waters with mistakes from both himself in qualifying and also while in the pits in Race 7. He made up for it in Race 8 with a different strategy finishing just outside the top 10.
Chaz Mostert and Mark Winterbottom have returned to the podium with a 1-2 finish at the Phillip Island 500!
Chaz Mostert had two punctured tyres in Race 5 which hampered his race, but ended Race 6 on a high with his first race win since August, 2015.
Mark Winterbottom had a strong weekend finishing in the top ten for both races, more notably finishing second in Race 6.
Prodrive Racing Australia will get its first taste of the new Dunlop super soft tyre in race conditions at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix with the format allowing the team to establish a setup direction ahead of the next championship event.
Jason Bright believes the Phillip Island 500's new race format will open up strategy for teams with two, 250km races to take place across the weekend. The addition of 130 kilometres to Saturday's race and 50 kilometres to Sunday's race over last year's format means tyre degradation will play a large part in each of the hit-outs with some teams expected to take strategy gambles at the ocean-side circuit.
Wet conditions wreaked havoc at the Tasmania SuperSprint leading to an unprecedented crash that claimed half the field. Thankfully the Prodrive Racing Australia drivers qualified high enough in the grid to miss most of the carnage with only Cam Waters receiving minor damage. Most of the race was red flagged while the cars involved in the accident were retrieved. Due to these exceptional circumstances, no Championship points were awarded for Race 3.
Following his race-winning performance at the Australian Grand Prix, Chaz Mostert has set his sights on further success with strong results key to improving his fourth place standing in the championship.
Citing Symmons Plains as one of his favourites, Mark Winterbottom is confident of turning his season around in Tasmania where he took home both pole position cheques last year. With braking trouble encountered at Albert Park curbed, Winterbottom is prepared to give his all at the Tasmanian circuit.
The opening round of the 2017 Supercar Championship was full of positives for the Prodrive Racing team. Chaz Mostert finished Clipsal on the podium and young gun Cam Waters had two top 10 finishes. Mark Winterbottom had a harder weekend after being turned around in the first race and then contending with fuel conservation and braking issues. There are a lot of things to work on before the next round but the team are confident that they will be addressed.
Prodrive Racing Australia will look for a boost in speed as the team cross the ditch for the Auckland SuperSprint, with qualifying set to become key in a changed 100km race format. Chaz Mostert, who sits equal first in this year's pole position tally, believes qualifying will play an important role in the weekend's results as fuel strategy is eliminated for the 2016 event. Teams are not required to pit for fuel in each of the four 100km races, with tyre changes being the only cause for pit stops to take place.
Prodrive Racing (Australia) is confident for an improvement in its street-circuit form at the closing round of the 2016 Supercars Championship as the team looks to add further wins to its 2016 tally. In his final event as the current Supercars Champion, Mark Winterbottom insists he is as hungry as ever to claim race wins and re-claim the title in 2017 as he prepares to attack the challenging Homebush track for the last time.
Orrcon Steel is pleased to announce our 12-year partnership with Prodrive Racing (Australia) will continue beyond 2016 with the extension of sponsorship for an additional two years.
As part of the newly-signed deal, one of our key businesses (Metalcorp) will also become part of the PRA family.
Focused on steel supply to the rural sector, Metalcorp will feature on Mildura-local Cameron Waters' #6 Monster Energy Ford from the Sydney 500 event.
Mark Winterbottom has taken home his second win of the 2016 season in the third race of the Auckland SuperSprint. He maintained his consistent streak finishing the other three races of the weekend in the top 5.
Chaz Mostert also had a podium appearance, finishing 3rd in the second race of the weekend.
Cam Waters wasn’t happy with his car over the weekend but still managed to keep the car straight and finish close to his starting position.
The Enduro season has ended with Mark Winterbottom and Dean Canto’s strongest performance, just finishing short of the podium in both races of the Gold Coast 600.
Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen also had a consistent weekend finishing in the top ten for both races.
Both Car #1 and #55 started both races strongly but the drivers felt that their cars struggled to maintain race pace in the second half of each race.
The Bottle-O Racing Team co-driver Dean Canto has a strong history at the challenging street circuit, a run of form that Mark Winterbottom hopes to continue for the team.
Chaz Mostert is confident that gains made on the soft tyre prior to Bathurst will help further improve the Supercheap Auto Racing FG X, as they aim for Mostert's first win for the sponsor.