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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

Frosty column: Bouncing back in 2017

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Mark Winterbottom's bid to defend his Supercars title came unstuck without the pace to challenge Triple Eight Race Engineering on a consistent basis in 2016.

Winterbottom writes about his determination to regain the #1 in 2017 in his exclusive column in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #96.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #96 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #96.

"To roll out with number #1 is one of the proudest moments of my career. But then to give it away at the end of the season is one of the most disappointing," he writes.

"We have to try to improve in a lot of areas. The new tyres for next season will change the way the car handles, so until we roll out in February we're not really sure what differences that's going to make to the car. But we need a little bit of a percentage gain in every department.

"We're not miles away, but it's just a little bit here and there. We've already proven we can beat the rest when we've got the equipment on song, which is a positive.

"We'll sharpen up every little area a little bit and hopefully find the five per cent we're looking for to be competitive again.

"Triple Eight was again the benchmark with two guys who are mega quick and taking that team to a new level. With DJR Team Penske coming on strong, we need to make sure we keep pace with them into 2017 and beyond."

Winterbottom also discusses his upcoming debut in the Bathurst 12 Hour, where he will drive alongside former Bathurst 1000-winning co-driver Steven Richards and reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann in the #100 BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 entry.

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #96 to read the full column.

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Clipsal 500 Adelaide

2-5 March

Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint 

7-9 April

WD-40 Phillip Island 500  21-23 April 

Perth Super Sprint  

5-7 May 

Winton Super Sprint 

19-21 May 

CrownBet Triple Crown Darwin

16-18 June

Watpac Townsville 400

7-9 July

Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint

28-30 July

Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint

18-20 August

Wilson Security Sandown 500

15-17 September

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

5-8 October

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

20-22 October

ITM Auckland Super Sprint

3-5 November

Coates Hire Newcastle 500

24-26 November

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Jamie Whincup

2850

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

2820

 3

 Fabian Coulthard

2674

 4

 Chaz Mostert

2586

 5

 Shane van Gisbergen

2574

 6

 Craig Lowndes

2160

 7

 Cameron Waters

2071

 8

 Mark Winterbottom

2058

 9

 Garth Tander

2028

 10

David Reynolds 

1956

 Full points table