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.
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"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.
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