Nine hundred points are on offer for the three Pirtek Endurance Cup events at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast, so the two-driver long-distance races shape as crucial in deciding the 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Last season, Sandown and Bathurst proved crucial in the championship battle with Mark Winterbottom scoring 576 points from a possible 600 points with victory at Sandown and second place at Bathurst.
The reigning champion stresses the importance of the endurance events and details his preparation in his regular column in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #94.
Issue #94 takes a look at some of the major talking points for the long-distance events, in the 2016 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 special edition.
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"They are effectively double points considering at other events the 300 points are split across multiple races," writes Winterbottom on the endurance events.
"Given how close the battle is again this season, those races are critical. After racing against each other over the last 25 years dating back to our karting days, it's great to finally have Dean Canto join me in the same entry this season.
"I know how good he is considering his been part of the team for the last several seasons, so it's exciting to convert that history into a combination and aim for some endurance wins.
"Dean came close to winning at Bathurst in the Bottle-O entry in 2012. So the prospect of going one better for him this season given his history with the team is an exciting one for the both of us.
"You rely so heavily on the co-drivers to set up the car, as they get a significant amount of time in the car over the endurance events, so an experienced driver like Dean counts for a lot.
"It's understandably a strange feeling to have a championship won or lost without you in the car, with 300 points on the line for the one race at Sandown and Bathurst each and the co-driver in the car for so many laps. That's why the choice of co-drivers is so valuable in this day an age."
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