Mark Winterbottom is determined to get back into championship contention and regain the #1 plate, as he writes in his exclusive column in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #98.
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"I'm definitely hungry to put more wins on the board," writes Winterbottom.
"I certainly didn't meet my expectations last year and that's something that needs to change in 2017. We need to be at the top of our game if we want to be able to challenge the guys at the front and I think we have the potential, we just need to work that little bit harder. The guys and girls back at the workshop want it too.
"It's a period of adjustment in working with my new race engineer in Brendan Hogan. It's great to be working with Brendan. He's an engineer that I've rated highly over the years.
"He's worked with a lot of good drivers and certainly knows what he's doing when it comes to these cars and the category as a whole. I definitely think he can help us get back up there and back to a bit of consistency because that's one thing that wasn't as strong last year.
"We've also added some strong engineering talent across the team with Adam de Borre back alongside Chaz Mostert, Sam Potter stepping up from the Dunlop Development Series last season with Jason Bright and Brad Wischusen working with Cameron Waters.
"We had one great year of carrying the number #1 last season but, unfortunately, we lost it quite quickly.
"The #5 has been my number for many seasons, but I'm not emotionally attached to the #5 as it's the number #1 we all crave... along with everything that comes with it. So we'll do everything we can to wrestle it back for next season."
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