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Mark Winterbottom won ten Australian Kart Championships and twenty-five State Kart Championships during his rise through Australia’s karting ranks, including six Clubman Light titles, three Junior National Lights titles and one Junior Clubman title.
In 2001, Winterbottom was crowned as Australian Formula A Kart Champion in the Rotax 125cc Class and drove in Formula Ford that same year, claiming runner-up honours after winning four races out of six rounds.
Winterbottom also won the Ford Kart Stars Scholarship in 2001 and gained a supported Formula Ford drive in 2002 where he finished second and was awarded Avon Formula Ford Rookie of the Year.
In 2003 Winterbottom drove in the Development Series for Stone Brothers Racing and became the Championship Winner in his debut season, only missing out on making a clean sweep of the series due to an engine failure in the fifth round, and was awarded the Mike Kable Young Gun Award.
Winterbottom joined Larkham Motor Sport (LMS) in the 2004 and 2005 V8 Supercar Championships which was highlighted by a P5 finish at Bathurst and P6 result at Sandown in his debut year.
Winterbottom moved to Ford Performance Racing (later named Prodrive Racing and Tickford Racing) in 2006 and remained with the outfit for 13 years. Over the course of his time with the team, he claimed a variety of impressive accolades that included a 2013 Bathurst Win, 2015 V8 Supercars Season Championship and adding over 30 wins and 100 podiums to his name.
Making the move to Charlie’s Schwerkolt’s single-car IRWIN Racing outfit, Winterbottom was behind the wheel of a Holden for the first time in his shining career when he started his first session in a Commodore at the Superloop Adelaide 500 season opener.
Winterbottom’s season highlight came when he claimed pole at the Tasmania SuperSprint, where he also finished P4 to equal Team 18’s best race result and later finished 13th in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.