V8 Supercar Championship Decider

Sydney is the venue for the final round of V8 Supercars for 2015.

V8 Supercar Championship Decider - Mark Winterbottom is looking to hold off the Lowndes challenge in Sydney.

Mark Winterbottom and Craig Lowndes head into this weekend’s V8 Supercars season finale at Sydney Olympic Park with the championship on the line.

With 300 points up for grabs this weekend, and with only 179 the 2015 V8 Supercars Champion looks set to only be crowned following the final race of the season. For Winterbottom, it would be his first championship in the series while for Lowndes it would end a 16 year title drought.

Points leader Winterbottom looked to have the title wrapped up earlier in the season before a late rally from Lowndes turned the tables on the Ford Falcon driver. After stringing together a run of race wins mid-season, Winterbottom’s fortunes have turned since teammate Chaz Mostert injured himself at Bathurst.

Without his front-running colleague, Winterbottom has struggled to extract the one-lap pace from his car in qualifying, leaving him buried in the field which has seen him involved in a number of altercations in recent races.

Lowndes by contrast has the momentum behind him following a strong performance at Phillip Island last time out. Victory at the Bathurst 1000 in October catapulted the Holden Commodore driver back into championship contention as he has made serious inroads into Winterbottom’s points advantage.

Holden favourite Lowndes will have support from a resurgent Jamie Whincup, who is out of championship contention but has refound the speed which saw him take the title last season. Winterbottom meanwhile will have David Reynolds in the third Prodrive Falcon acting as rear gunner after Reynolds’ own championship hopes evaporated at Phillip Island.

Key to the weekend will be qualifying as the tight Sydney Olympic Park circuit doesn’t lend itself to overtaking, while being clear of the midfield carnage will be critical around the street circuit. With fine weather expected across the weekend, and no repeat of the flash flooding which impacted last year’s event so heavily, it’s set to be a tense finale to the V8 Supercars season.

Formula 1 and V8 Supercars content courtesy of Velocity Magazine, Australia’s leading motorsport monthly ?? vmag.com.au

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