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Frosty: Title no formality after Mostert exit

Gordon Lomas

Saturday 10th October, 2015 - 10:00pm

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The Mark Winterbottom/Steve Owen Ford will start today's race 14th

The Mark Winterbottom/Steve Owen Ford will start today’s race 14th

Series pace-setter Mark Winterbottom insists his quest for a maiden V8 Supercars title remains in the balance despite his closest rival Chaz Mostert’s season-destroying Bathurst crash.

With Mostert seemingly set to miss the balance of the season after breaking his left femur and wrist, Winterbottom has been given an unexpected break in the points chase.

Winterbottom is currently 198 points ahead of Mostert but enjoys a healthy 360 point advantage over third placed man David Reynolds.

“I’m not home and hosed,” Winterbottom told Speedcafe.com ahead of today’s 300 point Great Race.

“We had three in the fight (PRA) and now we’ve got two.

“He (Chaz) was my next closest rival but you are confident that you can beat him.

“Having said that it would be have been a good battle.”

Reynolds, who will start today’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from pole with Winterbottom in 14th, is now effectively the closest by default in the points to the championship leader.

“It was obviously very unfortunate with Chaz yesterday,” Reynolds said.

When quizzed by Speedcafe.com about considering whether he is now reassessing his championship stocks going into the 1000km marathon, Reynolds remained conservative.

“It does but I think he (Winterbottom) is so far in front that he has to have a DNF or two for me to catch up,” Reynolds said.

“I’m going there to try and win the race.”

Winterbottom starts 14th in today’s race, one place ahead of Craig Lowndes, who is Prodrive’s closest threat for the title aboard his Red Bull Holden.

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