In the zone

  • 22/11/2015
  • By Kassie Gadeke
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Mark Winterbottom feels good and isn't 'listening to the haters' as he prepares for today's 200km mini-marathon at the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint.

Mathematically the Championship leader could stitch up the title today - but after Craig Lowndes' efforts yesterday, which narrowed the gap, the Red Bull racer won't be backing out.

Winterbottom has been fielded plenty of questions about the pressure he's under and his mindset - and while Red Bull clearly have the momentum at the moment, he knows what he needs to do.

"I feel good - disregard what people say - I feel good," he told FOX SPORTS after finishing sixth in today's final practice session.

"That's the important thing. You don't listen to all the haters out there."

With just four races remaining, Winterbottom needs to stay out of trouble and accumulate points. But Prodrive boss Tim Edwards said yesterday they're still focusing on wins, and Frosty knows the safest place is out the front, away from the pack.

"I feel good - people are trying to make you feel different to what you are.

"I'm in a good position, now my head's in a good space.

"I know I've got to race, you know the battle ahead, you know what's on the line you know what you've got to do.

"But I feel good - we've just got to make the car fast and that's going to make my job easier."

He wasn't worried about whether it's tied up today or in a fortnight at the Coates Hire Sydney 500 - Winterbottom is focused on the front.

"Whether we wrap it up today, Saturday at Homebush, or the last lap of Homebush, you've just got to get it done doesn't matter how you do it."

The Red Bulls dominated yesterday at the Island, and Lowndes has a fantastic record at the track, narrowing his gap to Winterbottom by 209 points.

But Winterbottom reminded fans that while Lowndes may have plenty of confidence - he is chasing.

Frosty felt his Pepsi Max crew made gains overnight, but conditions can change in a second at Phillip Island.

"Feels like we've made gains, but with gains come losses so we've got to marry the two and try to go forward," Winterbottom said.

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