Winterbottom set for career milestone in Townsville

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 25/06/2021
  • By James Pavey

The NTI Townsville 500 will see Mark Winterbottom tick off another milestone in his decorated career.

The Team 18 driver’s Townsville event will be his 244th round start, some 18 years after his main game debut.

It will make Winterbottom outright seventh on the all-time list.

Winterbottom, who has won three races in Townsville, will move past Todd Kelly on the round starts list.

He last won in Townsville en route to his 2015 series crown, clean sweeping the 2015 event.

The 2015 champion is also set to record his 550th race start towards the back end of the season.

At the last start OTR SuperSprint, Winterbottom became the first driver to record 500 consecutive ATCC/Supercars race starts.

The 40-year-old will arrive in Townsville sixth in the 2021 standings, and is chasing his first podium of the season.

Winterbottom last won in Townsville in 2015

Winterbottom has recorded 10 podiums in Townsville, as many as Garth Tander; only Jamie Whincup (20), Shane van Gisbergen (11) have more.

He has also claimed three poles at the Reid Park venue.

The Repco Supercars Championship field will return to North Queensland for the NTI Townsville 500 across July 9-11. Tickets are available here.

The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo, and will be broadcast live and free on Seven.

Most ATCC/Supercars round starts

298: Craig Lowndes
286: Garth Tander
265: Rick Kelly
260: Jason Bright
253: Russell Ingall
245: Jamie Whincup
243: Todd Kelly, Mark Winterbottom

Correct to 2021 Merlin Darwin Triple Crown

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