18 Jun 2009

Frosty hoping 2009 heats up in Darwin

12:10 pm on 18 June 2009

Mark Winterbottom admits time is fast running out for him to launch a realistic challenge for the 2009 V8 Supercars title.

The Ford Performance Racing driver finished a close runner-up to champion Jamie Whincup last year but, while Whincup has gone on to collect five wins from eight races and 1044 points so far this season, Winterbottom is 10th on the ladder with just 573 points and his one victory came in the non-competition Australian Grand Prix stage.

With over a quarter of the series completed, the 28-year-old accepts this weekend's event at Hidden Valley in Darwin could make or break his campaign.