Winterbottom’s excessive expectations are fuelled by a promising 2020 season that noticed him and teammate Scott Pye end in tenth and ninth within the factors respectively.
The workforce has additionally bolstered its engineering shares over the break, recruiting the highly-rated Richard Hollway to oversee race engineers Manuel Sanchez and Phil Keed.
That is left Winterbottom assured his third marketing campaign with the squad can present his first race win in a Holden.
“We announce yearly how hungry we’re to win, however with the development of this workforce, I’m heading into this new season feeling revamped and extra decided than ever to get again to the highest,” stated the 2015 sequence champion.
“It’s an excellent feeling heading into a brand new 12 months with the identical engineer and crew, however we’ve complemented that with the recruitment of Richard Hollway within the engineering division. He’s labored with Manuel for seven years beforehand, in order that they have already got that rapport and dealing relationship, and it seems like he’s been right here for years already.
“We’re in an excellent place, we’ve acquired nice workers, nice tools and we’re as hungry as ever. It’s time for Group 18 to rise up the entrance and chase these wins.”
Group 18 proprietor Charlie Schwerkolt shares Winterbottom’s optimism, with the highest 4 within the groups’ championship the clear goal.
“2020 was a 12 months when Group 18 stood up with a number of podiums in our first-year as a two-car squad,” he stated. “So for 2021 we need to take the following step ahead and be a constant pressure within the Supercars championship.
“With the drivers, the crew and the technical nous behind us, we actually have what it takes to turn into a high 4 workforce on this championship.
“[Winterbottom] joined our workforce in search of an atmosphere to construct and prosper, and from the outset he has shared my imaginative and prescient of the workforce and the place we’re headed.
“He’s as match, quick and decided as I’ve ever seen him and I consider in 2021 we’ll see the fruits of his laborious work.”
Winterbottom will sport a revised Irwin Instruments livery for the brand new season, that includes extra blue on the entrance bar and the addition of ‘Bunnings inexperienced’ on the rear flanks.
He’ll debut the brand new have a look at the delayed Winton pre-season test next Friday.