If you cannot beat them, be a part of them.
Supercars nice Mark Winterbottom has made the gorgeous admission that he’s leaving Ford as a result of his automotive cannot compete with Holden’s Pink Bull Racing (RBR).
The ex-series champion dubbed “Frosty” will draw the curtain on his 13-season profession at Ford heavyweights Tickford Racing at this weekend’s season finale Newcastle 500 after signing with Holden’s Irwin Racing for 2019.
The 2014 Bathurst 1000 winner will subsequent yr change Lee Holdsworth at Irwin Racing in a Commodore constructed by Triple Eight Engineering, the identical makers for all-conquering Holden outfit RBR.
Shane van Gisbergen will strive to lengthen RBR’s dominance when he fights it out with Ford’s Scott McLaughlin for the 2018 sequence championship at Newcastle.
RBR have produced eight championship winners up to now 10 years.
Winterbottom should have one spherical left in Ford colors however the 2015 sequence champ was already excited by the prospect of lining up towards RBR in a Triple Eight-made Holden.
“I’ve tried so a few years to beat them, (spilt) blood, sweat, tears, hours and hours making an attempt to beat that staff (RBR),” Winterbottom advised Fox Sports activities.
“They’re an excellent staff. The outcomes do not lie.
“There is a level the place you strive so laborious to beat them and you may’t.
“I am trying ahead to making an attempt to drive that automotive and now go towards them in the identical tools.
“I be ok with that.”
Irwin Racing is a stand-alone staff owned by Charlie Schwerkolt.
However Winterbottom mentioned his new outfit would have shut ties with Triple Eight, who make Commodores for each Holden Supercars staff besides Walkinshaw Racing.
“(RBR’s Jamie) Whincup to his credit score mentioned to me ‘you’ve got made the suitable transfer, you are going to love our tools’ at New Zealand (final spherical),” Winterbottom mentioned.
“Hopefully we’re all up there combating for a championship and we’re a part of that blend.”
Winterbottom admitted it was “bizarre” leaving Ford.
“It’s kind of of a shock. Your complete profession’s been a blue badge,” he mentioned.
“It feels bizarre. Individuals on the street the place we reside are going to suppose they’re new house owners as a result of they’ve by no means seen a Holden in our driveway.
“However I would like to win. I am becoming a member of this staff as a result of I consider I can win and that is a part of it.”