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PRODRIVE RACING AUSTRALIA
Prodrive Racing Australia boss Tim Edwards said to his mother
in 1988 that he’d only be in Europe for six months... 17 years
on, after a stint that included 14 years at the Jordan Formula 1
team, he finally returned home a little disillusioned.
Edwards sought a career change and ended up working for the
Commonwealth Games as a specialist advisor for sports such
as shooting and lawn bowls, areas he knew little about. But then
Prodrive head honcho David Richards tracked Edwards down for
“I was sitting at my desk and he rang me and said, ‘I’m in
town and we need to have breakfast’,” recalls Edwards.
“And I pretty much guessed what that breakfast
meeting was about. He wanted me to run this
business for him. So I went home and spoke
to my wife and we both decided motorsport
was probably too deep rooted in me to walk
away from it. And the fact is V8 Supercars
is very different to Formula 1. You’re not
away for those extreme amounts of time
and I love this sport.”
Edwards, who’s led the team since
2005, is pleased with how they have
developed from perennial podium and win
contenders to leaders of the pack.
“I’m proud of the job that everyone in this
team has done... it’s been a long journey;
Frosty has been here just a year less than me,” he says.
“I’ve got guys working for me that have been owed their long
service leave for five or six years. We’ve got some people in this
team that have been here a long time trying to achieve what
we have been doing at the moment. It’s good for all of us, even
the ones that have come along a lot later as well. It is not down
to me, it is down to the people that work for this team that are
achieving what we are now and it’s a lot of hard work.”
Edwards says the key to their success is keeping key people
together throughout the journey.
“I’ve got both Frosty [Mark Winterbottom] and Chaz [Mostert]
locked in for the foreseeable future,” he says.
“Having some of the best drivers in the category attracts the
quality of engineers and mechanics that work for us. And if we
can keep that core group together, there’s no reason why we’re
not going to be punching up the top somewhere for the foresee-
Nor does Edwards see his passion or will to keep Prodrive on
top changing anytime soon.
“For the last 27 or 28 years I’ve been working in motorsport,”
“I dabbled for three and a half months not being in motorsport
[Commonwealth Games advisor role]. I think it is a bit like a drug
addiction; I needed my fix. I enjoy this sport, so I don’t see myself
going and working for lawn bowls or something else because this
is what I do.”
THE MAN IN CHARGE
Last year the Falcons had tracks where they clearly
struggled; this year it has been about levelling out the
troughs. It has been the key to getting three drivers
into a championship-winning position, and then it
comes down to the drivers and how they handle it on
“I think the team’s pretty excited having two cars on
the front row so often, it’s better than having one car
up the front and another one nowhere,” says Mostert.
“As drivers, we’ve got more of a gentleman’s agree-
ment, we’re going to race hard together and try and
push away from everyone else. And if we get one-two,
it doesn’t matter which way it is, as long as we get to
spray each other with champagne... then it’s been an
awesome weekend for the team.
“We’re just lucky enough to be the guy that gets the
name on the door but it’s the other 60 people at the
workshop putting all the hard work and sweat and
tears in. I guess we’re showcasing the little rocket that
they’ve built and we don’t want to throw it away for
The longer-term view is taken by Winterbottom, the
elder statesman of the Prodrive crew. He says you need
to stick to your agreements or it all comes tumbling
“We’re both here for a long time, so it might be you
get a gain at one race but it won’t gain you over your
career,” he says.
“There’s times when Chaz has been coming through
with the indicator on, so I’ll let him pass and vice versa.
We actually help each other out to get forward.
“If you screw a guy over tomorrow he’ll definitely
get you; every driver’s got good memories and it just
doesn’t serve anything.
“I’ve seen it at other teams, people try and benefit
themselves, they get selfish and then the next week it
comes off second best for them and the team morale
drops and the results drop, and it’s not good for
anyone really. That won’t be us.”
Both drivers have more years left than Prodrive may
have with Ford, so nailing this year’s title had several
layers of significance for Winterbottom.
“You start this sport with goals,” says Winterbottom.
“Bathurst was one and I ticked that off in 2013, but
the title was the big one... to be the best over a season
has always been my goal. I had a lot of pride with the
#1 on my kart, I can’t imagine how this will feel in V8
ABOVE: The 2015 season
produced another head-to-
head championship battle
between Prodrive Racing
Australia and Triple Eight
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