The car Mark Winterbottom drove to pole position for the 2010 Bathurst 1000 has been sold overseas. Pic: an1images.com / Justin Deeley

THE car that Mark Winterbottom used to sit on pole position for the 2010 Bathurst 1000 has been sold to a new owner in New Zealand.

Kiwi enthusiast Richard Atkinson, who has owned and restored other Ford Falcon V8 Supercars in recent years, has purchased the former Ford Performance Racing Falcon FG.

FPR 809 was built brand new by the team now known as Tickford Racing for the 2010 season and campaigned by Winterbottom, who was a championship contender all the way to the final round of the season at Sydney Olympic Park.

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Winterbottom started the 2011 season aboard the car before switching to a new Falcon for the enduros.

Winterbottom celebrates setting the fastest time in the 2010 Bathurst Top 10 Shootout with co-driver Luke Youlden. Pic: an1images.com / Justin Deeley

This chassis’ final race appearances in FPR’s hands came in the Super2 Series with then-new recruit Chaz Mostert driving it at the season-ending Sandown and Homebush rounds.

The car was then sold to MW Motorsport for 2012, who continued campaigining it in the Super2 Series and then the V8 Touring Car Series with a variety of drivers, including Tim Blanchard, Luke Youlden, Kurt Kostecki, Bryce Fullwood, Chelsea Angelo and Tyler Everingham.

Last year, the squad spent the COVID-19 lockdown restoring the car back to its 2010 Bathurst pole-winning Orrcon Steel livery.

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.