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$800,000 price tag on restored Winterbottom title winner

THE Ford Falcon FG X in which Mark Winterbottom won the 2015 Supercars Championship has been offered for sale by Tickford Racing.

Tickford has undertaken a 12-month restoration on the car and has advertised it with a price tag of $800,000, or best offer.

The 2015 crown remains the squad’s only Supercars Championship victory, achieved while running as Prodrive Racing Australia and with backing from Pepsi Max.

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Tickford is selling the car in ready-to-use condition, complete with an engine from the 2015 season.

“It’s probably one of the most important cars in the 20-year history of this team,” says Tickford CEO Tim Edwards.

“We fought for many years to win the championship. We won a couple of Bathursts but to actually win the championship was hugely important.

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“The car has had a 12-month birthday. It was stripped, it’s had a full nut and bolt (restoration).

“It has a fresh engine, the engine that’s in it was in the car during its championship year, the transmission has been rebuilt.

“Effectively this car is concours, that’s the best way to describe it. We took a lot of pride in putting this together because of how much it means to the team.

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“The car also comes with Mark Winterbottom’s race suit from that year, all the setup sheets from every race we competed in that year and all of the documentation to substantiate the car.”

Dubbed chassis FPR 1217, the car was campaigned by the squad in the Supercars Championship from 2014-2018 and then in Super2 from 2019-2021.

It was built as an FG model and raced by Winterbottom to third place in the 2014 championship before being converted to an FG X for ’15.

Winterbottom won nine races on the way to that year’s title, including the Sandown 500 with Steve Owen, and also took a further four wins at the non-championship Albert Park meeting.

Prodrive again fielded the car for Winterbottom in the first half of 2016 before it was handed to teammate Cam Waters, and then to Jason Bright for 2017.

It started 2018 with rookie Richie Stanaway at the controls before a mid-season change meant it finished its main game career with original pilot Winterbottom.

Winterbottom celebrates his 2015 title. Pic: Supercars

Thomas Randle, Broc Feeney and Zak Best drove the car in its respective Super2 seasons, before Tickford decided to pull it out of active racing duties.

The car was initially put up for auction by Tickford last December but was passed in before undergoing its restoration to its 2015 title-winning form during this year.

Click here for the sale listing on Racecarsdirect.

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