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History

2003

Prodrive Racing Australia was established in December 2002 after Prodrive, the world’s largest independent automotive engineering company, bought Glenn Seton Racing. The team won its second V8 Supercar round when PRA’s crew made a crucial weather call, keeping Craig Lowndes out at Phillip Island whilst others made early tyre stops. The rain PRA had anticipated came 17 laps from the finish bringing everyone in for wets. Lowndes, having not already pitted, emerged in front.

Drivers
Craig Lowndes (5th overall)
Glenn Seton (15th overall)
David Besnard (21st overall)
Owen Kelly (endurance with Besnard)
Darren Hossack (endurance with Macrow)
Adam Macrow (endurance with Hossack)

2004

A difficult season for the fledgling team, race engine reliability proved difficult. Despite that PRA still managed to secure a second runner-up spot at the iconic Mount Panorama thanks to some shrewd tactics.

Drivers
Craig Lowndes (20th overall)
Glenn Seton (15th overall)
Alain Menu (endurance with Macrow)
Adam Macrow (endurance with Menu)

2005

Rebuilding its engine programme, PRA struggled for consistent speed. This year’s work, however, laid the foundations for an excellent 2006.

Drivers
Jason Bright (9th overall)
Greg Ritter (27th overall)
David Brabham (endurance with Bright + last two rounds, replacing Ritter)
Cameron McLean (endurance with Ritter)

2006

The team’s hard work and determination resulted in PRA’s most successful season to date in 2006. Highlights included winning the prestigious Sandown 500 (Bright & Winterbottom) and the inaugural Bahrain Desert 400 V8 Supercar round (Bright), along with several top three results by both drivers. This earned PRA second-place honours in the Teams’ Championship, along with third and fifth places in the Drivers’ Championship.

Drivers
Jason Bright (5th overall)
Mark Winterbottom (3rd overall)
Matt Halliday (endurance with Brabham at Bathurst and McLean at Sandown)
Cameron McLean (endurance with Halliday at Sandown)
David Brabham (endurance with Halliday at Bathurst)

2007

PRA recorded four pole positions during 2007, earning Mark Winterbottom the 2007 V8 Supercar Pole Position Award. Overall, PRA gained a top-five Championship result with Winterbottom fifth and Richards seventh overall.

Drivers
Mark Winterbottom (5th overall)
Steve Richards (7th overall)
Owen Kelly (endurance with Richards for Sandown and Halliday for Bathurst)
Matt Halliday (endurance with Winterbottom for Sandown and Kelly for Bathurst)

2008

PRA’s progress continued with its closest-ever title challenge in 2008. Mark Winterbottom led the points table in the season’s mid-stages with dominant performances in Queensland and Perth as well as the team’s first-ever 1-2 finish, when Steve Richards led Frosty home in Darwin.

Drivers
Mark Winterbottom (2nd overall)
Steve Richards (8th overall)
Dean Canto (endurance with Youlden)
Luke Youlden (endurance with Canto)

2009

A tough year for PRA with mixed results. Richo made it to the podium three times, while Frosty finished the season with 12 podium finishes and a fifth place in the championship.

Drivers
Mark Winterbottom (5th overall)
Steve Richards (13th overall)
Dean Canto (endurance with Youlden)
Luke Youlden (endurance with Canto)

2010

Frosty was in the hunt for the championship until the second last race of the season in a super-competitive year for the #5 Orrcon Racing PRA Falcon. Third place provides a solid building-block for 2011. Richo struggled at times but delivered a number of good finishes. PRA announced a new naming-rights sponsor for car #6 for 2011, with the driver revealed as Will Davison.

Drivers
Mark Winterbottom (3rd overall)
Steve Richards (17th overall)
Luke Youlden (endurance with Winterbottom)
James Moffat (endurance with Richards)

2011

The team endured a mixed first half of the season with poles and podiums peppered with disappointing results. PRA then showed its ability and fighting spirit and turned its season around, with Winterbottom clawing his way back up the standings in the back end of the year to claim third overall. The team won two races, claimed eight poles and more than one dozen podiums to end the year as the coming team in the series.

Drivers
Mark Winterbottom (3rd overall)
Will Davison (7th overall)
Steve Richards (endurance with Winterbottom)
Luke Youlden (endurance with Davison)

2012

The season was undoubtedly the most successful in the team's history as PRA racked up wins, poles and podiums across the season. Davison and Winterbottom claimed a dominant 1-2 at the season-opening Clipsal 500 before clean-sweeping the rounds in New Zealand, Perth and Phillip Island. Despite enduring a tough run through the mid-part of the season, PRA recorded a podium at every event before Davison and ex-Formula 1 star Mika Salo broke the drought on the Gold Coast. In a year where only two teams claimed victory the factory Ford squad won 14 races, claimed 11 pole positions and 35 podium finishes.

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Drivers
Mark Winterbottom (3rd overall)
Will Davison (4th overall)
Steve Richards (endurance with Mark Winterbottom)
John McIntyre (endurance with Will Davison)

2013

Prodrive Racing claimed its maiden Bathurst 1000 win in 2013 at the hands of Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards. Following on from a successful season in 2012, Winterbottom and team-mate Will Davison compiled 19 podium finishes for the season, including race wins at New Zealand, Darwin, Townsville, Winton and Bathurst. 2013 saw the departure of car #6 driver Will Davison who was replaced by young gun Chaz Mostert for 2014.

Drivers
Mark Winterbottom (4th overall)
Will Davison (3rd overall)
Steve Richards (endurance with Mark Winterbottom)
Steve Owen (endurance with Will Davison)

2014

Prodrive Racing became back-to-back Bathurst winners in 2014 following Chaz Mostert's thrilling last-lap victory at the legendary track. In a strong maiden main series season, 2014 saw the young gun claim victories in Perth and Bathurst, concluding with a seventh place championship standing. Mark Winterbottom's two wins early in the season in New Zealand saw him take home the Jason Richards Trophy following a consistent start to 2014. Victories in Winton, Auckland and Darwin had Frosty sitting on top of the championship standings before a mid-season saw the fan favourite drop to third in the overall standings.

Drivers
Mark Winterbottom (3rd overall)
Chaz Mostert (7th overall)
Steve Owen (endurance with Mark Winterbottom)
Paul Morris (endurance with Chaz Mostert)

2015

A standout year in 2015 after the debut of the FG X saw Prodrive Racing win its maiden V8 Supercars drivers' championship after 13 years in the competition. Mark Winterbottom won a total of nine races and achieved 16 podium finishes for the year to make his title dreams a reality in what was an incredibly consistent year for Frosty. Wins at Perth, Winton, Darwin and Townsville saw Mark move to lead the race for the championship, and stay there for the remainder of the season. Winterbottom's Pepsi Max Crew teammate Chaz Mostert also had a mid-year run of success, collecting a grand total of 10 pole positions, enough to see him awarded the Armor-All Pole Position Award for 2015. Mostert's season was, however, ended early after a horrifying crash in practice at the Bathurst 1000. The team's Dunlop Series driver Cameron Waters filled in for Mostert at the Gold Coast, Auckland and Phillip Island events, while Steve Owen got behind the wheel of car 6 for the Sydney 500 to allow Waters to concentrate on his Dunlop Series campaign. This move proved beneficial for Waters who was crowned the Dunlop Series Championship at the end of the weekend.

Drivers
Mark Winterbottom (1st overall)
Chaz Mostert (11th overall)
Steve Owen (endurance with Mark Winterbottom, main driver at the Sydney 500)
Cameron Waters (endurance with Chaz Mostert, main driver at the Gold Coast, Auckland and Phillip Island events)
Russell Ingall (co-driver for Cameron Waters at the Gold Coast)

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