READY TO ROLL: Mark Winterbottom will be chasing his maiden Bathurst 1000 win this weekend.
READY TO ROLL: Mark Winterbottom will be chasing his maiden Bathurst 1000 win this weekend. MARK HORSBURGH

Drivers ready to claim the ultimate prize at Mt Panorama

THE Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is Australia's greatest motor race, the one they all want to win. This year, it takes on even more significance as it becomes part of the first ever PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

Whilst many have won, there are many that are still yet to win it and some that despite stellar careers in Touring Car Championship terms, never crested the top step at Mount Panorama.

What does it mean to win Bathurst? Hear from those who have won and those who are aiming to win and are chasing the PIRTEK Enduro Cup in 2013.

Mark Winterbottom - has not yet won Bathurst and will be trying to in his #5 Pepsi MAX Crew Ford Performance Racing Falcon with Steven Richards, a Bathurst winner himself, this year:

"Bathurst is the one every driver wants to win and it is up there with the championship as the big things I want to tick off my list. The track challenges drivers and teams and requires so much to go right on the day. There are so many factors that go into having a good race as anything can happen over 1000-kilometres. I've been on pole a number of times, led nearly every year I've raced there and come very close to winning it before. The fact I haven't just makes me more determined each year I go back and to win for Ford and FPR would be the ultimate achievement."

Nick Percat - won on his debut in 2011, partnering Garth Tander in the Holden Racing team:

"A win at Bathurst really put me on the map and just getting the drive with Garth in 2011 turned a lot of heads and got a lot of attention. To get the result we did made the phone ring off the hook but I've been with Walkinshaw Racing for a long time with a long term contract and hopefully a decent result up at Bathurst could really set me up for the next phase of my career."

>> Watch the highlights from the 2012 Bathurst 1000



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