Rick Kelly has predicted that the HSV Dealer Team will need to be ready for battle as the V8 Supercar Championship heads to Winton this weekend for the latest round of the year.

Despite the fact that Winton is the home circuit for the Dealer Team, Kelly warned that the team can't afford to be complacent with Ford teams having run well at Winton in the past - and with the Blue Oval having seemingly had the edge over Holden in recent events.

"Winton is a track for us where the Fords are very strong and they have proven that in the past," he said. "I think those guys are going to come down from Queensland and be very fast and obviously with FPR testing there also, they are going to be quick as well.

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"It is not going to be a massive advantage for us to be at home, if anything it probably just allows us not to let those guys sneak away from us too much."

After a few disappointing results Kelly has slipped back to fourth in the Championship and is 382 points behind leader Mark Winterbottom but he is confident he can make up that gap.

"We are a fair way behind at the moment but definitely a bit of rain could throw a spanner in the works for the Championship position of the guys in front of us and could allow us to sneak back up on them before the endurance rounds."

Team-mate Paul Dumbrell however was more confident for the weekend ahead.

"This is our test track and I am quite confident going into the weekend" he said. "Having completed three out of our four allocated test days this year and with a two day test coming up in about a month I am pretty confident we have a handle on the car. I am looking forward to some more strong results."