Ford Performance Racing has retained the services of the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon pilot Mark Winterbottom to drive for the Ford factory team until 2013.

The new three-year deal sees Winterbottom extend his relationship with Ford, with 'Frosty' now hoping to launch a challenge on the 2010 championship crown.

"I am very pleased to confirm a further three years with FPR, which has been my racing home since 2006," he said. "This is a great team with enormous potential and we have unfinished championship business to attend to in the seasons ahead. I am very proud to continue my long and successful association with Ford through this new agreement and together with all blue oval fans, we are hungrier than ever to become V8 Supercar Champions. I am looking forward to the next exciting chapter in my career with FPR starting in Abu Dhabi next month."

2010 brings an exciting new engineering structure at FPR as Campbell Little re-unites with Winterbottom, the same engineer who oversaw his record breaking Development Series Championship victory in 2003 and the same engineer who has contributed to major racing and championship successes with other V8 Supercar teams in recent years.

"We're extremely happy to have secured Mark's services for another three years," FPR team principal Tim Edwards said. "Mark has been a great asset to the team and the key to our recent success. Knowing he's committed to our chase for a championship we can now confidently employ some new strategies to achieve this."