MOSTERT P5 IN SUPERCARS SEASON OPENER
Round 1 Supercars Championship, Adelaide 500
Race 1 – Position 5
Mostert had a good start to the opening Round of the 2019 Supercars Championship finishing P6 and P5 in two of the three Practice sessions, but was caught in traffic in Qualifying and finished P12, missing the shoot-out.
Mostert appeared on for a potential podium but he locked up and slid off track while challenging for P3 halfway through the Race and eventually finished P5.
Race 2 – Position 15
Having made his first stop on Lap 26, Mostert returned to pit lane on Lap 27 with the majority of the field once the Safety Car had been deployed.
Mostert’s entry to the pit box was affected by the crowded pit lane, compromising his exit and forcing him to reverse before releasing into the pit lane.
Upon release, he made contact with Rick Kelly, causing damage to the front of the Mustang and later incurring a drive-through penalty.
With a late stop for tyres, Mostert was able to salvage P15 place and broke the Adelaide Race lap record with a 1m20.379s.
It was real unfortunate, what happened with Rick. It was just so congested and tight in the lane, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get out cleanly, and once I got pushed back I couldn’t see anything in the mirrors, I just went and unfortunately Rick was coming through. We got a little lucky that the car wasn’t bent up, but it took us out of a run for the podium which is frustrating. That said the car’s been quick and we’re doing what we need to get up front, which is promising, we just need to string it all together.”
Mostert will now prepare for the Melbourne 400 for Round 2 of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, to be held on 14 – 17 March with all races to be televised LIVE on Fox Sports.
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- 1 – Scott McLaughlin, Shell V-Power Racing – 300 points
- 2 – Shane Van Gisbergen, Red Bull Holden Racing – 258 points
- 3 – Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Holden Racing – 234 points
- 4 – Will Davison – Milwaukee Racing – 210 points
- 5 – Nick Percat – Brad Jones Racing – 207 points
- 10 – Chaz Mostert, Supercheap Auto Racing – 171 points