MOSTERT RACES TO FIRST 2018 PODIUM
Chaz Mostert has raced to his first podium for 2018 in Race 20 of the Supercars Championship at Queensland Raceway.
Race 19 – Position 6
After qualifying P2 for Race 19, Mostert was penalised three grid positions for impeding another competitors qualifying lap which forced Mostert to start from P5.
After a wild start to Race 19 which included an off-track excursion, Mostert was the first car to pit, which forced him to race the final 32 laps of the 39 lap race attempting to hold back the hard-charging competition, falling from effectively second place to sixth at the chequered flag.
“I DIDN’T GET A GREAT START BUT FROM THEN IT WAS JUST TRYING TO SURVIVE. I REALLY STRUGGLED FOR PACE AT THE START OF THE RACE, JUST GETTING THE TYRES TO WORK AND THE BALANCE BEHIND OTHER CARS. OUR PIT STOP STRATEGY HELPED US OUT WHICH WAS GREAT BUT I NEVER LIKE FINISHING A RACE ON THE BACK FOOT, WHERE I HAVE WORSE TYRES THAN ANYONE ELSE, BUT WE PITTED NINTH AND WE FINISHED SIXTH, AT THE END OF THE DAY THE RESULT SHOWS THAT THE CAR WASN’T TOO BAD. THERE ARE DEFINITELY SOME THINGS I WANT TO CHANGE FOR TOMORROW.”
Race 20 – Position 3
Mostert came through for his hometown on Sunday, racing to a demanding 3rd place finish and earning a season first podium.
Mostert raced an extremely calculated 65 laps, holding off a hard-charging Whincup in the final 3 laps.
It is Mostert’s 38th career podium and first for 2018, ending the longest podium drought of his career at 24 races.
Remarkably, Mostert has now visited the podium in each of his six career appearances at Queensland Raceway, today’s result being his ninth podium.
I’M ABSOLUTELY ECSTATIC WITH THE PODIUM TODAY. NOT ONLY IS IT A GREAT RESULT BUT IT’S A CONFIDENCE BOOST FOR THE ENTIRE TEAM WHO HAVE NOT STOPPED SINCE ADELAIDE. LOOKING BACK AT THE WEEKEND, THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE DEFINITELY COULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY, BUT WE’LL CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER AS A COLLECTIVE AND PRESS FORWARD IN SYDNEY.
Mostert will now prepare for Round 10 of the Supercars Championship, the Sydney SuperNight 300 on August 03 – 04.
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 – Scott McLaughlin, Shell V-Power Racing – 2321 points
2 – Shane Van Gisbergen, Red Bull Holden Racing – 2190 points
3 – Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Holden Racing – 1870 points
4 – David Reynolds, Penrite Racing – 1838 points
5 – Craig Lowndes, Autobarn Racing – 1821 points
9 – Chaz Mostert, Supercheap Auto Racing – 1517 points