MOSTERT TRIUMPHS WITH LARRY PERKINS TROPHY
Round 2 Supercars Championship, Melbourne 400
Race 3 – Position 5
Mostert qualified P22, P2, P7 and in P1, on Pole Position, for the 4 Races at the F1 Opener.
Starting from the back of the field in the opening Race of the Australian Grand Prix, Mostert carved his way through to P13 by the time the pitstops started on Lap 8.
Mostert made his own stop on Lap 12 before charging home to finish P5, a massive effort by the Supercheap Auto Driver.
Mostert also broke the Albert Park Supercars lap record on Lap 14 at 1m55.73s, after breaking the Adelaide track record just two weeks ago.
Race 4 – Position 2
Starting Saturday’s morning Race on the front row, Mostert had a “terrible” start to the Race and dropped two positions into P4 by the end of the first corner.
Mostert managed to find his way back past Whincup at Turn 13 on Lap 4, then closed in on Tickford team-mate Waters by mid-race and took P2 to finish the Race on the Podium, Mostert’s first of the year.
Race 5 – Position 1
Mostert was to start from P7, but the two front row cars collided on the out lap and didn’t start the Race, pushing Mostert to P5.
The Number 55 Mustang Driver climbed through the 13-lap Race to cross the finish line in P1, winning Race 5 of the 2019 Supercars Championship.
The win was Mostert’s 13th Supercars race win and he again claimed the race lap record.
Race 6 – Position 2
Beginning from Pole, Mostert dropped to P2 and as a Safety Car held up the Race and the Race was called early, with Mostert finishing in P2.
The Race 6 result is the 43rd podium of Mostert’s career.
Mostert was awarded the Larry Perkins Trophy, reserved for the driver who scored the most points over the four-race Supercars weekend.
Mostert has climbed from 10th into 3rd in the Supercars Championship Standings after his strong showing.
Overall, just to recap the weekend, it’s been a fantastic weekend for the Supercheap Auto Mustang, to get the Larry Perkins award is pretty cool. After coming here last year, I didn’t think there’d be a chance this year, but we obviously showed we’ve done a lot of work at Tickford and made the cars pretty quick. I’m looking forward to the next one in Tassie, after Adelaide I felt we had potential to get a trophy there but just didn’t capitalise on it, so it’s fantastic to do that this weekend. Sunday was the best start I’ve done all weekend, so there’s still room there to improve. It was always going to be won or lost at the first corner. I felt like we probably had very similar cars, me and Scotty (McLaughlin), but once I’m up on the astroturf, it probably wasn’t a good idea driving up the inside of him at (Turn) 2.”
Mostert will now prepare for the Tasmania SuperSprint for Round 3 of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, to be held on 5 – 7 April with all races to be televised LIVE on Fox Sports.
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- 1 – Scott McLaughlin, Shell V-Power Racing – 500 points
- 2 – Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Holden Racing – 469 points
- 3 – Chaz Mostert, Tickford Racing – 437 points
- 4 – Will Davison, Milwaukee Racing – 413 points
- 5 – Tim Slade, Brad Jones Racing – 390 points