CHAZ Mostert snuck under the guard of the warring giants to snare an Australian GP win and show that Prodrive Racing Australia are still a championship force.
Ending a weekend of domination for DJR/Team Penske and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team, Mostert flew home to win his first race of the year as he heavyweight rivals were struck down.
Mostert stuck behind the raging Shell Fords of Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin all weekend before getting his chance in the final fling at Albert Park.
“I am really happy with how we ended up today,’’ Mostert said.
“The crew and my engineer Adam De Borre all did an awesome job to get the car together and working like it did. There are still a few little things that we need to work on but I feel like we have a good direction for the next few events. To get the race win and then third for the weekend is awesome.”
Coulthard ended up winning the Supercars challenge despite a horror final race that saw him finish at the back of the field.
“It was meant to be,’’ Coulthard said.
“It was a pretty bizarre way to win the weekend, but the boys have worked their rings out all weekend and I feel like we deserved to win.
We’ve got a little bit to go, and a little bit to achieve. It was pretty weird to have a puncture and then see Jamie have the same issue, but to take not only the round win but to be one-two is pretty awesome.”
McLaughlin made it a stellar weekend for the waking giant of the sport by claiming second in the challenge.
“I’m just stoked for Shell V-Power Racing Team,’’ McLaughlin said.
“it’s one of those things where I’m so happy to get a one-two. We were up against it, we had a difficult time today, and I got some damage early on which seriously hurt the car. I had to soldier on, I had
about 90 degrees of lock going down the straights, and right-handers where horrendous. We continued on and managed to get a one-two result for Shell V-Power Racing.”
Former champion Mark Winterbottom had another tough weekend. “We just got caught at the start, suffered some damage to the steering and it was over from there pretty much,’’ Winterbottom said.
“We can’t learn much from a damaged car so there’s nothing we can take from that race really. Not our weekend but there’s a lot that we can take from it overall. Chaz and Brighty seemed to have good cars. It was good to see Chaz up on the podium so we’ll have a look at what they did.”
Originally published as Mostert upstages stars in finale