Mostert overcomes McLaughlin in grandstand finish

Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert held his nerve to hold off Scott McLaughlin in a grandstand finish to Race 16 at the Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint.

The Supercheap Auto driver had assumed a healthy lead after the second round of pit stops only for his advantage to be was wiped when the Safety Car was deployed late on for debris, due to punctures for James Courtney and Nick Percat.

Mostert came under heavy pressure from the DJR Team Penske Ford of McLaughlin, but he managed to hold on to score his second win of the season.

McLaughlin was forced to keep an eye on his mirrors in the final laps to defend from a charging Shane van Gisbergen (Red Bull Holden), who disposed of Fabian Coulthard (DJRTP) and Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Holden) shortly after the race restarted.

In the end, McLaughlin came home in second from van Gisbergen, while Whincup, who held second for long periods, settled for fourth ahead of Coulthard.

McLaughlin has extended his championship lead to 129 points over Whincup.

Mostert reacted best to the start allowing the Ford driver to leap into the lead while pole-sitter McLaughlin dropped to fourth after a sluggish getaway.

Whincup slotted into second, Coulthard jumped to third as Mark Winterbottom held fifth from van Gisbergen and Craig Lowndes.

The top four quickly began to pull away from the field with McLaughlin hassling Coulthard for third.

While appearing faster than his team-mate, McLaughlin ducked into the pits on lap 11 for his first stop followed by leader Mostert and Whincup a lap later.

Whincup managed to jump Mostert in the pits after taking on less fuel than his rivals.

The pair emerged ahead of McLaughlin as Coulthard inherited the lead from Winterbottom.

Winterbottom was next to pit taking on 58 litres of fuel, significantly more than the rest of the front runners.

He was soon followed by leader Coulthard, van Gisbergen and Lowndes.

Whincup assumed the lead once the the first round of stops were completed with Mostert second and McLaughlin third, while Percat jumped up to fourth ahead of Coulthard.

Winterbottom found himself in sixth while van Gisbergen and Lowndes rejoined in the top 10.

There was plenty of action further down the field as Will Davison suffered an off at Turn 3 due to a left front puncture, while the Nissans of Michael Caruso and Jack Le Brocq collided on the exit of Turn 2.

Damage incurred to the Altimas forced the duo out of the race.

Meanwhile, Van Gisbergen, with Lowndes in tow, continued their charge climbing up to seventh and eighth as Winterbottom dropped to ninth.

Race leader Whincup was the first to blink from the lead group as he took service on lap 35 with Mostert following suit.

Requiring less fuel, Mostert jumped Whincup in the pits for the effective lead.

McLaughlin pitted a lap later rejoining in third, while Coulthard retained fourth after his second stop.

One the second stops had shaken out a three way fight for the victory developed involving Mostert, McLaughlin and Whincup.

Whincup came under intense pressure from the Shell Ford before succumbing at Turn 6 as Mostert scampered into a 2.7s lead with 16 laps remaining.

Further back van Gisbergen, armed with fresher rubber, charged to fifth after passes on Lowndes, Todd Kelly and Winterbottom.

Mostert’s lead was wiped out following the deployment of the Safety Car due to debris on track caused by front left punctures for Courtney (at Turn 1) and seventh placed Percat (at Turn 3).

Tyre dramas befell Will Davison, who joined the list of retirements with a mystery issue causing two front left tyres to fail.

Mostert coped admirably with the pressure to hold off McLaughlin to take the win, while van Gisbergen charged to third following a succession of slick passes in the final eight laps.

Lowndes came home in sixth ahead of Tim Slade, Cameron Waters, David Reynolds and Winterbottom, who rounded out the top 10.

Todd Hazelwood emerged as the top wildcard finisher in 18th spot following a dramatic late race fight through the field.

The championship resumes at the Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint from August 18-20.

Results: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship: Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint: Race 16

1 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 65 01:21:42.7652
2 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG/X 65 01:21:43.4981
3 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 65 01:21:43.9918
4 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 65 01:21:45.4969
5 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 65 01:21:46.0180
6 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 65 01:21:47.2842
7 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 65 01:21:47.6773
8 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 65 01:21:48.3065
9 Erebus Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 65 01:21:49.8762
10 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 65 01:21:52.9011
11 MEGA Racing Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG/X 65 01:21:53.1675
12 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 65 01:21:54.4150
13 Sengled Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 65 01:21:54.6377
14 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Holden Commodore VF 65 01:21:55.7560
15 Wilson Security Racing GRM Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 65 01:21:55.9680
16 Mobil 1 HSV Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 65 01:21:56.8903
17 Team CoolDrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 65 01:22:00.8934
18 Bigmate Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore VF 65 01:22:01.2823
19 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 65 01:22:02.3253
20 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 65 01:22:03.1938
21 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Golding Holden Commodore VF 65 01:22:03.6439
22 LOCO Energy Drink / MWM Shae Davies Nissan Altima 65 01:22:04.1602
23 Mobil 1 HSV Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 64 01:21:53.6295
24 Dunlop Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 64 01:22:04.4140
25 Repair Management Aust Racing Alex Rullo Holden Commodore VF 64 01:22:07.4308
26 Repair Management Aust Racing Alex Davison Holden Commodore VF 64 01:22:07.8830
DNF Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 41    50:57.4074
DNF TEKNO Woodstock Racing Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 38    48:54.7006
DNF Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 26    52:13.0663
DNF GoGetta Racing / MWM Jack Le Brocq Nissan Altima 18    22:26.0193

Championship points

1 Scott McLaughlin 1896
2 Jamie Whincup 1767
3 Fabian Coulthard 1663
4 Shane Van Gisbergen 1635
5 Chaz Mostert 1545
6 Mark Winterbottom 1335
7 Craig Lowndes 1317
8 David Reynolds 1221
9 Garth Tander 1212
10 Cameron Waters 1210
11 Tim Slade 1008
12 James Moffat  972
13 Lee Holdsworth  969
14 Rick Kelly  909
15 Nick Percat  882
16 Will Davison  876
17 Scott Pye  844
18 Todd Kelly  829
19 Michael Caruso  813
20 James Courtney  783
21 Jason Bright  711
22 Tim Blanchard  684
23 Simona De Silvestro  648
24 Dale Wood  477
25 Alex Rullo  399
26 Taz Douglas  198
27 James Golding  162
28 Shae Davies  153
29 Macauley Jones  147
30 Jack Le Brocq  135
31 Todd Hazelwood   90
32 Cameron McConville   81
33 Aaren Russell   69
34 Matthew Brabham   57
35 Alex Davison   54

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