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Mostert/Owen victorious as title rivals hit trouble

Tom Howard

Saturday 21st October, 2017 - 6:08pm

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Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen survived tricky wet conditions to take victory in Race 21

Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen combined to deliver victory after an eventful run to the flag in treacherous wet conditions at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.

The race could prove a significant moment in the championship race as the pole-sitters took advantage of drama that hit three of the five title contenders.

Owen led the early laps from pole before losing the lead to a fast starting Freightliner Racing Commodore of Tim Slade and Andre Heimgartner, with the latter at the wheel.

The Supercheap Ford dropped to fifth after heavy contact from Paul Dumbrell (#88 Red Bull Holden) in the opening stint, but bounced back following a Safety Car on Lap 55, caused by Lee Holdsworth (Preston Hire Racing).

Mostert surged by Prodrive team-mate Cameron Waters, who emerged in the lead on the restart, before taking a comfortable victory in a time certain finish.

Waters settled for second having been aided by a stunning stint from co-driver Richie Stanaway, who climbed to second from 14th on the grid.

Slade brought the Brad Jones Racing Holden home in third after its healthy lead was wiped out following a jack issue in the pits, that held up the left rear tyre change.

Shane van Gisbergen (Red Bull Holden) produced a sterling drive to recover from ninth to fourth in the final stint, while team-mate Jamie Whincup slid back to sixth, having run third for large parts of the opening stint.

Whincup had to recover from a 15 second penalty for contact on Owen instigated by co-driver Dumbrell.

Worse was to befall the Shell V-Power Racing Fords as Scott McLaughlin finished 12th after Alex Premat spun the Falcon on lap five and dropped to the rear of the field.

Championship leader Fabian Coulthard was handed a 15 second penalty for tagging Nick Percat (Brad Jones Racing) that dropped him from 10th to 19th position.

Coulthard continues to lead the championship by 37 points with just 121 covering the top four.

The vast majority of teams elected to put co-drivers in for the start as the rain intensified on the grid.

Owen led the field away from the start with Dumbrell second and Heimgartner following closely third.

The opening laps were devoid of drama until Premat’s moment at Turn 11, when he checked up and lost the rear behind a slower train of cars.

He continued despite being collected by Luke Youlden (Erebus Motorsport)and Macauley Jones (Brad Jones Racing).

Meanwhile, at the front Heimgartner produced a stunning opening stint which saw him pass Dumbrell and then take the lead from Owen on lap 8.

Prodrive duo Stanaway and Garry Jacobson also lit up the timing screens as they surged from 14th and 22nd into the top six before the latter pitted for fuel on lap 16.

As Heimgartner extended his lead to 18 seconds, there was plenty of action behind when Dumbrell made contact with Owen at the first chicane, leaving the Ford briefly broadside on the track.

Stanaway took advantage to climb to second behind Heimgartner before the first round of pit stops at one third distance.

Slade took over the Brad Jones Holden from Heimgartner with a 19s lead over Waters, while the out-of-sequence Jacobson moved to third.

Nissan Motorsport’s Michael Caruso emerged in fourth ahead of Mostert, who passed Whincup following his 15s penalty during the first stop.

Title contenders van Gisbergen emerged in 11th after Campbell’s stint with Coulthard a net 10th and McLaughlin in 17th.

The race was neutralised with 52 minutes remaining when the Safety Car was deployed when Holdsworth punted the tyre bundle onto the race track at the beachside chicane.

The stoppage triggered the second round of pit stops and a crucial moment in the race.

Leader Slade rejoined in third after a pit stop drama while Waters assumed the lead from Mostert.

Mostert quickly emerged as the pacesetter on the restart and it wasn’t long before he passed Waters for the lead, where he stayed until the chequered flag.

Waters finished second ahead of Slade, while Caruso brought the #23 Nissan home in a fine fifth.

Craig Lowndes and Steve Richards finished seventh, while the top 10 was completed by Mark Winterbottom/Dean Canto (Prodrive), Jason Bright/Jacobson (Prodrive) and Rick Kelly and David Wall (Nissan Motorsport).

The Todd Kelly/Jack Le Brocq Nissan retired on lap 45 after suffering extensive damage to the front and rear, following a collision with Garth Tander (Garry Rogers Mototsport) at Turn 2.

Holdsworth also joined the list of retirements along wth the #3 of Aaren Russell and Taz Douglas.

Results: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Race 21

1 Supercheap Auto Racing C.Mostert/S.Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 94 2:18:28.8455
2 Monster Energy Racing C.Waters/R.Stanaway Ford Falcon FG/X 94 2:18:31.3371
3 Freightliner Racing T.Slade/A.Heimgartner Holden Commodore VF 94 2:18:34.3846
4 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust S.Van Gisbergen/M.Campbell Holden Commodore VF 94 2:18:35.8496
5 Nissan Motorsport M.Caruso/D.Fiore Nissan Altima 94 2:18:50.1168
6 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 94 2:18:55.7320
7 TeamVortex C.Lowndes/S.Richards Holden Commodore VF 94 2:18:57.1129
8 The Bottle-O Racing Team M.Winterbottom/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG/X 94 2:19:12.2115
9 MEGA Racing J.Bright/G.Jacobson Ford Falcon FG/X 94 2:19:16.3956
10 Sengled Racing R.Kelly/D.Wall Nissan Altima 94 2:19:17.6218
11 Mobil 1 HSV Racing S.Pye/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 94 2:19:17.9917
12 Shell V-Power Racing Team S.McLaughlin/A.Premat Ford Falcon FG/X 94 2:19:18.8936
13 Wilson Security Racing GRM G.Tander/J.Golding Holden Commodore VF 94 2:19:20.1672
14 Mobil 1 HSV Racing J.Courtney/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VF 94 2:19:20.5574
15 Team CoolDrive T.Blanchard/T.Hazelwood Holden Commodore VF 94 2:19:29.1644
16 Team Harvey Norman S.De Silvestro/D.Russell Nissan Altima 94 2:19:29.1736
17 Erebus Penrite Racing D.Reynolds/L.Youlden Holden Commodore VF 94 2:19:29.5120
18 Wilson Security Racing GRM J.Moffat/R.Muscat Holden Commodore VF 94 2:19:31.5112
19 Shell V-Power Racing Team F.Coulthard/T.D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG/X 94 2:19:31.7731
20 TEKNO Woodstock Racing W.Davison/J.Webb Holden Commodore VF 94 2:19:34.4090
21 Boost Mobile N.Percat/M.Jones Holden Commodore VF 94 2:19:42.9907
22 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing D.Wood/C.Pither Holden Commodore VF 94 2:19:58.3916
23 Repair Management Aust Racing A.Rullo/A.Davison Holden Commodore VF 92 2:19:27.4290
DNF Preston Hire Racing L.Holdsworth/K.Reindler Holden Commodore VF 58 1:25:49.2422
DNF Plus Fitness Racing A.Russell/T.Douglas Holden Commodore VF 48 1:11:36.3547
DNF carsales Racing T.Kelly/J.Le Brocq Nissan Altima 45 1:05:34.5852

Championship points

1 Fabian Coulthard 2479
2 Jamie Whincup 2442
3 Scott McLaughlin 2403
4 Chaz Mostert 2358
5 Shane Van Gisbergen 2262
6 David Reynolds 1857
7 Craig Lowndes 1830
8 Cameron Waters 1816
9 Garth Tander 1776
10 Mark Winterbottom 1761
11 Scott Pye 1438
12 Michael Caruso 1416
13 Tim Slade 1410
14 Rick Kelly 1362
15 Will Davison 1323
16 James Moffat 1278
17 Lee Holdsworth 1269
18 Todd Kelly 1243
19 Jason Bright 1227
20 James Courtney 1218
21 Nick Percat 1137
22 Tim Blanchard 1026
23 Dale Wood 984
24 Simona De Silvestro 891
25 Alex Rullo 594
26 James Golding 570
27 Steve Owen 564
28 Richie Stanaway 552
29 Tony D’Alberto 528
30 Luke Youlden 462
31 Matthew Campbell 462
32 Jack Le Brocq 441
33 Warren Luff 432
34 Chris Pither 411
35 Dean Fiore 405
36 Paul Dumbrell 396
37 Steven Richards 384
38 Garry Jacobson 360
39 Alexandre Premat 345
40 David Wall 336
41 Jack Perkins 315
42 Jonathon Webb 309
43 Taz Douglas 306
44 Andre Heimgartner 297
45 Alex Davison 297
46 Todd Hazelwood 288
47 Macauley Jones 267
48 Dean Canto 258
49 Richard Muscat 243
50 Karl Reindler 180
51 Aaren Russell 177
52 David Russell 159
53 Shae Davies 153
54 Cameron McConville 81
55 Matthew Brabham 57
56 Ashley Walsh 0

Pirtek Enduro Cup: After Race 21

1 Chaz Mostert/Steve Owen 564
2 Cameron Waters/Richie Stanaway 552
3 Fabian Coulthard/Tony D’Alberto 528
4 David Reynolds/Luke Youlden 462
4 Shane van Gisbergen/Matthew Campbell 462
6 Scott Pye/Warren Luff 432
7 Dale Wood/Chris Pither 411
8 Garth Tander/James Golding 408
9 Michael Caruso/Dean Fiore 405
10 Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell 396
11 Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards 384
12 Jason Bright/Garry Jacobson 360
13 Scott McLaughlin/Alexandre Prémat 345
14 Rick Kelly/David Wall 336
15 James Courtney/Jack Perkins 315
16 Will Davison/Jonathon Webb 309
17 Todd Kelly/Jack Le Brocq 306
18 Tim Slade/Andre Heimgartner 297
19 Mark Winterbottom/Dean Canto 258
20 James Moffat/Richard Muscat 243
21 Tim Blanchard/Todd Hazelwood 198
22 Lee Holdsworth/Karl Reindler 180
23 Simona De Silvestro/David Russell 159
24 Alex Rullo/Alex Davison 156
25 Nick Percat/Macauley Jones 120
26 Aaren Russell/Taz Douglas 108

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