Winners take Pirtek Enduro Cup lead
Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen lead the Pirtek Enduro Cup with one race remaining after taking out Race 21 at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.
Cameron Waters and Richie Stanaway helped to give Prodrive Racing Australia a one-two in the Saturday race in Surfers Paradise, and now hold the same position in the Pirtek Enduro Cup.
Cars #55 and #6 had left Bathurst tied for second position, but moved ahead of Fabian Coulthard and Tony D’Alberto by virtue of their strong results.
The previous leaders, on the other hand, lacked pace in Race 21 before Coulthard turned around Nick Percat.
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While the #12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford crossed the line in 10th position, Coulthard had a 15-second time penalty hanging over his head for the indiscretion which put them back to 19th.
“It’s awesome,” said Mostert of Prodrive’s one-two position in the Pirtek Enduro Cup.
“I think in ’14 when we won Bathurst we came up second in the Pirtek Enduro Cup.
“We missed out on Bathurst this year so it’d be cool to take out another trophy for either one of us guys.
“I’m a bit greedy, I’d like to get it, but I’m sure Cam’s going to be pushing me pretty hard tomorrow.
“If I don’t get it, I’m happy for these guys next to us (Waters/Stanaway) to get it; they’ve done a pretty good job through these enduro races as well.”
Ford is heavily favoured to win the Pirtek Enduro Cup for the first time with Falcon entries filling the first three positions.
The best Holdens are those of Bathurst 1000 winners David Reynolds/Luke Youlden, who finished 17th after coming back from a lap down prior to the Safety Car, and Shane van Gisbergen/Matt Campbell.
Van Gisbergen won the series within a series last year, but faces an uphill battle to overturn a 102-point deficit to Mostert/Owen with 150 points awarded to tomorrow’s race winner.
The Pirtek Enduro Cup finishes with Race 22 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship tomorrow at 1425 local time (1525 AEDT).
Pirtek Enduro Cup: After Race 21
|1||55||Chaz Mostert/Steve Owen||564|
|2||6||Cameron Waters/Richie Stanaway||552|
|3||12||Fabian Coulthard/Tony D’Alberto||528|
|4||9||David Reynolds/Luke Youlden||462|
|5||97||Shane van Gisbergen/Matthew Campbell||462|
|6||02||Scott Pye/Warren Luff||432|
|7||99||Dale Wood/Chris Pither||411|
|8||33||Garth Tander/James Golding||408|
|9||23||Michael Caruso/Dean Fiore||405|
|10||88||Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell||396|
|11||888||Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards||384|
|12||56||Jason Bright/Garry Jacobson||360|
|13||17||Scott McLaughlin/Alexandre Prémat||345|
|14||15||Rick Kelly/David Wall||336|
|15||22||James Courtney/Jack Perkins||315|
|16||19||Will Davison/Jonathon Webb||309|
|17||7||Todd Kelly/Jack Le Brocq||306|
|18||14||Tim Slade/Andre Heimgartner||297|
|19||5||Mark Winterbottom/Dean Canto||258|
|20||34||James Moffat/Richard Muscat||243|
|21||21||Tim Blanchard/Todd Hazelwood||198|
|22||18||Lee Holdsworth/Karl Reindler||180|
|23||78||Simona De Silvestro/David Russell||159|
|24||62||Alex Rullo/Alex Davison||156|
|25||8||Nick Percat/Macauley Jones||120|
|26||3||Aaren Russell/Taz Douglas||108|