Mostert gets first win for WAU

Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert has taken his first victory with Walkinshaw Andretti United, in Race 8 of the Repco Supercars Championship at the Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint.

Mostert effectively led all 44 laps of the weekend’s final encounter at Symmons Plains while, 10 seconds further back, Dick Johnson Racing duo Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison rounded out the podium.

Those two ran down Cameron Waters in the latter three laps and the Tickford Racing driver finished fourth, ahead of Triple Eight Race Engineering team-mates Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen.

With that, van Gisbergen’s championship lead over Whincup has fallen slightly again to 139 points, while Mostert consolidates third in the title race.

The latter had qualified second and, on the clean side of the track, nailed the start in his #25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore.

He took a clear lead over pole-sitter Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) to Turn 2, where De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Mustang) wrested third from Zane Goddard (#35 Yellow Cover ZB Commodore).

Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang) also went past the Matt Stone Racing pilot when they got to the Hairpin, while van Gisbergen (#97 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore) got by David Reynolds (#26 Penrite Mustang) on the run up the back straight on Lap 1 to take up seventh position.

That put him just behind Whincup (#88 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore), who van Gisbergen dived at on Lap 5 at the Hairpin and out-dragged Car #88 up the back straight.

He was catching Goddard when Triple Eight called #97 into the pits on Lap 8, before Davison and Whincup took their service on the following lap.

Both got out ahead of van Gisbergen, while Waters had drifted to around 1.1s behind Mostert when he and De Pasquale pitted from second and third respectively on Lap 10.

Goddard was into the lane from a nominal second position on Lap 12, rejoining the race track behind van Gisbergen in an effective seventh.

Mostert was catching traffic when he ceded the lead to take his compulsory pit stop on Lap 13 and resumed with about 2.5s on Waters.

That was the effective top two, followed by De Pasquale, Davison, Whincup, van Gisbergen, and Goddard, with a touch over 30 laps remaining.

While Goddard copped a hit from Reynolds at the Hairpin on Lap 21, and Davison had a nervous moment when he touched the dirt there on Lap 29, barely holding out Whincup as he gathered it up, the front-runners remained in the same order.

That was until Whincup let van Gisbergen go past on the back straight on Lap 38, while Mostert had gapped the field to the tune of 10 seconds after 40 laps.

By then, it became clear that Waters was holding up the DJR and Triple Eight cars, with De Pasquale blazing past the #6 Mustang on Lap 42 as they ran towards Turn 6.

Davison did much the same a lap later, consigning Waters to fourth at the chequered flag, while the Triple Eight drivers swapped positions back right at the end.

Up the road, the official margin of victory was 10.2002s, with Mostert scooping a full 105 championship points having also set the fastest lap.

Goddard held on to seventh position, from Reynolds, and James Courtney (#44 Boost Mobile Mustang).

Nick Percat once again made big gains relative to where he started, hauling the #8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore all the way to 10th from 20th on the grid.

Next up is the OTR SuperSprint at The Bend on May 8-9.

Results: Race 8, Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 44 38:52.9975
2 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 44 39:03.1977
3 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 44 39:04.1664
4 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 44 39:05.1436
5 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:05.6080
6 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:06.3837
7 35 Yellow Cover Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:08.0942
8 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 44 39:08.8209
9 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 44 39:09.9259
10 8 R&J Batteries Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:10.3593
11 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:12.2261
12 3 CoolDrive Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 44 39:12.5392
13 19 Local Legends Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:12.8956
14 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:15.8800
15 9 Erebus Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:18.6828
16 14 Scandia Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:19.1641
17 2 Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:19.5667
18 99 Erebus Boost Mobile Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:20.8861
19 5 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 44 39:25.7790
20 96 Coca-Cola Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:25.9722
21 34 UNIT Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:26.8083
22 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 44 39:27.2733
23 4 SCT Motor Sports Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:27.8688
24 22 Team SYDNEY Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 44 39:30.8933

Fastest lap (bonus): Chaz Mostert 0:51.7604, Lap 17

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 865
2 Jamie Whincup 726
3 Chaz Mostert 700
4 Cameron Waters 663
5 Will Davison 623
6 Mark Winterbottom 587
7 David Reynolds 474
8 Anton De Pasquale 462
9 Nick Percat 439
10 Brodie Kostecki 437
11 Andre Heimgartner 430
12 William Brown 430
13 Scott Pye 428
14 Todd Hazelwood 395
15 Jack Le Brocq 392
16 James Courtney 380
17 Bryce Fullwood 379
18 Zane Goddard 350
19 Jake Kostecki 332
20 Fabian Coulthard 268
21 Tim Slade 264
22 Jack Smith 246
23 Macauley Jones 226
24 Garry Jacobson 221

Teams’ championship

Pos Car(s) Team Pts
1 88 97   Triple Eight Race Engineering 1591
2 11 17 100 Dick Johnson Racing 1085
3 2 25   Walkinshaw Andretti United 1043
4 6 44   Tickford Racing 1043
5 18 20   Team 18 1015
6 7 26   Kelly Grove Racing 904
7 9 99   Erebus Motorsport 867
8 8 14   Brad Jones Racing 834
9 34 35   Matt Stone Racing 682
10 19 22   Team Sydney 489
11 4 96   Brad Jones Racing 472
12 5     Tickford Racing 392
13 3     Blanchard Racing Team 264

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