Mostert gets first win for WAU
Sunday 18th April, 2021 - 5:21pm
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.
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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
|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
|1||Shane van Gisbergen||865|
|8||Anton De Pasquale||462|
|15||Jack Le Brocq||392|
|1||88||97||Triple Eight Race Engineering||1591|
|2||11||17||100||Dick Johnson Racing||1085|
|3||2||25||Walkinshaw Andretti United||1043|
|6||7||26||Kelly Grove Racing||904|
|8||8||14||Brad Jones Racing||834|
|9||34||35||Matt Stone Racing||682|
|11||4||96||Brad Jones Racing||472|
|13||3||Blanchard Racing Team||264|