Mostert wins wild race of tyre attrition, SVG 23rd to third

Chaz Mostert leads David Reynolds during Race 6. Picture: Ross Gibb

Mobil 1 Optus Racing’s Chaz Mostert has romped home to a commanding Race 6 win in a wild 20-lap affair punctuated by tyre attrition.

Although the expectation going into the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 was that tyre degradation wouldn’t be extreme considering the new surface, delamination proved to be a major issue.

Mostert, who started third and made quick work of pole-sitter David Reynolds, romped home to an eight-second win over the Penrite Racing driver.

Repco Supercars Championship points leader Shane van Gisbergen executed a man of the match performance, climbing 20 places to third.

On the grid, there were 12 who started on the soft compound tyre and 13 on the hard compound.

From pole position, Reynolds (#26 Penrite Racing) started on the soft as well as Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing) in third, Nick Percat (#2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing) in sixth, and Macauley Jones (#96 from eighth.

From the clean side of the road, Reynolds got the jump. Mostert followed suit, sweeping around the outside into Turn 1 to take second place away from Anton De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Racing Team).

Percat looked to make hay with his soft tyres, lunging down the inside of Davison into Turn 3. The 2011 Bathurst 1000 winner sent smoke signals as he locked up, trying to arrest his car.

At the end of Lap 1, it was Reynolds from Mostert, De Pasquale, Percat, Jones, Davison, Lee Holdsworth (#10 Penrite Racing), Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Racing), Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Racing), and Tim Slade (#3 CoolDrive Racing) the top 10.

At the start-finish line, Percat passed De Pasquale for third, putting the soft runners one, two, and three.

Van Gisbergen made early headway, rising from 23rd to 16th at the end of Lap 1. He continued that charge, muscling his way around the outside James Courtney (#500 Flex Power Tools) and Will Brown (#9 Boost Mobile) to 14th.

Brodie Kostecki (#99 Boost Mobile), Thomas Randle (#55 Castrol Racing), and Todd Hazelwood (#35 Truck Assist Racing) were the first to blink and pit at the end of Lap 2 for their compulsory pit stop.

Reynolds soon found himself under pressure from Mostert, and come Lap 3, the rear gunner sought to go down the inside at the penultimate corner.

Although the Penrite-backed racer looked to have the pass covered, he soon lost the rear of his car at the final turn and opened the door for Mostert to make his way through.

Davison, Brown, Courtney, Jack Smith (#4 SCT Racing), and Jake Kostecki (#56 Tradie Racing) pitted on Lap 3. One lap later, and De Pasquale followed suit with Scott Pye (#20 Hino) in tow.

Reynolds continued to haemorrhage positions early on, this time losing out to Percat on Lap 6. By Lap 7, Jones had rounded him up at Turn 11, as did Slade. By the end of the lap, Reynolds made his way to the pits behind Mostert.

Having pitted early, De Pasquale and Davison executed an undercut, usurping Mostert to sit one and two.

Percat, Jones, van Gisbergen, and surprise performer Garry Jacobson (#76 Subway Racing) came to the lane on Lap 8.

Winterbottom, Broc Feeney (#88 Red Bull Ampol Racing), and Bryce Fullwood (#14 Middy’s Racing) pitted as the halfway mark approached, leaving just Slade to pit. With 10 laps to go, Slade came to the lane.

With the pit stop sequence cycled through, De Pasquale led Davison to the tune of 1.8s.

Mostert was third, Brodie Kostecki fourth, and Holdsworth fifth with the top 10 completed by Waters, Reynolds, Brown, Jones, and Percat.

Van Gisbergen continued his assault, passing Slade and Brown on Lap 11.

Brown and Hazelwood both pitted on Lap 11 for another set of tyres and set off a chain reaction of drivers who would pit twice during the 20-lapper.

Such was the punishment for the soft tyre, Mostert soon found himself under the rear wing of Davison for second. That pass would come to fruition at the penultimate corner with nine laps remaining.

The race came to a head with seven laps to go when Mostert walked up to the rear of De Pasquale. By Turn 11, the pass was done and the lead was Mostert’s again.

Several drivers worked themselves out of contention by having to perform a second pit stop.

The fight for fifth on the road began to heat up, headed initially by Jones. However, Percat and van Gisbergen soon found their way through.

Drama struck with four laps remaining when De Pasquale’s left front let go into Turn 1, resulting in the #11 skating through the gravel.

Whilst squabbling amongst themselves, Percat and van Gisbegren came upon Davison at the high speed Turn 9.

In doing so, van Gisbergen got by Percat, casting Davison wide who understeered into the grass. Moments later and he was called into the pits.

Ultimately, Mostert would cruise across the line to take victory. Reynolds was second despite a late challenge from van Gisbergen.

Slade took fourth, ahead of Percat and Jones, who secured a career-best solo result in sixth. A little further back, Jacobson (ninth) took the first top 10 result for PremiAir Racing.

DJR duo Davison and De Pasquale were left to come home in 16th and 23rd, respectively.

Supercars return to the track tomorrow for Race 7 from 10:25 AEST.

Results: Race 6

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Diff
1 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden ZB Commodore
2 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT +7.6838
3 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden ZB Commodore +9.4731
4 3 CoolDrive Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT +11.1534
5 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden ZB Commodore +13.0285
6 96 Macauley Jones Holden ZB Commodore +17.9486
7 18 Irwin Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden ZB Commodore +18.2434
8 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden ZB Commodore +24.7155
9 76 PremiAir Subway Racing Garry Jacobson Holden ZB Commodore +29.4764
10 14 Middy’s Electrical Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden ZB Commodore +31.5081
11 20 Hino Racing Scott Pye Holden ZB Commodore +49.1996
12 4 SCT Logistics Racing Jack Smith Holden ZB Commodore +55.4774
13 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden ZB Commodore +1:01.4965
14 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden ZB Commodore +1:04.6616
15 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT +1:05.5301
16 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT +1:05.9576
17 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Will Brown Holden ZB Commodore +1:12.7419
18 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT +1:14.6544
19 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden ZB Commodore +1:23.7322
20 500 Flex Power Tools James Courtney Ford Mustang GT +1:24.7140
21 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT +1:26.0519
22 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT +1:38.8105
23 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT +1 lap
24 22 PremiAir Coca-Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden ZB Commodore +4 laps
25 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden ZB Commodore +4 laps

Note 1: No fastest lap bonus points awarded as Will Brown finished outside the top 15
Note 2: 15-second post-race penalty applied to Car #56

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 626
2 Anton De Pasquale 513
3 Chaz Mostert 492
4 Will Davison 468
5 Broc Feeney 427
6 Brodie Kostecki 420
7 Cameron Waters 407
8 David Reynolds 380
9 Tim Slade 366
10 Will Brown 343
11 Mark Winterbottom 340
12 Todd Hazelwood 328
13 James Courtney 316
14 Nick Percat 315
15 Andre Heimgartner 287
16 Lee Holdsworth 272
17 Scott Pye 268
18 Bryce Fullwood 258
19 Jack Smith 241
20 Macauley Jones 234
21 Chris Pither 209
22 Thomas Randle 201
23 Jake Kostecki 173
24 Garry Jacobson 161
25 Jack Le Brocq 144

Teams’ championship

Pos Car(s) Team Pts
1 88 97 Triple Eight Race Engineering 1053
2 11 17 Dick Johnson Racing 981
3 2 25 Walkinshaw Andretti United 777
4 9 99 Erebus Motorsport 763
5 5 6 Tickford Racing 723
6 10 26 Grove Racing 652
7 18 20 Team 18 608
8 8 14 Brad Jones Racing 545
9 4 96 Brad Jones Racing 475
10 34 35 Matt Stone Racing 472
11 55 56 Tickford Racing 374
12 22 76 PremiAir Racing 370
13 3 Blanchard Racing Team 366

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