Mostert leads WAU one-two in chaotic Race 33 in Adelaide

Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert has spearheaded an emotional one-two victory for Walkinshaw Andretti United in a chaotic Race 33 of the Supercars Championship at the Valo Adelaide 500.

With the WAU ZB Commodores running in an early-1990s Holden Racing Team livery as a farewell to the Lion marque, Mostert prevailed over team-mate Nick Percat by 1.9795s after filtering to the front upon the second Safety Car restart on Lap 52 of 78.

James Courtney rounded out the podium, while Tickford Racing team-mate Cameron Waters claimed only 13th after copping a penalty for a driving infringement and another would-be victor, Team 18’s Scott Pye, failed to finish when he incurred damage while trying to pass Bryce Fullwood during a particularly frantic period.

Champion-elect Shane van Gisbergen had a horror show, dropping almost all the way back to last when he had a mid-race run-in with Mostert, before crashing on his own at Turn 11 and ultimately coming home 13 laps down in 20th in a battered #1 ZB Commodore.

When the lights went out, Scott Pye (#20 Toyota Forklifts ZB Commodore) got a good launch but was forced into the motocross run through Senna Chicane given pole-sitter Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) hung on to the lead courtesy of the inside line at Turn 1.

Anton De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Mustang), Courtney (#5 Snowy River Caravans Mustang), and Andre Heimgartner (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore) ran third through fifth, with Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Optus ZB Commodore) taking sixth on Lap 7 when James Golding (#31 Subway ZB Commodore) hit the wall at Turn 8 and lost power steering.

Van Gisbergen (#1 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore) was picking his way through the field after qualifying last, despite complaining that his “front bar [was] failing.”

The champion-elect was 10th when he passed Todd Hazelwood (#35 Truck Assist ZB Commodore) at Turn 9 on Lap 11, albeit a couple of positions or so further back on effective terms due to pit strategy,

Courtney was third when he overtook De Pasquale on Lap 12, but the Dick Johnson Racing driver reclaimed the place on Lap 16, by which time they were eight seconds in arrears of Pye.

Courtney pitted on Lap 17 and De Pasquale on Lap 18, as Waters ran two seconds up on Pye.

The figure was 2.7s when Pye pitted on Lap 24, before Mostert stopped on Lap 25.

Waters and Heimgartner were into the lane on Lap 26, the former almost matching Pye’s 64-litre fill and resuming just in front of Car #20, hence still effectively leading.

He nearly threw it away when he understeered and incurred a reasonable hit with the tyre barrier at Turn 11 on his out lap, before Pye had to make a big save when he kicked up the dirt two corners later while right behind the #6 Mustang.

Van Gisbergen pitted from the official lead on Lap 30, at which time it was revealed that Car #1 had its front anti-roll bar going soft, so Triple Eight Race Engineering used the stop to lock it in place.

With that, the first cycle was done, and Waters led by about 1.6s from Pye, then De Pasquale, Courtney, and Heimgartner.

Mostert sat sixth having just passed Davison for a second time, at Turn 9, after redressing a bump slightly earlier, while van Gisbergen was 11th.

Mostert gained another spot on Lap 36 when he lunged Heimgartner at Turn 9, before a Safety Car was called on Lap 38 in response to Jack Le Brocq burying the #34 Truck Assist ZB Commodore into the tyre wall at Turn 11.

Chris Pither (#22 Coca-Cola ZB Commodore) and Lee Holdsworth (#10 Penrite Mustang) stayed out but everyone else pitted, meaning Waters resumed in third, from Pye, De Pasquale, Mostert, van Gisbergen, Heimgartner, Brodie Kostecki (#99 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore) and Davison, who had stacked.

The restart came on Lap 41, at which point van Gisbergen’s hopes of victory copped a major blow.

He tried to round up Mostert at Turn 6 but contact with Car #25 sent #1 wide, and van Gisbergen plummeted to 21st again.

The incident was reviewed and officials decided to take no further action, which was not the only good news for the WAU pilot.

It emerged that he and Percat (#2 Mobil 1 NTI ZB Commodore) had met the 140-litre fill requirement, as had Courtney, but they still needed to save fuel in order to make it to the chequers without pitting again.

Holdsworth passed Pither for the official lead at Turn 9 on Lap 44 and Waters nearly nailed Car #22, allowing Pye to close in again.

Waters cleared Pither a lap later, and was finally back in first position when he got under Holdsworth on Lap 48.

Van Gisbergen’s afternoon got even worse when he headbutted the tyre wall at Turn 11.

While he was able to reverse out of there eventually, the incident had already triggered a Safety Car on Lap 50 which changed the complexion of the race again.

Waters, Pye, and Holdsworth pitted, in that order, leaving De Pasquale out in front.

However, the latter also needed fuel and the DJR crew would subsequently be seen hanging a pitboard out instructing #11 to pit, suggesting radio dramas.

He did indeed peel off as the race restarted on Lap 52, handing the lead to Mostert, but the Safety Car was called again within a lap due to dramas involving Waters.

The first was lunging Macauley Jones (#96 TRG Transport ZB Commodore) for sixth at Turn 4 but running wide, and the second was unloading Hazelwood at the very next corner, with the Matt Stone Racing entry then hit by Will Brown (#9 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore).

The net result of all of that was Mostert leading Heimgartner, Percat, Courtney, Fullwood (#14 Middy’s ZB Commodore), Jones, Pye, Brodie Kostecki, Waters in ninth, and Tim Slade (#3 CoolDrive Mustang), with De Pasquale 18th.

Importantly, the Safety Cars removed the fuel concern for the likes of Mostert and Percat, meaning all were free to blaze to the end.

However, Mostert made a hash of the exit from Turn 14 when the green flags flew again at the end of Lap 56 and Heimgartner challenged.

Mostert would not give up the spot, forcing Heimgartner over the kerbs at Senna Chicane before the Brad Jones Racing driver ran wide at Turn 5 and Percat passed him for second.

Courtney then got Car #8 for third on Lap 58 at Turn 4 and, despite Fullwood’s best efforts to help his team-mate, Heimgartner was freight-trained to the back of the top 10.

Pye used that as an opportunity to dive at Fullwood at Turn 9, where they made side-to-side contact which caused the former a power steering failure and the latter a drive-through penalty.

Brodie Kostecki assumed fourth, from Slade, Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore), Davison, Broc Feeney (#88 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore), and Heimgartner, the latter of whom was said to be battling with a cramp.

Waters was out of the picture so far as a decent result was concerned given he too had copped a drive-through, for the incident with Hazelwood.

Mostert stretched his lead over Percat beyond three seconds on Lap 64, as former Walkinshaw HRT driver Courtney stalked Car #2.

The margin between first and second continued to ebb and flow before, another nervous moment or two notwithstanding, the 2021 Bathurst 1000 winner clinched yet another big victory for WAU.

Behind Percat and Courtney at the finish was Brodie Kostecki in fourth, then Slade, Winterbottom, and Davison.

Feeney had passed Davison for seventh in the final stint but gave up the spot when he chucked it off the road at Turn 14 on Lap 76 and ended up back in eighth, ahead of Heimgartner and Holdsworth, while De Pasquale finished 14th.

Qualifying for Race 34 starts tomorrow at 10:50 local time/11:20 AEDT, then another Top 10 Shootout at 12:05 local time/12:35 AEDT.

Results: Race 33, Valo Adelaide 500 Updated

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:11.4097
2 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:13.3892
3 5 Snowy River Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 78 1:54:14.1048
4 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:15.9059
5 3 CoolDrive Auto Parts Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 78 1:54:17.1721
6 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:19.3517
7 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 78 1:54:24.6674
8 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:25.7009
9 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:27.0544
10 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 78 1:54:27.6068
11 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 78 1:54:30.3307
12 96 TRG Transport Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:54:31.1734
13 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 78 1:54:33.6216
14 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 78 1:54:40.3616
15 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 78 1:54:41.7391
16 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 78 1:54:42.2652
17 14 Middy’s Electrical Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 78 1:55:03.6650
18 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 75 1:55:07.7495
19 22 PremiAir Coca Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 71 1:54:55.9481
20 1 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 65 1:55:09.8936
21 4 SCT Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 61 1:55:03.1417
22 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 61 1:55:53.2870
NC 20 Toyota Forklifts Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 57 1:25:48.2676
NC 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 52 1:15:44.2563
NC 31 Subway PremiAir Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 11 1:44:32.3219

Update: Car #9 22sec penalty

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 3427
2 Cameron Waters 2788
3 Chaz Mostert 2697
4 Will Davison 2525
5 Anton De Pasquale 2470
6 Broc Feeney 2227
7 David Reynolds 2072
8 Brodie Kostecki 2052
9 Mark Winterbottom 1837
10 Tim Slade 1789
11 Andre Heimgartner 1766
12 James Courtney 1694
13 Lee Holdsworth 1650
14 William Brown 1612
15 Nick Percat 1574
16 Scott Pye 1449
17 Bryce Fullwood 1383
18 Todd Hazelwood 1303
19 Macauley Jones 1243
20 Jack Le Brocq 1237
21 Chris Pither 1200
22 Jake Kostecki 1192
23 Thomas Randle 1105
24 Jack Smith 1009
25 James Golding 630
26 Garry Jacobson 513
27 Garth Tander 300
28 Jordan Boys 300
29 Fabian Coulthard 276
30 James Moffat 258
31 David Russell 240
32 Jayden Ojeda 240
33 Jamie Whincup 222
34 Matthew Payne 204
35 Tony D’Alberto 192
36 Declan Fraser 180
37 Craig Lowndes 180
38 Dean Fiore 168
39 Zak Best 162
40 Jack Perkins 156
41 Greg Murphy 144
42 Richie Stanaway 144
43 Dylan O’Keeffe 138
44 Aaron Seton 126
45 Michael Caruso 120
46 Tyler Everingham 114
47 Kurt Kostecki 108
48 Matthew Chahda 102
49 Jaylyn Robotham 102
50 Tim Blanchard 96
51 Cameron Hill 84
52 Warren Luff 78
53 Alex Davison 0
54 Jaxon Evans 0
55 Zane Goddard 0
56 Dale Wood 0
57 Matt Campbell 0

Teams’ championship

Pos Car(s) Team Pts
1 1 88 (97) Triple Eight Race Engineering 5654
2 11 17 (100) Dick Johnson Racing 4995
3 5 6 (50) (500) Tickford Racing 4482
4 2 25 Walkinshaw Andretti United 4241
5 10 26 (500) Grove Racing 3722
6 9 99 Erebus Motorsport 3664
7 18 20 Team 18 3266
8 8 14 Brad Jones Racing 3149
9 34 35 Matt Stone Racing 2490
10 22 31 (76) PremiAir Racing 2283
11 55 56 Tickford Racing 2267
12 4 96 Brad Jones Racing 2252
13 3 Blanchard Racing Team 1789
14 888 Triple Eight Race Engineering 180
15 49 Image Racing 168
16 78 Tickford Racing 162
17 27 Walkinshaw Andretti United 150
18 51 Erebus Motorsport 144
19 118 Matt Chahda Motorsport 102

 

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