Kostecki remains wary of SVG threat
Sunday 29th October, 2023 - 1:39pm
Brodie Kostecki is not discounting the threat of Supercars title rival Shane van Gisbergen despite the latter failing to record a Top 10 Shootout time on this occasion.
Repco Supercars Championship leader Kostecki secured a precious pole position for the third-last race of the season after breaching track limits in the shootout a day earlier at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500.
This time around, though, it was van Gisbergen who cut the Beach Chicane and hence was consigned to Row 5 on the Surfers Paradise starting grid.
He finished second in Race 25 while Kostecki climbed from 10th on the grid to fifth, a point which the latter alluded to after the one-lap dash.
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“We’re fighting for millimetres around here and, honestly, it’s pretty hard to see the kerbs in these cars because we sit a bit lower,” the Erebus Motorsport driver remarked.
“So, it’s very small mistakes, very big price, so we’ll see what happens.
“I got through to fifth in that last race and I have no doubt that he’ll come through in the race so we’ll see what happens.
“It’s still a big race this afternoon, so I still have to get it off the line, and we’ll see what happens, but I’m stoked with that and just want to thank my whole team.”
As for the 1:11.0118s which he set in the shootout, Kostecki declared, “That was probably the best lap of my career.
“There’s a lot on the line here this weekend and you’ve got to take a lot of risk to get the lap time out of the car.
“It wasn’t too shabby in qualifying, it was pretty sort of evil – I thought I was going to write it off at one point – but George [Commins, Race Engineer] got it tuned up quite nicely then for the heat and it was a dream to drive.
“So, stoked to be on the front row and we’ll see if we can get a jump off the start and see what happens there.”
If they finish where they start this afternoon, the margin would expand to 170 points.