Being the son of a Supercars Hall of Famer, who ran the triple championship-winning Stone Brothers Racing outfit until 2012, Stone has had eyeballs on him since he commenced his journey as a team owner out of a one-car Super2 squad in 2011.
Stone congratulates Kostecki at Bathurst
Long-time advocates of young talent, having led Hazelwood to the 2017 Super2 title, MSR continues to punch above its weight, while remaining true to its current status as one of the smallest teams on the grid.
“Matt’s passionate, he wants the team to progress and eventually be fighting towards the front,” Goddard said.
“His dad and uncle ran such a successful team and he grew up in it, so he knows what it takes.
“He’s got a wealth of knowledge, even though he’s so young.
“We expanded to two cars last year, and have built up engineering, driving and team line-ups.
“He knows nothing happens overnight, but we’ve got the structures in place for it to work.”
Kostecki added: “Matt’s like me in a way; he grew up around motorsport, it’s something I love and it’s something I’ve always wanted to pursue.
“Matt’s hands-on, whether that’s being a mechanic, or being on the sidelines, even being a tyre guy.
"I think sharing the car last year has accelerated our progress."
“He can do anything, and when he’s in good spirits, he keeps us motivated and he also believes we’re all on the right track.
“In Supercars, you have to have a good environment around you to go well, and everyone must be heading in the same direction.
“We all understand that it takes time; we are a new team relative to the others.
“This isn’t a game where you can wake up, get to the track and win races. It’s a process.”
The Yatala-based team has needed to remain true to itself and remain united; only recently, MSR staff hit the road in the wake of the snap lockdown in Brisbane, in scenes reminiscent of the border dashes during 2020.
Through it all, MSR remains a race team first; results are the primary commodity, and while they may currently appear a premium, its young drivers are staying loyal to the challenges the main game provides.
“Everyone gets on really well at the team,” Goddard said.
“We spent so much time on the road last year, and even recently when we were on the road when everything flared up in Brisbane, there was such great team bonding.
Kostecki leads Goddard at Sandown
“Everyone has such good banter, but when we’re at the track, there’s one goal, and that’s to do the best we can.
“We’re all on the same page, we all want to do well.”
Kostecki added: “I always knew I could do it. I’ve always believed in myself.
“In this sport, it’s so tough; it’s not like you’re playing footy, and you’re playing one team and you have a 50/50 chance.
“You’re taking on 23 other guys, all trying to get the same result.
“You shouldn’t arrive at the track thinking you’re going to come last; that doesn’t interest me.
“I know it’s only a matter of time, and I just want to get all of my ducks in a row.”
Kostecki and Goddard are 18th and 19th in the standings respectively heading to next weekend’s Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint.