Chaz Mostert says delivering a trophy for co-driver James Moffat was the best part of his PIRTEK Enduro Cup redemption mission at the Penrite Oil Sandown 500.
The Supercheap Auto Racing star has endured a “nightmare” couple of rounds, taking himself and Tickford teammate Cameron Waters out of contention at Bathurst and then missing both Gold Coast races due to a heavy qualifying crash.
Things did not start well at Sandown either, with Moffat failing to finish the Saturday co-drivers race.
Mostert, however, climbed off the back of the grid in the second sprint race to place ninth, and then backed that up a day later to guide the #55 Mustang to be runners-up in the 500km event.
“It’s been an absolute nightmare of an enduro campaign for us,” Mostert said.
“For me, the best part about today and getting a trophy right at the end here is more for Moff.
“He’s kind of been on the wrong end of the stick because of the accidents we’ve had throughout this enduro campaign with myself and teammates and qualifying laps so today was awesome to be able to get a trophy for Moff and thank him for the year.”
Moffat, whose father Allan is a six-time Sandown winner, was quick to push the credit back towards Mostert.
“I’ve got to give Chazzie a shoulder massage. He carried me today, that’s for sure,” said the 35-year-old.
“He drove the absolute wheels off it.
“I had a real battle on my hands when I was in the car, I just struggled with the rear grip and the rear tyres going off.
“I wasn’t too confident when I first hopped out of the car where we might end up and then with about 50 laps to go it sort of looked like it was possibly coming towards us thanks to the pace he had in the car.
“A big thanks also to the team, to get two cars on the podium is a great reward for them.
“It’s nice that Chazzie and I were able to get another trophy together. It has been enjoyable working alongside him and he’s an absolute freak, so I’m just along for the ride.”
The upcoming Coates Hire Newcastle 500 is expected to be Mostert’s last round with Tickford before a mooted switch to Walkinshaw Andretti United in 2020.
Mostert also learnt on Sunday that he had been awarded pole position for last month’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 after penalties were handed to DJR Team Penske for an engine breach.
“It’s pretty good. Can’t wait to get home and call ARMOR ALL and get some dollars in the bank account,” he smiled.