Chaz Mostert is confident that there’s plenty more speed to come from Prodrive this season as it works to keep pace with Shell V-Power Racing and the Red Bull HRT.
The Supercheap Ford driver slipped from third to equal fourth in the standings at the weekend as Shell’s Scott McLaughlin and Red Bull’s Jamie Whincup scored podiums on both days.
Mostert improved his car throughout the weekend to record a sixth on Saturday and a fine second on Sunday, which came after only narrowly missing out on pole to McLaughlin.
Encouragingly for Prodrive, Mark Winterbottom backed up his strong Phillip Island form with a fifth and a fourth, having almost missed out on the Sunday pole by just over 0.05s.
After reuniting with engineer Adam De Borre, Mostert has been quick at every event so far this season and is hopeful that mid-season upgrades will keep him in the thick of the title fight.
“We are just starting to find a base with our car,” said Mostert.
“We still have to do a bit more work with it yet and there is a lot of stuff inside the team we have to work on as well.
“We haven’t really got anything new into the car yet, we are still trying to work on some things for another couple of rounds’ time.
“In saying that, we are just trying to do the best job we can with the package we have at the moment.
“The boys worked pretty hard on Saturday night,” he added.
“We did some big changes with the car and got the car back feeling today for qualifying a bit more where it has kind of made sense in the last couple of rounds.”
Mostert is determined to make consistency the hallmark of his year, which currently sees the top five drivers separated by just 31 points.
“These guys are punching right up there and are there every weekend but if we get all our one percenters we can be there as well,” he said.
“We got a win at Phillip Island, may have been a bit different with how the tyres worked out, but we had a strong second today and felt quite competitive out there.
“Like I said we have a lot of work to do, but how quickly we can gain that little bit we are missing from these guys, we will see how we go around enduro time.
“At the moment we just have to keep being consistent, finish well in that top five, and see how we go.”