Rookie sensation Chaz Mostert wants his 2014 V8 Supercars driving plans finalised by the Wilson Security Sandown 500.
The 21-year old has claimed a win and third place for Dick Johnson Racing at the last two events and has climbed to 18th in the Championship in his Wilson Security Ford Falcon FG II, despite giving his rivals a nine-race head start.
His form has attracted attention all along pitlane and there are multiple theories about just where he might land next year.
Mostert works at FPR’s Campbellfield race shop during the week and has a contract with the factory squad, but there are various options and clauses relating to its extension that mean he could shift teams and maybe even brands.
“This is probably the biggest thing I have been doing is thinking about that at the moment,” Mostert told v8supercars.com.au after his podium finish in Race 27 at the Winton 360.
“I am looking at all the possibilities and trying to work out what is best for me and what is best for all the people involved with me. At the end of the day we’ll sit down and have a hard think about it and scratch the head and we will work out what’s the best.”
Mostert could stay at DJR, which has strong FPR technical links. He could also swing into a Pepsi-Max, Bottle-O or Jeld-Wen Falcon depending on what happens with current seat occupants Will Davison, David Reynolds and Alex Davison.
He might also be ‘loaned’ out to another team by FPR boss Tim Edwards if he cannot be accommodated within the Ford structure.
Complicating all this is the wait to see whether Ford will continue its factory backing of FPR beyond 2013.
An alternative thought to be less likely, but one Mostert has been linked to, is the Walkinshaw Racing-run Supercheap Auto Holden Commodore VF being vacated by Russell Ingall.
“I would love to get something away by the next month, but anything later than that is just going to be a stretch out,” said Mostert. “Hopefully getting something done before Sandown would be really nice, so I can get into the enduros and work out what direction I am going.
“For a young driver who is paying rent, wherever you are is a pretty hard thing to organise if it is getting late in the year. So the sooner the better and we’ll see where we end up.”
Mostert said he had been able to lock out the pitlane chatter about his future last weekend because he had gone through a similar experience when driving in the Dunlop Series at Winton last November when he was being touted for a main game seat.
“I probably took it a bit differently and it didn’t work out for me and I had one of my worst rounds here,” Mostert recalled. “It is a good thing I had this experience last year and you just have to go out there and enjoy it, put all that stuff behind you, let your management people look after that side of the business so you can enjoy what you love and try and get good results.”
Mostert will team with leading Dunlop Series driver Dale Wood for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup and in this most open of V8 Supercars Championship, with 12 drivers having won races and nine drivers within 245 points of title leader Jamie Whincup, they can’t be discounted for strong results.
“Dale is doing a brilliant job in the Dunlop Series at the moment,” Mostert said. “I am really lucky to have him as my co-driver and he has done a few of these Bathurst 1000s and enduros, so I am sure I will be learning as much off him as I can going into the enduros.
“We will see where we end up. It’s a long day and you have to be there right at the end.”