Mostert sets pace ahead of Shootout

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 12/10/2019
  • By Connor O'Brien

Chaz Mostert took top honours in final practice at Mount Panorama as ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout runners prepared for their shot at pole this afternoon.

Several drivers who qualified inside the top 10 in Friday afternoon’s wet session completed one-lap simulations in Practice 7 in the search for ultimate pace ahead of the 5:05pm Shootout.

Mostert’s Tickford Racing teammate Cameron Waters led the way for much of the 30-minute session on a 2:04.1305s.

Anton De Pasquale lowered that mark by a tenth before Waters dipped into the 3s with a 2:03.950s.

Scott McLaughlin went to the top late with a 2:03.6965, only for Mostert to go quickest on his final lap – 2:03.5089s.

That was less than three hundredths off McLaughlin’s record in Practice 5 yesterday and Mostert’s fastest ever lap of the Mountain.

In doing so, he became the sixth driver to achieve 2:03 lap at Bathurst, joining McLaughlin, Jamie Whincup, Waters, Will Davison and Andre Heimgartner.

“For me the car kept getting better. I think just learning how to drive it and get the most out of it is the biggest thing,” Mostert said.

“We’ve been working hard on the car in practice, it feels a bit better on full tanks than light tanks, so I’m hoping we’ve got a better race car than qualifying car.

“It’s just awesome to do a ‘three’. That’s pretty cool.

“I’m very lucky I get to do some BMW laps in the GT3 across here, I think that’s helped a lot with the Supercars getting faster and faster over the years.

“Even though you’re puckering up across the top, you’ve been that fast across the top in a different car before as well.”

The Practice 7 order ultimately read Mostert, McLaughlin, Waters, Shane van Gisbergen and Anton De Pasquale.

Whincup, Will Davison, Mark Winterbottom, Lee Holdsworth and Nick Percat completed a top 10 in which nine drivers will participate in the Shootout, Holdsworth being the exception.

The other Shootout driver, Tim Slade, was not far behind in 11th.

The Kostecki Brothers Racing car of Brodie and Jake Kostecki did not set a lap time, with the Commodore suffering a power steering issue.

“It’s better happening today than in the big race tomorrow,” said Jake Kostecki.

“It’s crucial these sessions, since we’re making our debut, we’re all pretty fresh, but tomorrow is a long race.”

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