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Lap-by-lap: Mostert's stunning 'redemption' drive

Supercars
15 Jun
Chaz Mostert made light work of the field in Darwin, moving up 17 positions
3 mins by James Pavey
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  • Chaz Mostert raced from 22nd to fifth in Race 11

  • Mostert just 0.4s behind pole-sitter James Golding

  • WAU star limited damage in championship leader

Chaz Mostert was man of the match in the betr Darwin Triple Crown opener, charging from 22nd to fifth in Saturday's 48-lapper.

The Walkinshaw Andretti United star had it all to do at Hidden Valley Raceway, but somehow managed to charge forward 17 positions after a disastrous Qualifying effort on Friday.

So, how did he do it?

Mostert motored from 22nd to 17th by the end of the first lap, and was 10th after the time the pit cycle go underway at lap 19. He dropped back down to 21st by the time he made his stop, but was in the frame for a top 10 once the pit cycle ended.

However, he picked off car after car to eventually be behind pole-sitter James Golding, falling short by just 0.4s by the time the chequered flag flew.

“I’m super gutted we didn't qualify very well now, car was really good in the race,” Mostert said after the race.

"We made up a lot of spots in the first stint, and then obviously just got the strategy right today as well.

"The car was pretty good. Raced guys really hard out there. There's probably a few guys that are probably a little bit annoyed with me. But my mirror folded in quite early in the early laps, I didn't really know where anyone was.

"So, I was trying to give as much room as I could, but no doubt I probably squeezed people pretty hard. But, it was great to reward the guys and girls here at WAU.

"That was a big redemption drive, but the car was pretty good too, and the stop was amazing. So the guys have been working extremely hard back in Melbourne.”

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Mostert was lucky to survive a clash with Ford rival Anton De Pasquale, which led to a collision that saw Cam Waters cop a penalty.

Critically, Mostert limited the damage to championship leader Will Brown, who was just two positions up the road in third, with Broc Feeney victorious.

When asked if he thought he could get to the top five, Mostert replied: "No, honestly, the goal, which I thought was unrealistic, was trying to get into the 10.

“Car felt pretty good. It looked like it had a bit better balance than some of the guys around me. Just trying to use it to my advantage, look after the best I can while generating lap time to go forward.

"I didn't have quite too much left for Jimmy, but I had to come from a long way back. So, pretty proud of the whole team.”

Track action will commence on Sunday with Boost Mobile Qualifying at 10:25am ACST/10:55am AEST, before the Boost Mobile Top Ten Shootout at 11:35am ACST/12:05pm AEST.

The final race of the weekend, the 48-lap Race 12, will get underway at 3:10pm ACST/3:40pm AEST.

Chaz Mostert in Race 11: Lap-by-lap chart

Lap

Position

1-3

17th

4-6

16th

7-8

15th

9-13

14th

14-16

13th

17

12th

18

11th

19-21

10th

22

7th

23

21st (pit stop)

24

21st

25

18th

26

17th

27

14th

28-29

13th

30

11th

31-32

10th

33-36

9th

37-38

8th

39

7th

40-43

6th

44-48

5th

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