Dunlop Super2’s Brodie Kostecki scores two podiums in BP Supercars All Stars Eseries
Dunlop Super2 young gun Brodie Kostecki, the co-driver of Penrite Racing’s Anton De Pasquale, narrowly missed top honours as he joined round 3 of the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries as a wildcard entry at Mount Panorama Wednesday night.
WATCH: McLAUGHLIN VS. KOSTECKI: A BATTLE TO THE FINISH LINE
Kostecki, an experienced sim racer, overtook Scott McLaughlin on the final corner of Race 10 to cross the finish line in first place, with McLaughlin and 888’s Shane van Gisbergen rounding out the top three, before a review prompted a change up.
“I got a mysterious punt at the end mate, what went on there?” McLaughlin asked Kostecki during the post-race interviews.
The banter was quickly interrupted by breaking news that saw Driving Standards Observer Craig Baird rule there’d been contact between the pair, resulting in a podium shuffle with McLaughlin in 1st, Kostecki in 2nd, Shane van Gisbergen in 3rd and Monster Energy’s Cam Waters in 4th.
“It always gets dumped on me but at the end of the day there was contact there so Scotty is declared the winner,” Baird confirmed, with 150 points being added to McLaughlin’s total for the Eseries, and $1,000 being donated to his chosen charity, Camp Quality.
Arguably Australia’s favourite racetrack, the virtual Bathurst round was just as drama packed as the real thing, with track carnage featuring heavily in the three races of the night.
The opening race saw Shane Van Gisbergen take the early lead, after starting on pole alongside Brodie Kostecki, with Anton De Pasquale and Chaz Mostert on the second row.
Van Gisbergen managed to stay at the front of the pack for the 8-lap race, taking line honours ahead of Brodie Kostecki in 2nd, Anton De Pasquale in 3rd and Kostecki’s Super2 wildcard counterpart, Thomas Randle in 4th place.
In race 9, a reverse grid format saw the race 8 back end finishers take up positions at the front, with Fabian Coulthard in pole position. Coulthard led the race from start to finish, crossing the line first with Waters, Will Davison and McLaughlin rounding out the top 4.
The night didn’t quite go to plan for Team Penske’s wildcard entry, IndyCar star Will Power, who got caught up in the carnage to finish 6th in race 8, 11th in race 9 and 10th in the final race of the evening.
Former Supercars driver, Swiss born Simona de Silvestro, was equally unlucky, finishing close to the back of the pack in each race.
Series leader McLaughlin said he enjoyed racing alongside the up and coming Super2 driver who narrowly missed glory on the final stretch.
“It was a good battle, I had so much fun.
“Brodie’s been quick all week - I knew I was going to have my work cut out there.”
Walking away with two second place finishes for the night, Kostecki heaped praise on the virtual series, as the ongoing Coronavirus situation resulted in delays to on track racing.
“I’m glad it’s entertaining to watch because it’s really good to race with Shane and Scotty – we do this a bit when we have the time and we’ve been wanting a race like this so it was great to have it play out the way it did.
“It was great to be a part of it,” he said.
After round 3 of the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries, McLaughlin is on top with 759 points; 86 points ahead of Waters, with van Gisbergen rounding out the top three on 659 points.
The fourth round of the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries will see drivers race, virtually, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, as well as NASCAR regular track Watkins Glen.
Qualifying for the fourth round will begin next Wednesday night at 6:00pm AEST and will be broadcast exclusively on Fox Sports 506 before racing begins at 7:00pm.
From 7:00pm, racing will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506, Kayo, Sky Sports (NZ) and 10 Play. Online fans from around the globe can watch races via Supercars’ Facebook Page and Supercars’ Teams Facebook Pages.