Mostert confident with street circuit inroads

09 Nov 2022
WAU star took Albert Park wins, Surfers podiums
2 mins by James Pavey

Having impressed on street circuits this season, Chaz Mostert is armed to "have a crack" in Adelaide.

The Walkinshaw Andretti United driver has recorded strong results on street circuits in 2022.

The Queenslander won two races at Albert Park, and battled to finishes of ninth and fifth in Townsville.

WAU turned it around on the Gold Coast, with Mostert taking home two surfboards.

Mostert's average street circuit finish of 6.0 is only bettered by Shane van Gisbergen’s 3.625.

In fact, van Gisbergen (six wins) and Mostert (two) are the only drivers to have won on street circuits in 2022.

Mostert’s average could have been as low as 3.75, but is hurt by his 22nd in the second Albert Park race.

The WAU driver crossed the line fourth in Race 7, but was handed a post-race penalty after a clash with James Courtney.

Mostert won the first street race of the year

Van Gisbergen also dropped from second to 20th in the Albert Park finale due to a late-race tyre failure.

Without the failure, the champion-elect’s average could be as low as 1.375.

Will Davison (7.5) is third ahead of Tim Slade (7.625), David Reynolds (8.25) and Cam Waters (9.0).

Mostert is within striking distance of Waters’ second place in the championship, but suggested he’ll need to make more changes to catch van Gisbergen.

"We’re always changing things to try and close the gap, and try and be faster," he said.


"If we run the same car all the time, we’d find ourselves going further and further back.

"We’ll learn from this weekend, we made some good inroads on a street track.

"In saying that, we go to Adelaide and it’s a Hard tyre event. It’s different again from the Soft tyre and what the car requires.

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"We’ll see what set-up we roll out there and have a crack."

Mostert has never won in Adelaide, but has podium form; he finished second in 2015 and 2020, and third in 2016 and 2017.

A resurfaced circuit will encourage record lap times, and the heat will see drivers toil through the 250km races.

Mostert says the Gold Coast offered a dress rehearsal, considering drivers battled hot temperatures and tight confines at Surfers Paradise.

"It’s good Adelaide’s back on the calendar again, it’s definitely been missed,” he said.

"I'm glad we had this one [Gold Coast] up first.

"Adelaide, depending what the weather’s like, should be a little bit easier than what it was here with two 250km races.

"Around here was hard yakka."

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