Chaz Mostert "hungry" to score WAU's first Ford win
WAU is winless in 26 starts as a Blue Oval squad
Mostert, who won in Adelaide last year, topped Thursday practice
VAILO Adelaide 500 Thursday fast man Chaz Mostert is “hungry” to snag a first Ford victory for Walkinshaw Andretti United.
Mostert, who topped rain-affected Practice 1 on Thursday, is one of the form drivers in Adelaide, and has taken six podiums this season.
However, the 31-year-old has yet to arrive at victory lane, with his most recent win the emotional Adelaide victory 12 months ago.
WAU’s first season in the blue corner has shown glimpses of speed, but victory is the ultimate reward — and Mostert wants to get there for WAU, given their rivals already have.
Tickford Racing and Penrite Racing both won at the last start Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, with the Shell V-Power Racing Team victorious at the NTI Townsville 500.
“Last year was special, the whole event was special being Holden’s last one,” Mostert said.
“This year, it’s been awesome representing Ford, but some teams have finally got the tick with the win for their Ford team this year.
“Unfortunately for me and Nick, we’ve been very close plenty of times, but we haven’t been able to win.
“I think we’re more hungry for the win more to get our first win for Ford with WAU, more so than looking back at the history.”
Mostert has strong one-lap pace at Surfers Paradise, but battled with tyre life in the 250km races.
The two-time Bathurst winner has two more 250km races ahead in Adelaide, and with an eye on improving race pace, Mostert is keen to finish off the years strongly.
“You’re only as good as your last race… Gold Coast we had good qualifying speed, but our race car was a bit tricky. That’s been our focus this weekend,” he said.
“This event’s awesome, you always want to finish well here, because it gives you good hope going into next year.
"For us, we’re working pretty hard in the background. Hopefully we see if we’ve made some improvement this weekend."
Supercars will return to the track on Friday for Practice 2 at 12:35pm local time/1:05pm AEDT.
The run order for Saturday’s ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout will be decided in Qualifying at 5:35pm local time/6:05pm AEDT.