Mostert, Waters discuss 'dodgem car' Race 10 incident

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 09/05/2021
  • By James Pavey

Chaz Mostert was frustrated by the “dodgem cars” incident which also wiped out fellow title rival Cameron Waters in Race 10.

The first Sunday race at the OTR SuperSprint exploded into life at the exit of Turn 5 on the opening lap, with Andre Heimgartner forcing Tim Slade wide.

Slade moved back onto the racing line, forcing Mostert left into Cameron Waters.

The right-rear wheel was plucked out of the Waters car, sending the #6 Monster Energy Mustang spinning into Slade.

It triggered a melee in the pack, with several cars taking avoiding action after Brodie Kostecki, David Reynolds and Nick Percat made contact.

Both Waters and Mostert returned to the lane, and both failed to be classified in the race despite valiant efforts from their respective Tickford and Walkinshaw Andretti United crews.

Mostert returned to the race and managed to set a quick time, but being unable to complete 75 per cent of the race distance, he was called into the garage to retire.

WATCH: ALL ANGLES OF RACE 10 FIRST-LAP CHAOS

"I didn’t really know I was at a carnival to be honest,” Mostert said.

"I thought we were racing Supercars, not dodgem cars.

"It was chaos, everyone really didn’t care about tearing up gear, they just wanted to push cars off and try to wrestle for positions in the early spots.

"I guess that’s our racing at the moment.

Stewards deemed there would be no further action taken over the incident.

Explaining his view of the incident, Mostert said: "I was behind Sladey, I tried to jam it up on the inside of him and pushed him off, so I had a car on my right watching him come back on an angle thinking he was going to shunt into me.

"As I went left to miss him obviously found Cam somewhere up the inside.

WATCH: MOSTERT DISCUSSES RACE 10 DRAMA

"To be honest I have no idea what’s going on there were cars left right and centre.

"And it probably just paid to be on the far inside… I was on the wrong side of the track."

Mostert dropped 228 points behind championship leader Shane van Gisbergen, who finished third behind race winner Anton De Pasquale.

Waters is now fifth, 277 points adrift of van Gisbergen.

"I got beside Chaz and I kind of cleared him I thought I was all good,” Waters said.

"Obviously Sladey was coming on and Chaz probably overreacted a little bit to Slade coming on and tagged me.

WATCH: WATERS FRUSTRATED BY RACE 10 INCIDENT

"It’s a bit of racing, but it’s a little frustrating it's always Chaz and I.

"The boys will fix her up and we will make sure we have a straight fast car for this next one and hopefully we can bag some points, because this will hurt our points a little bit.

“Really, really impressive I had the wheel hanging off it, so they did a mega job to nearly get me out there, but just missed out.

“The focus is now to get it straight and get ready for the next race.”

The Repco Supercars Championship field will return for Race 11 at 4:10pm AEST. Check out the full weekend schedule here.

The OTR SuperSprint will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo with highlights on 7 and 7 Plus.

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