HON LEUT Chaz Mostert grabs Top 10 in last lap thriller

Published on LCDR Don Hogarth (author)

Location(s): Townsville, QLD

Topic(s): Team Navy, V8 Supercars

#12 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon driven by Chaz Mostert.

#12 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon driven by Chaz Mostert.

The first of two 200km races making up the Sucrogen Townsville 400 has delivered another Top 10 result for Dick Johnson Racing (DJR). Chaz Mostert grabbed the position in the run to the chequered flag passing David Reynolds on the line.

It was a great reward for the Wilson Security team and continues the team’s upward performance this season.

As pit stops rolled out, the various teams’ strategies became apparent. For DJR it was important to get Chaz back in the mix after his stop with Garth Tander and Alex Davison to ensure his track position was maintained.

Chaz was now chasing down Dave Reynolds and Scott McLaughlin, passing the young Kiwi on Lap 63. He then targeted Reynolds and with engineer Adam de Borre telling him he could catch the #55 Falcon, Mostert did so beating him by 2/10ths of a second. The result delivered Chaz another Top 10 in only his fourth V8 Supercars Championship round.

“I was struggling a bit in the middle of the race as my Cool Suit had given up not long after the start. I came good towards the end but ran out of water trying to keep cool. I was trying pretty hard and I don’t think I had much left in the tank. The guys in front were along way up the road and doing a great job. I had Adam telling me that if I could maintain a target lap time each lap I would catch Reynolds so I thought I'd rather try and really push to the end and if I lost a few spots so be it. It worked out really well. The Wilson Security Falcon came on strong and grabbing 10th on the line was a cool result.”

In the second 200km race on Sunday Chaz posted a 13th place finish after a gruelling day’s racing.

“Looking at the times after the race, a two stop strategy was the go today. Some of the guys that did this had strong top 10 finishes. For us, we had decided to go on the one stop I was pretty happy and knowing I had the pace to run in the Top 10 was pleasing. We did 40 laps on the softs and the car set up was good to last that long. Overall a good weekend for the Wilson Security.”