Australia's greatest annual motorsport event, the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar race again had a significant Navy audience this year, supporting Honorary Lieutenant Chaz Mostert from Team Navy, racing in the Pepsi Max Ford Performance Racing (FPR) car.
Honorary Lieutenant Mostert, and co-driver Paul Morris, hauled their car from last on the grid to claim back-to-back Bathurst victories for FPR. Honorary Lieutenant Mostert took the lead on the final lap of a dramatic race. Considered long shots, they stayed relatively out of trouble to become the first drivers ever to win from last, after making a remarkable 13 pit stops.
Since 2011, Navy has an ongoing alliance with FPR, with technical sailors seconded to the team for a 12-month period to expand their technical skills.
While all the action was happening out on the track Team Navy members Leading Seaman Marine Technician Jordan Marchioni, Leading Seaman Marine Technician Daniel Green and Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Cameron Cummins worked feverishly in the pits and on pit lane. Team Navy Member Leading Seaman Marine Technician Nathan Martin was also working for FPR on the wild card entry Black Racing Falcon.
Lieutenant Commander Don Hogarth, Manager of Team Navy, said it was a proud moment to not only see the technical sailors meet the demands of the race day but to see Honorary Lieutenant Mostert on the podium again.
"Chaz has an incredible future ahead of him in motor racing and Team Navy continues to look forward to working with Ford Performance Racing,” he said.
Honorary Lieutenant Mostert was selected for the Honorary Rank due to his demonstrated values that are aligned with Navy.
“What a crazy, crazy day. For our team to go back-to-back is an incredible achievement and now we all want to come back for a hat-trick of wins next year. It is very emotional and I can’t wait to take the trophy home to our team and share this moment with everyone, " he said.
Team Navy also has alliances in BMX Racing, Offshore boat racing and with Surf Life Saving Australia.
For more information visit http://www.teamnavy.com.au and on Facebook at TeamNavy_RAN.