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Sport Mostert rebounds from Supercars letdown

13:15  21 april  2017
13:15  21 april  2017 Source:

Supercars probe Phillip Island tyre chaos

  Supercars probe Phillip Island tyre chaos Nissan driver Rick Kelly says it was lucky no one was seriously hurt in a dramatic day of Supercars racing where almost half the field suffered tyre blow-outs.At least 11 drivers were impacted by 15 tyre blowouts in Saturday's shortened race.

Fabian Coulthard jumped pole-sitter Scott McLaughlin off the line to lead for much of the race, but was served a drive-through penalty for ignoring a red light on exit from pit lane. Mostert rebounds from Supercars letdown .

The weight of blowouts alone brought a lengthy safety car delay just to allow stewards to clean up pieces of rubber and debris from the track. In the garage, nervous team engineers chased answers as they reset their vehicles. Mostert rebounds from Supercars letdown .

Chaz Mostert says his team is happy to fly under the Supercars radar. © Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images Chaz Mostert says his team is happy to fly under the Supercars radar. Prodrive ace Chaz Mostert says returning to his 'happy place' has him well placed to rebound this weekend at Phillip Island after being left gutted by his last Supercars drive at Symmons Plains.

Mostert was on track for a drought-breaking win in Tasmania before a driving error allowed rivals DJR Team Penske to slip in and score a historic one-two result.

For Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin, it was a euphoric day, but Mostert was left fuming at throwing a victory away.

"I was gutted. I know how hard the team has been working in background and I was gutted for them," he said.

Coulthard wins Phillip Island Supercars

  Coulthard wins Phillip Island Supercars DJR Team Penske driver Fabian Coulthard has won the Supercars race at Phillip Island under great adversity.Despite suffering his own blowout, Fabian Coulthard's superior pace earned the DJR Team Penske man a race win to put him on top of the championship standings on a shambolic day.

As the defending Bathurst winner and second to team-mate Mark Winterbottom in the championship at the time, Mostert ’s Supercars career was temporarily halted by a major crash during qualifying at Mount Panorama in 2015.

Charles "Chaz" Mostert (born 10 April 1992) is an Australian professional racing driver competing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. He currently drives the No. 55 Ford FG X Falcon for Tickford Racing.

His response? - head for the Mountain.

Mostert drove in the Bathurst 6 Hour on his weekend between Supercars meets, at the site of his groundbreaking 2014 success in the 1000km classic.

He earned second place in a Ford Focus and said the drive helped to clear his head for a return to Supercars.

"It was good to get rid of that memory," he said.

"You're only as good as your last race and, my last race, we did well. And it's never a bad time to race at Bathurst.

"The Supercars races these days, every lap is a qualifier. You make one little mistake in tricky conditions and, instead of dropping one place, you drop six or seven.

"We'll be making sure not to repeat that on Phillip Island."

From the looks of things on Friday, the trip to Bathurst did the trick.

Supercars introduce rule to avoid blowouts

  Supercars introduce rule to avoid blowouts Prodrive Racing has claimed a sensational one-two result at Phillip Island in another Supercars race marred by tyre blowouts.Mostert beat fellow Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom home in the 250 kilometre race, which was again affected by tyre blowouts.

Ford's Chaz Mostert moves firmly into championship contention after victory at a sodden Surfers Paradise in the Supercars race.

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Dunlop Super 2 Series. Mostert has been easily the best qualifier this year on either the hard or the soft compound tyres and reinforced his incredible one lap speed to start the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400.

Mostert was fastest at the Victorian circuit, setting a new lap record as he became the first Supercars driver to crash through the 90-second barrier.

The 25-year-old is in the frame to tackle favourite McLaughlin - third quickest on Friday.

The Kiwi scooped the meet last year and earned four wins across the last eight races in Volvos for Garry Rogers Motorsport.

While most Supercars' observers are tipping a Red Bull Racing v DJR Team Penske dual for the championship, Mostert believes he and teammate Mark Winterbottom can be in the title mix.

"We're not in the shadow of anyone. We're our own team," he said.

"There's a lot of focus going on what people call goliath teams fighting out for the championship but we're definitely in the mix with the improvements we've made.

"We'll keep going under that radar. It's where we like to be."

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