Chaz Mostert: 6th
Chaz Mostert has finished sixth, and Bryce Fullwood 24th in Race 3 of the 2021 Supercars Championship at the Sandown SuperSprint.
For Chaz, he started off pole after a blinding qualifying session, but following an early pit-stop to try and run in clear air, he ran out of tyres to fight with at the end, dropping to sixth in the last two laps.
For Bryce, contact on lap 2 sent him into the wall on the exit of turn four, needing to be dragged out. The crew did an incredible job to repair the damage and get him back out in time to complete the required 75 per cent race distance to be classified, but he was running his own race.
Qualifying couldn’t have been much for perfect for Mostert. He topped all three sessions on his way to his first pole position of the year, leading the field away for the first race of the weekend.
After dropping to fourth in the opening lap, the call was made on lap 7 to pit for clear air, and undercut the first three.
The leaders continued on, stopping 12 laps later, which eventually put Chaz in the lead.
With six to go, there was a four-way fight for the lead. With two to go, Waters made his move for the lead, and it hung Chaz out to dry. He dropped to fourth, with two more getting by on the last lap with the tyre advantage.
Tomorrow sees two more 36-lap races, and two more chances for some trophies.
Bryce Fullwood: 24th
“Today hurt a little but that’s for sure, especially after such an awesome qualifying result.
“We probably read it a little bit wrong. We thought people would dive in early and we were about the only one early.
“It’s the way the game is; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, and today it just didn’t work out for us.
“We’ve got a good car though, which is still positive. We know what we can work on tonight, and come out swinging tomorrow!”
“I must have walked under a ladder on the way in today, we didn’t have much luck that’s for sure.
“Qualifying I locked a front into Dandenong road which flat spotted the tyre and killed the session, so it was always going to be tough work.
“After contact on lap 2 I was stuck in the fence, and that was about it. The guys did a great job to get me back out there, but it was more about finishing then.
“Thank god it’s only Saturday, and we can have another crack tomorrow. Hopefully all our bad luck is out of the way today.”