Chaz Mostert: 4th
Walkinshaw Andretti United finished the day with mixed returns on Saturday of the Beaurepairs Tasmania SuperSprint at the short and exciting Symmons Plains Circuit.
Chaz Mostert in the Mobil 1 Appliances Online Racing #25 car found his car set up to his liking straight out of the truck, and accordingly led the two official practice sessions for most of the sessions. His status at the top of the leader board, only being eclipsed by late green tyre runs by a handful of enthusiastic competitors, was further validation of this.
Meanwhile, Bryce Fullwood, in the Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing #2 car found the setup of his car harder to wrangle and accordingly struggled, as his engineering team worked overtime to find a more comfortable and effective race car for him.
Across the two practice sessions it became evident that the tyre degradation in Tasmania was going to be significant, and this complexity was compounded further by difficult braking conditions on limited sets per car (just 2 sets for the weekend).
Into Qualifying, and the turbulence Bryce experienced in Practice and limited timed runs prevented a fairer display of his talents as he qualified 22nd for the afternoons race. Better returns were found on the other side of the garage where Chaz finished Saturday’s qualifying sessions in 3rd position.
For the race, with a quick get off the line from the top two cars saw Chaz quickly settle into a rhythm in 4th place and challenging the leaders!
Putting the earlier disappointment behind him, and much to his credit, Fullwood had an outstanding launch off the line and made up a large number of places, quickly finding himself up as high as 16th position. Unfortunately, after a deep dive into the hairpin from Tim Slade, the subsequent contact saw Bryce knocked off the track resulting in a spin. With nearly all of the earlier hard work undone, Bryce was left to go long in an aggressive strategy for a safety car. Unfortunately, the scenario never evolved, and he accordingly finished the race in 23rd position. Notably, with a good tyre base and real racing opportunity for his car and team tomorrow.
Up front, Chaz continued to battle bravely with both Jamie Whincup and Cameron Waters for a top three position, and after his pit stop, he found himself attacking the DJR cars for the final podium spot. After boldly making a charge past Will Davison for fourth position, it unfortunately left the Mobil 1 Appliances Online Racing car without the tyre life to get past Anton De Pasquale and as a result Chaz crossed the line in fourth position.
Tomorrow will be exciting with two qualifying sessions and two races. Securing large pieces of silverware is our target.
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Bryce Fullwood: 23rd