Sunday Debrief: Gold Coast 500

Published: 29 October 2023
That’s a wrap on the penultimate round of 2023.
That’s a wrap on the penultimate round of 2023.

Pictured: That’s a wrap on the penultimate round of 2023.

It wasn’t the weekend we were hoping for on either side of the garage with a late safety car punishing Chaz Mostert bringing the car home in 13th and Nick Percat 12th.

After a chaotic qualifying session with car bonnets on roofs and cars turned around, Chaz secured himself a ticket into the Top 10 shootout again, meanwhile Nick got caught in the chaos aborting his fastest lap.

The Mobil 1 Optus Racing Car 25 was a rocket in the shootout, unfortunately the right hand side of the car clipped the wall early on in the lap which took away any chances for pole but secured a second row start for Chaz.

It was a circus in the opening lap with a lot of carnage causing a safety car, both cars kept it clean making up one position each.

It was a follow the leader for most of the race until the highs and lows of Supercars showed themselves today with a safety car pulling the field together with 7 laps remaining. Car 25 was punished, dropping four positions as Chaz had a five second time penalty.

Nick battled a break issue late in the final stint, benefiting off the safety car he brought the Mobil 1 NTI Racing Car 2 home in 12th place.

It’s back to the workshop where the team have a lot of work to do before we head to the VAILO Adelaide 500 for the final round of the 2023 Supercars Championship.

Nick Percat

“We had a few little gremlins we needed to manage during the race today so to come away P12 with what we had going on wasn’t a bad result.

“We’ve got one more round this season in Adelaide, we will head back to the workshop to tune these cars up so we can finish big with this team in front of my home crowd at the VAILO Adelaide 500.”

Chaz Mostert

“Tough weekend to be honest, we tried a heap of things all weekend but couldn’t quite get the tyre life in the window which hurt us each afternoon.

“Wasn’t through any lack of effort that’s for sure, so thanks to the team. We are all eyes on Adelaide now, we all want to send ’23 off on the right note.”