PRODRIVE RACING AUSTRALIA – SANDOWN 500
Prodrive Racing Australia’s Chaz Mostert is pleased with yet another consistent result for the Supercheap Auto FG X after being forced to double stack in a rain-interrupted Sandown 500. Co-driver Steve Owen started the race from fifth position, maintaining consistent speed before rain created havoc for the field. Electing to pit, Owen stacked behind a charging Stanaway who chose to stay on slick tyres. After also starting the race, Stanaway moved through the field with ease, jumping to second before handing the car to Pither. Struggling with rear grip from the start of his stint, Pither managed to keep the car clean to finish in 17th place. With strong pace, Dean Canto also improved significantly on The Bottle-O pair’s 22nd starting position to move into the top ten. Running on slick tyres, a moment of back luck at turn four cost the duo position while causing a safety car for the field. While the car was not badly damaged, time spent being retrieved cost the number one car valuable laps. Winterbottom was unable to improve on their position, finishing 24th. After starting at the back of the field, Monster Energy co-driver Jack Le Brocq rallied into the top twenty before the driver change. Waters was able to maintain the strong position achieved by Le Brocq before sliding into the tyre barrier at turn four. Damage to the car and an oil spill forced the team to retire the car.
“It was a tough day on weather. It’s pretty hard on all types of drivers being dry then wet then wet then dry and trying to push those limits on a drying track and trying to explore those widths coming into corners and how much you can get out of it so a couple of hairy moments but today our car 55 in the retro livery held up pretty well. I think we definitely tuned the car up over the weekend which is pretty hard to do once you roll out of the truck. A lot of positives out of today. To be top five, I’m pretty happy and I think we definitely had podium pace. Looking forward to the next event and getting back to Bathurst. My demon/glory track but I’m excited. I’m definitely getting some more consistency with the car, finishing well and qualifying well so I’m pretty happy at this stage. We’ll keep working for little gains and see how we roll out at Bathurst.”