Chaz Mostert is a new king of Queensland Raceway
Chaz Mostert (Prodrive Ford) is a new king of Queensland Speedway. After yesterday’s second place in the 39-lap first race of the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint, Mostert wins today in the 65-lap second race ahead of championship leader Scott McLaughlin (DJR Team Penske) and Red Bull Holden’s duo of Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup.
Fabian Coulthard and Craig Lowndes ensured the DJR Team Penske and Triple Eight cars filled the remainder of the top six, making the win all the sweeter for Mostert. It’s the second win of the V8 Supercars season for Mostert and tenth in a career. He scored his first career win four years ago at Ipswich.
Chaz Mostert started from P2 and jumped to the lead at the start, following a poor start for pole-sitter McLaughlin. It was 11th pole position of the season for McLughlin. Jamie Whincup followed Mostert in the second place. After first round of pitstops on lap 12, Whincup took the lead. On lap 34, Mostert and Whincup again pitted together. Mostert retok the first place with its shorter fuel fill.
Scott McLaughlin made his second stop two laps later and rejoined 1.5s adrift of Whincup. McLaughlin than overtook Whincup and started a chase. With 12 laps to go, the Safety Car was called because of debris on the track. Eight laps remained when the race restarted. Mostert defended a lead and won the race.
Scott McLaughlin leads the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with 1896 points, 129 points more than Jamie Whincup. Fabian Coulthard is third with 1663 points, 28 more than Shane van Gisbergen.
The next championship round is the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint at Sydney Motorsport Park on August 19-20.