Barbagallo V8 Supercars: Chaz Mostert takes first win for FPR
|Sunday, May 18th 2014, 07:22 GMT|
Chaz Mostert claimed his first V8 Supercars victory with Ford Performance Racing in the longer-distance finale at Barbagallo.
The 22-year-old had taken a win at Queensland Raceway last July during his impressive rookie year with Dick Johnson Racing, but the Perth success marked his first victory since being promoted to Ford's leading squad.
Mostert managed to get ahead of Craig Lowndes for the effective race lead when they were trying to pass Jason Bright - running an alternate strategy - around half-distance.
The Ford man then resisted pressure from Lowndes's Triple Eight Holden for the rest of the race, keeping the series' victory record-holder at bay even through very heavy traffic in the closing stages.
Mostert's team-mate Mark Winterbottom maintained his championship lead with third place, his strategy of running longer stints not paying off as effectively.
Champion Jamie Whincup continued his return to form in fourth place, ahead of Brad Jones Racing duo Fabian Coulthard and Bright.
James Courtney had also been among the lead group early on before suffering a puncture, only a few laps after his Holden Racing Team stablemate Garth Tander had the same issue. Both Erebus Mercedes also had tyres blow.
Race one winner Scott McLaughlin and his GRM Volvo team-mate Robert Dahlgren both struggled for race pace after qualifying in the top 10, sliding back to 17th and 21st respectively.
McLaughlin's day was further complicated by the need to tape a flapping door closed in a pitstop and by a punt from Tim Slade.
Results - 83 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Chaz Mostert FPR Ford 1h21m35.0015s 2. Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Holden +2.1744s 3. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford +4.2798s 4. Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden +11.0268s 5. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden +15.6605s 6. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden +16.5746s 7. David Wall Dick Johnson Ford +30.8296s 8. James Moffat Nissan +31.9434s 9. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford +37.9334s 10. Michael Caruso Nissan +38.0895s 11. Nick Percat Walkinshaw/HRT Holden +40.5733s 12. Scott Pye Dick Johnson Ford +43.0613s 13. Russell Ingall Dumbrell Holden +44.4513s 14. Rick Kelly Nissan +46.7488s 15. James Courtney HRT Holden +47.7007s 16. Todd Kelly Nissan +48.7103s 17. Scott McLaughlin GRM Volvo +50.4778s 18. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Mercedes +52.5391s 19. Dale Wood Britek/BJR Holden -1 lap 20. Shane van Gisbergen Tekno Holden -1 lap 21. Robert Dahlgren GRM Volvo -1 lap 22. Garth Tander HRT Holden -1 lap 23. Jack Perkins Schwerkolt/FPR Ford -1 lap 24. Will Davison Erebus Mercedes -2 laps 25. Tim Slade Rosenberg/HRT Holden -8 laps