Prodrive Racing (Australia)’s Chaz Mostert has taken a top five finish in race 11 at Hidden Valley Raceway with all four PRA challengers improving on their starting positions.
Despite running a clean race, Mostert had hoped to better optimise a strong race strategy after holding a 12-lap advantage on the cars around him.
His nail-biting battle with Jamie Whincup wasn’t the only dramatic moment of the race with Jason Bright narrowly avoiding a collision with three laps to go.
Bright made the most of a tousle between Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander ahead, moving past the cars at the corner before being thrown off balance as his competitors ran off the track.
Able to save the car, Bright dropped just one position to teammate Mark Winterbottom who had caught the field after his own off-track excursion on lap one.
Winterbottom believes he and engineer Brendan Hogan will look for a different setup direction for tomorrow’s 200km hit-out after describing the car as ‘hard work’ to drive.
Cameron Waters was pleased to gain yet another strong top-10 finish, further cementing himself as a top-ten championship contender.
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars ChampionshipDRIVERS’ VIEW
Mark Winterbottom – #5 The Bottle-O PRA Ford:
Qualifying: 17th – 1m06.28s
Race 11: 14th
“The car wasn’t really there all day. It was hard work. Got tangled up at the first corner, I think I got nudged in the back and then into the side and spun around which is what happens when you’re in the pack like that. We raced our way back through which was okay but the car’s just not there. I can’t brake and get to the corner and it’s just hard work but we’ll have a look at it, tune it up and go in a different direction tomorrow. We’ll see if we can get up there. We can obviously improve it which is the plan but tough day.”
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars ChampionshipCameron Waters – #6 Monster Energy PRA Ford:
Qualifying: 10th – 1m06.04s
Race 11: 6th
“It was a pretty good day. Quali wasn’t that great but after practice it seemed pretty good because we were struggling a little bit there. 10th was good in quali and in the race I just tried to keep it clean and consistent and it worked really well for us. I’m really happy with sixth. We can work with that and make the car a little bit better for tomorrow and hopefully we can sneak up a few more spots.”
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars ChampionshipChaz Mostert – #55 Supercheap Auto PRA Ford:
Qualifying: 7th – 1m06.00s
Race 11: 5th
“Good day with a top five result but I’m a bit disappointed with it. I think we had the best strategy by about 12 laps but we lacked a bit of power to get around the guys in front. I’m a bit disappointed but overall pretty happy to still finish in the top five with a straight car. It’s just another opportunity that I felt we could have optimised a bit better.”