Last week Supercars contested its premier event on the legendary Mount Panorama at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. As always, Bathurst provided a host of twists and turns throughout the week and 1000 kilometre race, and lent its share of punches and rewards as we took on the biggest race of the year. Check out the crash course and gallery of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 below.
55 to P4
Chaz Mostert and James Moffat ran a slightly adjusted strategy on Sunday, that saw Moffat start the race, one of just five co-drivers to do so. The 34-year old, who raced full time in Supercars from 2011-2017, held his own against current full timers across the first and fourth stints to hand the Supercheap Auto Racing Falcon back to Mostert with just over 60 laps to go. The Queensland based Mostert then steered Car 55 to a fourth place finish, elevating him to sixth in the season championship with three rounds to go.
The lowlight of the afternoon came early on in the race, when Mostert and David Russell collided at Forrest’s Elbow on Lap 20, careening Russel in to the outside barrier and damaging the front corners on Car 6. With significant damages, the Monster Energy Falcon lost 13 laps facilitating repairs in the garage, and the car that started in the top ten was eliminated from contention in the Great Race.
It’s a Team Game
Despite the dramas early in the race, the team regained sole possession of third in the teams’ championship following Sunday’s race. With the combined runs of 4th and 12th from Cars 55 and 5, respectively, the pairing has opened a slim 140-point lead on fourth place in the teams’ championship with six races remaining.
What’s Next: Gold Coast 600
The final leg of the 2018 Enduro Cup comes next week at the Gold Coast 600 in Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Last year, Mostert and then co-driver Steve Owen won the Saturday race from pole en route to clinching the Enduro Cup the following afternoon. The current format of the ‘600’ is set to change in 2019, when the event will transform to a single 500 kilometre race, rather than the traditional twin-300 kilometre races.