Supercars’ lone international excursion of 2018 is done and dusted, as we exit the Auckland SuperSprint across the Tasman. With a podium and generally positive results across the weekend, we head into the final round of the year with momentum. See and read about our weekend with the Auckland SuperSprint crash course and gallery below.
After claiming victory in Race 26 on the Gold Coast, Chaz Mostert backed up that performance with another podium score in Auckland, placing third in Race 28 at Pukekohe. It was Mostert’s third podium of 2018 and tenth top ten in the last 11 races, showing the form more expected from the 26-year old as the season’s end nears.
Rookie’s first Shootout
Richie Stanaway’s initiation into Supercars has been notably challenging, maligned by several races hampered by issues out of his control, and only one top ten to show through 29 races. The highlight to date, though, came on Sunday when New Zealand-born Stanaway made the Top Ten Shootout for Race 29, and wowed fans with a lap just 0.3s off pole, qualifying 7th. Mostert and Cameron Waters also made the Shootout on Sunday, marking their third and fourth consecutive Shootouts, respectively, qualifying 4th and 9th for the Sunday race, another sign of the team’s upticking pace towards the end of the year.
With three top tens between them on the weekend, Mostert and Mark Winterbottom increased their cushion in third place in the teams’ championship, as the team looks to retain its pit lane position for 2019. Holding a 364-point lead on fourth place with two races remaining and 576 maximum points available, the team is poised to claim an important pit lane position for 2019 despite a below standard season for the four-car outfit.
Next Event: Newcastle 500
The Supercars season concludes later this month at the second Newcastle 500. Newcastle proved to be a flash inaugural event in 2017, attracting nearly 200,000 people across a scintillating championship decider, and figures to be another smashing success on and off the 2.65-kilometre track. The event, hosting Races 30 and 31 of the 2018 season, runs across the November 23-25 weekend.