Gold Coast was golden for us this year, as we finally found our way back atop the podium in Race 26. A wet and wild weekend in the books, check out our crash course and gallery from Round 14 below.
Back to Back
Nearly a year to the day since his last victory, Chaz Mostert, this year teamed with James Moffat in the Enduro Cup, stormed to the win in the sunshine of Race 26. It is Chaz’ 12th career win and Moff’s second, much to the delight of the crew. Cars 5 and 6 finished seventh and eighth respectively, marking the second time this year three of our cars finished inside the top ten in the same race.
Cats and Dogs
Sunday’s race was shaping up pleasantly as Moff again got the jump in the early going, snatching the lead on Lap 13 after starting second. Shortly after, the rains arrived and heavy precipitation made for perilous conditions on track. The race was twice red flagged and eventually abandoned after 42 laps, with Car 55 the effective leader, but no points were awarded because the race did not reach the minimum distance of 50% of the scheduled 102 laps.
It’s no secret that 2018 has been challenging, and perhaps the most frustrating moments came at Darwin and Townsville, where all four cars failed to reach the Top Ten Shootout on consecutive occasions. That, however, has changed of late, as Cameron Waters led us to sixth in the Shootout at Bathurst, and was joined by Mostert in both Shootouts on the Gold Coast. To boot, both Shootouts saw both drivers move up the starting order, giving the team a tangible improvement to go along with the new surfboards in our race centre.
What’s Next: Auckland SuperSprint
We’re back on the road this week as Supercars makes its lone international trip of the season, across the Tasman to Pukekoke Park Raceway. The weekend offers Richie Stanaway his first race event in his home country as a Supercars driver, and the team a chance to continue building the momentum gained in Queensland. Cam Waters scored a surprise pole at Pukie in 2017, along with a third on Sunday to Mark Winterbottom’s P2 finish in the Saturday race.