Another Gold Coast 600 has come and gone, and while we thoroughly enjoyed the Surfers Paradise sunshine, there was plenty of drama to play out on the weekend. Read more on the weekend in our crash course and gallery below.
Mostert’s “small mistake” takes big bite
After putting the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang on provisional pole in Race 26 qualifying, Chaz Mostert and James Moffat’s weekend was quickly derailed in Saturday’s Top Ten Shootout, when Chaz glanced the Mustang off the inside wall at Turn 11, firing him into the outside fence. Chaz had no time to react as the car made vicious impact on the right front corner, ending his run. Upon the car’s return to the garage, it was quickly determined that the roll cage had taken significant damage that could not be fixed at the track, ruling Car 55 out from both of the weekend’s races. It was a big blow to Mostert, who had won at Surfers Paradise the last two years, and dropped from third to sixth in the drivers’ championship.
Top 7 trio
Tickford’s other three Mustangs, however, posted a very solid weekend, with all three in the top seven of both races. A punt by Monster Energy Racing to have co-driver Michael Caruso run a majority of the laps on Sunday gave Cam Waters a shot at the podium, but the gamble came up just short, with Waters taking the chequered flag in fifth. Waters (7th), Will Davison (9th), and Lee Holdsworth (10th) all retained position in the championship, and made ground on competitiors ahead as the season heads to its final two rounds.
Heading out of Gold Coast, Tickford’s two entries in the teams’ championship sit third and fourth, just 98 points apart, illustrating the team’s overall consistency throughout the year. With two rounds to go, second place is likely out of reach for us this year, but retaining third for the third consecutive year would be a worthy accomplishment in this very competitive championship.
The final round of the 2019 Enduro Cup looms at next week’s Sandown 500, which is also the penultimate round of the 2019 Supercars season. With 300 points on offer for the winners, it’s a great opportunity to score a boost heading to Newcastle for the season finale.