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Up and Down – Mount Panorama 500 Crash Course

How good is it to be back? The 2021 Supercars season is back in full swing, and with our first round in the books we can look back on a roller coaster weekend at the Mount Panorama 500. Check out our photo gallery below from the weekend and read on in our crash course at some of the big stories from the weekend.

Rapid Waters
After a brilliant campaign at the Bathurst 1000 last October, Cam Waters proved his Bathurst pace was no fluke at the Mount Panorama 500. His pole on Saturday was stifled by a power steering issue in Race 1, but the 26-year old bounced back on Sunday, leading the early stages of the race en route to a second place finish, his 20th career podium.

Best’s Debut
Team Dunlop Super2 Series driver Zak Best made his debut with Tickford Racing at the Mountain and put in a very impressive performance in the No. 78 Best Leisure Industries Ford Falcon FG X. Consistently quick race pace in practice proved handy in the weekend’s two races, where the 19-year old racked up fourth and third place finishes, taking second overall for the weekend. It’s the first podium in Best’s Super2 career, and each day marked career-best race finishes to kick off the Benalla native’s sophomore season in the development series.

Blisteringly Quick
Normally a phrase drivers love to hear, Jack Le Brocq suffered from a different type of blistering on the weekend at Bathurst. After finishing sixth in the season-opening race on Saturday, Le Brocq encountered blisters on his right foot during Sunday’s race due to the heat inside the cabin of the No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang. Fighting through the pain, Le Brocq came home 19th in Race 2, but holds ninth in the drivers’ championship at the conclusion of Round 1 of the 2021 season.

It’s a home round for the team next time out, with Round 2 taking place at Sandown Raceway in Melbourne’s southeast on the March 20-21 weekend. Supercars was initially scheduled to race in support of the Australian Grand Prix on this weekend, but moved the event to Sandown following the postponement of the GP.