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V8 SUPERCARS star Chaz Mostert, who has been dom­i­nat­ing pole po­si­tion since re­turn­ing from a hor­ror crash, has two se­cret weapons.

Help­ing to keep a smile on the face of 2014 Bathurst win­ner dur­ing five months of re­cov­ery af­ter a bru­tal 200km/h crash at Mt Panorama last year, were his two dachshunds.

Mostert had both Bangers and Mash track­side on the Gold Coast on Oc­to­ber 20, post­ing to Face­book: “Pretty cool to show the pups my race car.”

The Dachshund Res­cue Aus­tralia am­bas­sador, who will be rac­ing in the Auck­land Su­perSprint on Novem­ber 4-6 be­fore the Syd­ney500 on De­cem­ber 2-4, says his two dachshunds are “al­ways mak­ing me laugh”.

Mostert, who had jack rus­sells grow­ing up, was drawn to the dachshund be­cause of their “lov­ing and car­ing” na­ture.

“The pas­sion­ate side of their na­ture ap­pealed to me and I ended up get­ting two be­cause I did not want the other one to be lonely,” he says. “They are dachshunds but they’ve got a lit­tle bit of foxy in them as well.

“Mash looks 100 per cent dachshund, while Bangers has a bit of a foxy look.

“They are both re­ally long sausages – they are broth­ers but they are to­tally dif­fer­ent.”

Dachshund Res­cue Aus­tralia’s Ruth Salmine de­scribed dachshunds as smart, loyal and chal­leng­ing.

Own­ers ob­sessed by this quirky breed hold reg­u­lar meet-ups across Syd­ney, with prepa­ra­tions un­der way for the Dachshund Res­cue Aus­tralia Christ­mas Party in Cen­ten­nial Park on Novem­ber 27.

Meet-ups are also held at Syd­ney Park and Tug­gerah Oval on the Cen­tral Coast.

“Once you are owned by a dachshund, you will never look else­where,” Salmine says.

She is urg­ing po­ten­tial dachshund own­ers to re­search the breed and only pur­chase from reg­is­tered breed­ers.

“Dachshund Res­cue Aus­tralia is urg­ing prospec­tive own­ers to en­sure their life­style and liv­ing cir­cum­stances will pro­vide the dachshund with the love, at­ten­tion and en­vi­ron­ment they de­serve,” Salmine says.

ChazCh MostertM with Bangers and Mash as pups and (in­set) track­side this month.

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