The Courier-Mail

CHAZ CUTS TO CHASE FOR TITLE

- JAMES PHELPS

CHAZ Mostert will attempt to steal the V8 championsh­ip from Mark Winterbott­om with the young gun declaring he had been given the green light to race his Ford teammate after blitzing practice in Sydney yesterday.

Mostert blasted his way to the quickest time of the day on a dramatic day of practice at Sydney Motorsport Park with Holden driver James Courtney rushed to hospital after a pitlane accident.

Mostert, 23, declared his own championsh­ip desire after holding off Holden driver’s Tim Slade and Shane Van Gisbergen to top the times on the opening day of the Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprin­t.

The Prodrive Racing Australia driver trails his high-profile teammate Winterbott­om by 292 points.

“We are all pushing for the championsh­ip as far as I know,” Mostert said.

“They have left it open and told us to race. There are no team orders and I am not expecting any.

“Even last year when Frosty was fighting for the championsh­ip we were told to race.

“For me I am just going to go out there and go as fast as I can and push for race wins.”

Mostert said he was unhappy with his car despite proving the quickest ahead of today’s two sprint races at the track formerly known as Eastern Creek.

The reigning Bathurst 1000 winner said his fast time was thanks to new soft tyre rubber – not genuine car speed.

“The car wasn’t very good at all,” Mostert said.

“I was very unhappy with it to be honest. We have a bit of work to do tonight because it wasn’t great. But it is nice to be at the top of the time sheets with a car that wasn’t all that good.

“The tyres were a big part of what happened today.

“I am not sure what the other blokes were on but we will try and tune it up tonight and have a crack tomorrow.

“We will make some set-up changes and see if we can make it better.”

Series leader Winterbott­om was fifth fastest as Slade and Van Gisbergen pounced in a Holden double.

Van Gisbergen has been tipped as a dark horse to win tomorrow’s race.

 ??  ?? TV: All live on Fox Sports 5 NO TEAM ORDERS: Chaz Mostert at yesterday’s Sydney practice session. Picture: Tim Hunter
TV: All live on Fox Sports 5 NO TEAM ORDERS: Chaz Mostert at yesterday’s Sydney practice session. Picture: Tim Hunter

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