CHAZ CUTS TO CHASE FOR TITLE
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.