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Chaz Mostert may have been Tick­ford Rac­ing’s stand­out per­former on Sun­day at Mount Panorama, but that doesn’t mean he was the most pop­u­lar man in the garage.

The #55 crew chose to in­vert their driver strat­egy early in the race, which meant James Mof­fat started and Mostert took over af­ter the first stint. As a re­sult, Mostert and David Rus­sell – co-driver for the Cam Wa­ters Fal­con on the other side of the garage – found them­selves fight­ing for sev­enth just af­ter the first round of stops.

Know­ing that mak­ing ground on the co-drivers was key to the strat­egy work­ing, Mostert got a lit­tle im­pa­tient at For­rest’s El­bow. He slapped the in­side of the Mon­ster Ford, send­ing Rus­sell into the wall. Mostert kept go­ing, while Rus­sell limped back to the pits, his and Wa­ters’ hopes of a strong re­sult shat­tered.

When the TV cam­eras came call­ing, Wa­ters didn’t hold back, ref­er­enc­ing con­tact be­tween the two in 2017: “I don’t know what Chaz was do­ing try­ing to pass him and put him in the fence. Pretty dumb, 30 laps into the race. Two years in a row, got taken out by Chaz.”

Even more damn­ing was what the in-car mic picked up as Wa­ters con­sulted with Rus­sell when the car ar­rived back in the garage. “Sorry man, we just got f*cked up by our f*ck­ing team-mate,” he shouted.

Mostert, who fin­ished fourth, later took the blame. “It’s an ab­so­lute shame for the team and it’s not the way I want to go out there rac­ing,” he said. “I just purely went to the in­side, I couldn’t go any more nar­row. I just ran out of room and it’s al­ways pretty tight at the El­bow.

“I’m sorry to Cam and Dave, but it’s a tough day for the team – it would have been nice to get them a tro­phy.”

Mostert wasn’t the most pop­u­lar bloke in the Tick­ford pit

Col­li­sion ended hopes of Wa­ters and Rus­sell

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