For a weekend that started out on the right foot for Prodrive’s Chaz Mostert, finishing third in the opening race of the weekend, during race two he had a coming together with the Red Bull Racing olden of Shane van Gisbergen, turning the Kiwi around at turn 15 where he collided head of with the Wilson Security car of James Moffatt.
As a result, Chaz was penalized with a drive through penalty and after running in sixth place at the time, Mostert ended up finishing race two down in 19th place overall.
"Didn't finish the day off as planned,” he said. “I had an okay start but then got bomb-dived down into turn one and it was going to be messy if we didn't split so I went onto the astroturf and lost a heap of spots, I shouldn't have been that far back but I battled away. I think I had speed on a couple of the cars in front.”
“I was battling away and thought I had a good enough run, had a go into the second last corner and went in there but it started to tighten up so tried getting out late and tried to pull the car up but just tagged the side of Shane (van Gisbergen) and he's looped it. Not ideal racing and not ideal for our team to get a penalty but obviously you don't want to see any other cars get damaged out there either.”
“Learning a lot this weekend and we'll keep learning and taking it on to the next one. Race one was good. To get third was pretty cool but this weekend is all about building momentum and making our cars better and better."
Team boss Tim Edwards was unimpressed with the penalty after comparing it to the Winterbottom/Whincup incident in Clipsal.
"I was a bit disappointed and confused as to how Chaz's incident was adjudicated. I thought they did they right thing in Adelaide leaving it to a post-race investigation for when they had all of the in-car footage but they seemed to rush it through today," he said. "More upset about the process rather than the outcome. The main thing for us is that we're making good headway with the car."