Chaz Mostert has overcome intense pressure from Craig Lowndes to claim victory in the final race of the V8 Supercar Championship’s visit to Perth.
A year on from making his full-time series debut, the youngster beat the Red Bull Racing driver by two seconds at the end of the 200-kilometre race to claim his second career win and his first as a factory Ford driver.
Mostert managed to get by Lowndes and assume the effective race lead while the pair was dicing with Jason Bright’s BOC Holden – running on an alternative strategy – at mid-distance in the 83-lap race.
He then managed to keep Lowndes at bay over the remainder of the race, carefully navigating the lapped traffic in the closing stages. FPR teammate and series leader Mark Winterbottom completed the podium to maintain a 101-point lead over Lowndes in the Drivers’ Championship battle.
Defending champion Jamie Whincup capped off an improving weekend with fourth place, with the Brad Jones Racing Holdens of Fabian Coulthard and Jason Bright completing the top six. David Wall, James Moffat, David Reynolds and Michael Caruso rounded out the top ten.
High tyre wear continued to be an overriding concern during the race, with a number of drivers suffering tyre failures as their Dunlop rubber gave out during the race.
James Courtney was one such victim, losing out on the possibility of a major points haul when he suffered a puncture; HRT teammate Garth Tander also suffered the same fate, as did the Erebus Mercedes’ of Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison.
Race 1 winner Scott McLaughlin had a disastrous race. The Kiwi was hit with a mechanical blag flag for a flapping door, and then suffered contact with Tim Slade. He also had a post-race altercation with fellow New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen, accusing the Tekno Holden driver – who had been off the pace all weekend – of being unsportsmanlike in his driving.
2014 V8 Supercars Perth 400 – Race 3 Results (83 laps):
|Driver||Team / Entry||Result|
|1.||Chaz Mostert||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||1:21:35.002|
|2.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 2.174|
|3.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 4.280|
|4.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 11.027|
|5.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 15.661|
|6.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF||+ 16.575|
|7.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 30.830|
|8.||James Moffat||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 31.943|
|9.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG||+ 37.933|
|10.||Michael Caruso||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 38.090|
|11.||Nick Percat||Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF||+ 40.573|
|12.||Scott Pye||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 43.061|
|13.||Russell Ingall||Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF||+ 44.451|
|14.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 46.749|
|15.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 47.701|
|16.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 48.710|
|17.||Scott McLaughlin||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 50.478|
|18.||Lee Holdsworth||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 52.539|
|19.||Dale Wood||Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF||+ 1 lap|
|20.||Shane van Gisbergen||TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF||+ 1 lap|
|21.||Robert Dahlgren||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 1 lap|
|22.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 1 lap|
|23.||Jack Perkins||Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG||+ 1 lap|
|24.||Will Davison||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 2 laps|
|25.||Tim Slade||SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 8 laps|
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