Rising star Chaz Mostert has inked a new two-year contract with Prodrive Racing Australia and will remain part of the Victorian outfit’s ranks until at least the end of the 2017 V8 Supercars Championship season.
The 23-year-old joined the team on a full-time basis last year following an impressive debut the year before when he was loaned to Dick Johnson Racing, claiming his first race win at Queensland Raceway.
He finished seventh overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings last year in his first full-time season with what was then known as Ford Performance Racing, with a last-to-first victory in the Bathurst 1000 being his biggest highlight.
This year has seen him start his campaign strongly in the team’s all-new Ford Falcon FG X model, having claimed two pole positions and a trio of second-placed finishes in the season’s nine races to-date. He currently lies seventh in the Drivers’ Championship standings, with teammate Mark Winterbottom in third with two race wins to-date.
“This is a great team. I get along great with the crew, we’ve enjoyed a lot of success in a short time and I am enjoying challenging and being challenged by Frosty [Mark Winterbottom],” Mostert said.
“Chaz has been a breath of fresh air for the team and the sport. He is one of the next generation of stars and he keeps performing at a very high level so we’re very pleased with his development thus far. He and Mark will be driving together for at least the next three seasons so our fans and commercial partners have got a lot to look forward to,” Prodrive team principal Tim Edwards added.
Ahead of this weekend’s fourth round of the championship at Winton Raceway, the team has also finalised its Pirtek Enduro Cup driver line-up for the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 endurance races.
Mostert will not drive with his Bathurst 1000 winning co-driver Paul Morris this year, with Prodrive instead confirming that its Dunlop Series driver Cameron Waters – who currently leads the feeder championship’s points standings – will share the #5 Falcon with the defending race-winner.
Mark Winterbottom will again be paired with Steve Owen, while David Reynolds will also continue to have Dean Canto as his co-driver.
“It’ll be great to have Dean and Steve back on board for this year,” Edwards said of Canto and Owen, who respectively will mark their third and seventh co-driver outings for the team this year.
“They’ve worked really well with both Mark and David in the past so it’ll be great to see what they can do again this year.
“[It’s also] a fantastic opportunity for Cam to step up again and get a feel for how the main series works and also familiarise himself with the car.”
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