Chaz Mostert will drive for Walkinshaw Andretti United, with the team finally confirming it has signed former Tickford Racing driver on a multi-year deal.
Mostert has been at the centre of the Supercars ‘silly season’ rumours for much of the season, although his move to WAU was one of the worst-kept secrets of the year.
The news was unofficially broken when Tickford Racing mechanics performed a traditional end-of-season ‘driver delivery’ after the final race of the year at the Newcastle 500, strapping Mostert to a tyre trolley and wheeling him to the WAU garage.
“I’m super excited to be joining the Walkinshaw Andretti United family, it’s going to be full of new challenges and for me and at this stage of my career I’m excited for some change,” said Mostert.
“I’ve spent most of my Supercar career on one side of the fence and really enjoyed that, but now I’m excited to jump over to the other side and hopefully build something special
“I’m looking forward to getting to know the WAU team and their fanbase; my fans that have followed me in my journey so far are all incredible and I hope they continue to support me next year and beyond, no matter the car I drive.”
Talent-spotted by Ford Performance Racing, Mostert was promoted to the Supercars Championship midway through the 2013 season after FPR agreed to loan him to Dick Johnson Racing and he underscored his credentials with a fine win at Queensland Raceway.
Drafted into FPR’s line-up in 2014, he and co-driver Paul Morris sensationally won that year’s Bathurst 1000 from last on the grid, claiming victory by passing a fuel-starved Jamie Whincup on the final lap of the race.
Remaining with the team under its Prodrive Racing guise in 2015, Mostert ran second to teammate Mark Winterbottom in the battle for the Drivers’ Championship title but a heavy qualifying crash at Bathurst saw him out for the rest of the season with a broken wrist and leg.
Back in the cockpit the next year with Prodrive satellite outfit Rod Nash Racing, Mostert was winless in 2016 (despite five pole positions) but claimed three victories and won the inaugural Pirtek Enduro Cup with co-driver Steve Owen in 2017, with a further race win coming in 2018.
Mostert’s 2019 campaign with the new Ford Mustang started strongly with a win and two podiums at the Melbourne 400, and despite being easily Tickford Racing’s most successful driver that season the rumours of an exit started to swirl and he fell out of favour with team management.
The enmity towards him was compounded by separate on-track clashes with teammate Cameron Waters at Pukekohe and Bathurst, and a heavy qualifying accident at Surfers Paradise that ruled he and co-driver James Moffat out for the weekend.
The 27-year-old redeemed himself with a podium at the Sandown 500, finishing fifth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings with one win and 13 podium finishes.
WAU is yet to announce the identity of Mostert’s teammate for the 2020 season; newly-crowned Super2 champion Bryce Fullwood is tipped to get the nod.
Mostert’s now-vacant seat at Tickford Racing is expected to be claimed by TEKNO Autosport driver Jack Le Brocq.
|2020 Australian Supercars Championship – Predicted Entry List|
|DJR Team Penske||Fabian Coulthard||Scott McLaughlin|
|Triple Eight Race Engineering||Jamie Whincup||Shane van Gisbergen|
|Erebus Motorsport||David Reynolds||Anton de Pasquale|
|Tickford Racing||Cameron Waters||Lee Holdsworth|
|Tickford Racing||Jack Le Brocq*|
|23Red Racing (Tickford Racing)||Will Davison|
|Brad Jones Racing||Nick Percat||TBA|
|Brad Jones Racing||Jack Smith|
|Tim Blanchard Racing (BJR)||Macauley Jones|
|Kelly Racing||Rick Kelly||Andre Heimgartner|
|Team 18||Mark Winterbottom||Scott Pye|
|Matt Stone Racing||Garry Jacobson*||TBA|
|TEKNO / One World||James Courtney||TBA|
|Walkinshaw Andretti United||Chaz Mostert||Bryce Fullwood*|
* To be officially confirmed, but considered highly likely
Images via Ignite Image and Tickford Racing
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