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Kostecki defied 15G crash in Adelaide finale

BRODIE Kostecki pressed on for 56 laps after a mammoth Adelaide 500 crash to steal seventh in the Repco Supercars Championship standings.

Adelaide’s notorious Turn 8 claimed many a victim across the four days of track action, including two Safety Car-inducing shunts during the Sunday finale.

Kostecki came mighty close to making that three when he smashed into the wall on the Lap 22 restart, only to miraculously continue on in scenes reminiscent of his Super2 Adelaide efforts in 2020.

The Erebus Motorsport driver revealed post-race just how significant the impact had been.

“I had a pretty wild race on my behalf, I pretty much hit everything except for the pace car, so almost checked that box,” said the #99 driver.

“I got into the wall at Turn 8 and thought I was out.

“I think the crash was 15G according to Supercars so it set off the data recorder for the crashes, so that was pretty wild.

“I got into another crash probably about five or six laps later and just hit absolutely everything and I ended up coming home eighth so pretty proud of the team.”

Kostecki’s #99. Pic: Supplied

It was mixed outcomes championship-wise for Erebus.

The Barry Ryan-led outfit fell just short in its mission to reel in Grove Racing for fifth in the teams’ championship.

Kostecki though did improve to seventh in the drivers’ standings, helped by David Reynolds only managing 15th after being spun by Will Davison.

Kostecki had not held a top seven spot since leaving Perth in early May; it’s also the best end-of-season ranking for an Erebus driver since Reynolds finished the 2019 campaign in sixth.

Will Brown was sixth in the sister #9 Boost Mobile Commodore yesterday and 14th overall for the season.

“It’s been a pretty up-and-down year and it’s a great way to finish off strong, both cars in the top 10 and myself seventh in the championship,” added Kostecki.

“I think that’s better than last year, I can’t actually remember where I finished (ninth), so it’s a good end to the year.”

Erebus will retain an unchanged driver line-up for both the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

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