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Mission Mostert: WAU’s burning desire

THERE is a sense of obligation within the walls of Walkinshaw Andretti United.

That is, to propel its star Supercars driver Chaz Mostert to the lofty heights he is capable of.

WAU has built around Mostert since luring him from Tickford Racing at the end of 2019, and just last October announced a new long-term deal with the 31-year-old.

Mostert has represented WAU strongly in their four years together thus far, winning the 2021 Bathurst 1000 and finishing top five in the points without fail – but domination and champion status has remained elusive.

After a parity-plagued season which tested the morale of Ford squads, there is a sense of anticipation simmering at Clayton according to WAU CEO Bruce Stewart.

“When you walk around the workshop, there is a lot of excitement and expectation about the year,” he told V8 Sleuth.

“I can feel it in the crew, in the engineers and everyone in between, that the slate is wiped clean and it’s eyes forward to put our best foot forward for when we get to Bathurst and for the season.

“With a sensational driver line-up with Chaz and Ryan (Wood) we know that we have elite guys behind the wheel, and certainly with Chaz there’s a new vigour to take him to the position we think he belongs in Australian motorsport – which is right at the front.”

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Bruce Stewart (second from left). Pic: Walkinshaw Andretti United

Mostert heads into 2024 with a key change to note; his long-time race engineer Adam DeBorre has moved on and been succeeded by Sam Scaffidi, who joins from Tickford.

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“Clearly Chaz had an amazing relationship with Adam, but equally we’re excited that Scaff comes in and brings new ideas and new thinking and a lot of energy into Chaz’s race engineering,” said Stewart.

“I know Chaz is excited, we’re excited. Change is good in racing, it invigorates and enables you to get a new perspective and hopefully uncover that last half-percent you need to move ahead.”

Adam Austin will be race engineer for rookie Wood.

WAU, which continues to gradually assemble a third/spare Gen3 Mustang chassis, will again have a presence in the Dunlop Super2 Series and TGRA GR Cup (formerly Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 Series).

Super2 incumbent Zach Bates will be joined by Campbell Logan, following Wood’s elevation into the main game, while the Matt Hillyer/WAU combination will go around again in Toyota 86s.

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