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Mostert bracing for Bathurst weather wildcard

CHAZ Mostert is wary of the potential for rain to wreak havoc on the opening day of the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship.

The Bureau of Meteorology is currently forecasting up to 20mm of rain for Bathurst on Friday, when Supercars will roll out for the first two practice sessions of the year.

Teams and drivers gathered minimal wet weather running during the inaugural season using Gen3 machinery, only heightening the degree to which rain could shake things up.

There is set to be clearer skies on the weekend itself, with a 30 percent chance of rain on Saturday and five percent on Sunday.

“It looks like it the weather could be a bit of a wildcard early in the weekend which could throw a spanner in the works, we didn’t get many wet runs in last year so this will make the first round interesting,” said the Walkinshaw Andretti United star.

The two-time Bathurst 1000 winner got an early look at the Mountain last weekend, racing a McLaren GT4 in the 12 Hour.

For the Thrifty Bathurst 500, Mostert will have a new engineer in Sam Scaffidi and a fresh teammate in Kiwi rookie Ryan Wood.

Chaz Mostert (left) with co-driver Lee Holdsworth and engineer Sam Scaffidi. Pic: Ross Gibb

“It’s great to have Woody joining us, it’s been awesome with him so far, we get along really well off-track, so I am excited to work closely with him this year,” said Mostert.

For Wood, this weekend will mark not only his solo debut – as it is also for Jaxon Evans and Aaron Love – but his first main game race altogether.

“This is so surreal, I have dreamt about becoming a Supercars driver for as long as I can remember and this weekend it becomes real, I can’t believe it to be honest,” said the #2 Mustang pilot.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support from my family, partners and the team, it’s been a crazy few years that’s for sure but it’s all worth it now.

“I have looked up to Chaz growing up, not only because he is a great driver but he’s an even better person off the track, to be able to work alongside him this year is really exciting.

“To be starting my Supercars career at the Mountain is pretty special, it is one of the toughest tracks out there, so I’m excited to take on the challenge.”

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