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Mostert bulldozes doubts with drought-breaker

EIGHTEEN months without a win had been playing on Chaz Mostert’s mind ever so slightly.

Prior to yesterday, Mostert had 21 Supercars Championship race wins including two in the Bathurst 1000.

So, his drought – which had coincided with a Ford reunion facilitated by Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Gen3 marque switch – was hurting.

“No doubt last year was pretty hard for us and our team,” Mostert said after clinching victory in Race 1 of the Perth SuperSprint.

“When we came into Gen3 we didn’t feel like we were that competitive and since the Christmas break, they have really given us a different car.

“It’s just a real reward to the whole team and all the boys and girls, they’ve worked just as hard in the Christmas break as what we did in the first year bringing Gen3 in.

“It’s just nice to get a win finally.

“It’s been a while for me, since Adelaide a year and a half ago, since my last one so you start to think with all these young whippersnappers coming in that maybe I’m a little bit past it, but I feel 21 today and I’m going to feel 21 tomorrow.”

Chaz Mostert rips a burnout. Pic: Supplied/Mark Horsburgh

WAU chief Bruce Stewart had on Friday spoken of the power of momentum, and the hope that one win would open the floodgates.

Finally enjoying qualifying consistency, Mostert now appears genuinely confident in the car underneath him.

Could this be the year he fights for a championship?

“First thing’s first, you have got to try to get these race wins and keep getting the points,” Mostert replied.

“Will (Brown) has shown this year where he is leading the championship, his bad day is kind of a second or third at the moment.

“We had an awesome opportunity at Taupō when they weren’t as quick in the rain to try to get some points back and unfortunately we probably lost more points in that race to keep the gap a bit closer. It has definitely blown out a bit now.

“A long year to go, but we need to just keep focusing on race wins and keep the pace in the car.

“I think here has been a great step for us but like anything, you can’t get too far ahead of yourself.

“There’s so many different tracks and weaknesses, you see some cars up some weekends, some down. No doubt we’ll have that as well.

“I think the biggest thing for us this year is we have probably been pretty consistent in qualifying pace.

“You need to start at the pointy end to have a real crack, definitely in these sprint kind of format races, so we need to keep trying to do what we do there.

“Race car this weekend I think has taken a big step which is probably something that has been a little bit weaker at some other places. Just one step at a time.”

Sunday Supercars action at Wanneroo Raceway starts with Practice 3 at 9:40am local time (11:40am AEST).

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