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Mostert hails introduction of live pitlane order

SUPERCARS’ move to adopt a live pitlane order this year has brought a welcome increase in relevance for the teams’ championship, says Chaz Mostert.

As opposed to years gone by where teams’ position in the pitlane was set for an entire season based off rankings from the previous campaign, in 2024 it’s determined by the standings at the end of the most recent round.

What has followed has been a flurry of changes round to round, with Mostert’s team Walkinshaw Andretti United among those to have experienced the highs and lows.

WAU slipped to ninth in the teams’ championship after the Bathurst 500, before climbing all the way up to second courtesy of a stellar showing last weekend in Perth.

That means the Clayton squad at Darwin will be the furthest up the lane it’s been since 2017 (based on finishing second in the 2016 teams’ championship when it was HRT).

Naturally, that’s good news for WAU, but Mostert had broader reasons for publicly supporting the live pitlane concept.

“I think it’s actually a good thing, because we never used to talk about teams’ championship until the end of the year and where people get to,” he said.

“(Now) after a race weekend we go back and look at gaps and where you’re trying to battle and see if you can make improvements. So there’s a real incentive for teams in pitlane to be trying to push and move forward and better themselves.

“Before this year we have never really ever spoken about it until the end of the year… so I think it’s fantastic.”

Bruce Stewart and Tickford co-owner Rod Nash (right). Pic: Ross Gibb

WAU CEO Bruce Stewart similarly hailed the interest attached to the initiative, and is looking forward to the challenge of now maintaining its place towards the pointy end.

“It has been a long time since we’ve lined up next to the guys at Triple Eight, so that’s exciting,” said Stewart.

“But if we don’t do a good enough job, we move back, so it keeps the pressure on. It’s a talking point and gives us an opportunity to fight up the front.”

Such is Triple Eight’s points advantage that it is guaranteed the top garages for Round 6 in Townsville, regardless of what happens at Hidden Valley.

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