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Mostert hails Supercars wind tunnel test program

BACK in July, a rare Chaz Mostert outburst called on the Repco Supercars Championship to do things properly.

He’d just ridden a nifty three-stop strategy to third place in Race 1 of the Townsville 500, dubbed on live television by the frustrated Walkinshaw Andretti United star as a “class win”.

“Every other category around the world uses wind tunnels and does homologation processes to the best that they can,” Mostert said in the subsequent post-race press conference.

“I don’t know any other category that still runs cars up and down a runway to work out what’s going on, to be completely honest.”

Amid ongoing scrutiny, Supercars this morning announced it will revamp its parity process to feature wind tunnel usage, as well as transient dyno and torque sensor testing.

Responding to that news, Mostert praised Supercars for its investment.

“Obviously I don’t know the whole ins and outs of everything that gets tested, I’m just a race car driver that goes round and round in circles,” he began to V8 Sleuth.

“But I think anything like this, the way this year has been, it has shown a few times where there has been some things that have been slightly different between two different models of car.

“It’s always great to keep evolving those systems and do what’s completely available. Supercars taking action in this break and going wind tunnel testing and transient dynos and all that kind of stuff is just great.

“Any more information you can get and you can stop people talking about it is what’s so important in motor racing, when you have got multiple different brands and it’s super competitive as it is.”

He added his hope that the off-season program will put the parity debate to bed for good.

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“That’s obviously what they’re trying to do in the background because there has been a lot of talk about it this year,” said Mostert, who is the highest-placed Ford driver in the championship in fifth.

“We need to minimise that and just get back to doing what we should be doing, which is racing.

“No doubt over the years you have seen differences between different shapes and different brands and all that kind of stuff.

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“I think for whatever reason this year, with such a different philosophy change, it feels like it has popped up more so than what it has in previous years.

“When you change the whole philosophy of these cars and take away downforce, it has really probably shown this year how much the smallest gain is more sensitive.”

Mostert is now pleading with Supercars to consider the restoration of a three-round Enduro Cup including Gold Coast as a two-driver event.

In seasons 2020-22, the Bathurst 1000 was the sole two-driver event on the calendar, before the Sandown 500 was revived for this year.

“I’d really like to still put the pressure on to try to get back to a three-round enduro and have the Gold Coast back (in it),” said Mostert.

“It’s pretty brutal on the cars, pretty brutal on the drivers, but it’s a pretty cool spectacle when you have got a three-round enduro series and I really miss those years where we had that because it was another little mini-series involved inside a series to try to go for.”

Mostert won the 2017 Enduro Cup with Steve Owen.

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