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Mostert on getting elbows out against van Gisbergen

CHAZ Mostert has addressed a critical mid-race moment where he and Shane van Gisbergen collided yesterday in Adelaide.

For the past two seasons, drivers have generally been criticised for not racing van Gisbergen hard enough.

The 2022 champion-elect was on a charge from the back yesterday, carving his way through the field until finding trouble when trying to pass Mostert around the outside of Turn 6 on the Lap 41 restart.

Mostert took the inside line to defend, side-to-side contact was made, and van Gisbergen nosed into the barriers, losing 14 positions in the process.

He would then crash all on his own eight laps later, while Mostert went on to take a superb victory.

“It was really hard after a Safety Car to clean the tyres up from whatever stuff was getting on them, so I was pretty vulnerable the first lap and Shane was all over me,” Mostert explained.

“I just made sure I kept staying to the inside when he was trying to drive up around the outside of me.

“Turn 6 was especially bad there and he did have a run from 5 up to 6 to get decent overlap in front of me but I was going to make sure I could make him stay as wide as possible, because that’s what he would do to me.

“Once I saw him go off, I was like ‘that sucks for him’ but that’s what was happening, that’s what you needed to do, was get on that clean line.”

Mostert and Nick Percat. Pic: Mark Horsburgh

Celebrations of Walkinshaw Andretti United’s one-two result began with Mostert and Nick Percat driving side-by-side on the in-lap – something which proved more challenging than met the eye.

“We were going side-by-side on the in-lap and the track is so sketchy offline that we were having the biggest moments at like 10km/hr,” Mostert laughed.

“It felt like the cars were on go-jacks down there at (Turns) 9 and 11 when we were offline, so you can see how hectic it was for everyone out there just to finish that race.

“As soon as you made one little error and you got the car in the wrong spot there was no stopping that thing.”

Supercars action resumes today with Qualifying for Race 34 starting at 11am local time (11:30am AEDT) ahead of another Top 10 Shootout and 78-lap race.

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