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Mostert targets flying start to 2024

CHAZ Mostert has a simple goal after cutting his Supercars first laps of the year: return to the top step of the podium as quickly as possible.

Mostert strung together a solid 2023 season, finishing as Ford’s highest-ranked driver in the championship in fourth despite failing to register a race win.

With aero parity hoped to be a non-issue following wind tunnel testing and neither Shane van Gisbergen nor Brodie Kostecki on the grid for Round 1, the stage is set for Mostert to challenge for a long-awaited championship.

But his sights are set much nearer, for now.

“The best thing about the first round is obviously that everyone’s championship points are back to zero, so everyone at this point of the year is thinking bigger and better things than last year,” he said.

“We didn’t get a win last year, so that’s something we obviously want to tick off nice and early in the season.”

Mostert and rookie teammate Ryan Wood yesterday turned laps at Phillip Island as part of a ride day, providing a timely opportunity to dust off cobwebs before a crucial Winton test next week.

“We want to try to get a race win at the start of this year. We didn’t get one last year and I’m still a bit bitter about that, to be completely honest,” Mostert reiterated.

The two-time Bathurst 1000 winner will this year have Sam Scaffidi as his race engineer, after Adam DeBorre elected to step back and solely operate in Super2.

“I have got a new engineer this year with Sam Scaffidi. I have worked with him previously at other teams (Tickford Racing) but it’s the first time of him being the whole reins of the car engineer for me,” he said.

“I get along with Sam, he’s awesome and a big addition to have at the team. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do this year.”

Chaz Mostert’s 2024 livery. Pic: Supplied/Race Project

Wood meanwhile heads into the Thrifty Bathurst 500 as the only driver without a Repco Supercars Championship start under his belt.

The fact the 2024 season opens at Mount Panorama, he feels, will be beneficial come Repco Bathurst 1000 time in October.

“It’s really great to start at Bathurst. For me it’s a nice build-up before the 1000,” said the Kiwi.

“I didn’t get to co-drive last year so doing that is going to be really cool and hopefully just gets me that step forward before we get there at the 1000.”

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