ZAK BROWN OFFERS MOSTERT UNIQUE BATHURST WIN REWARD

Moffat poses with the Monza. Pic: an1images.com / Ian Smith

WALKINSHAW Andretti United co-owner and McLaren Formula 1 boss Zak Brown has offered Chaz Mostert a unique reward for his victory in the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000.

Brown has pledged via Twitter to give Mostert a chance to drive the ex-Allan Moffat Chevrolet Monza from his extensive car collection.

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Victory for Mostert and co-driver Lee Holdsworth on Sunday marked the first Great Race win for the WAU alliance, which brought Andretti Autosport and Brown’s United Autosports into Supercars.

The result sparked speculation of what Brown might offer Mostert, given the American gave Daniel Ricciardo a drive in an ex-Dale Earnhardt NASCAR as a reward for winning an F1 race this season.

Asked in Sunday’s post-race press conference what he’d like to drive, Mostert said of discussions with Brown: ”We never really settled on anything, but I reckon he owes me now for sure.

“I’d better have a look through his garage and work out what I want to drive. I think there’ll be a couple of happy co-owners.”

Holdsworth celebrates as Mostert passes by. Pic: Supplied

Allan’s son James Moffat, who finished second in the Great Race as co-driver to Cam Waters was in the press conference and pointed out that Brown owns the Monza.

“That sounds pretty cool, that’d be a good story,” Mostert responded.

The car was one of a handful of IMSA-spec Monzas built by DeKon Engineering in the United States in 1975, and campaigned by Moffat in a handful of IMSA races that year.

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Moffat then bought the car and shipped it home. After extensive debate about its eligibility, he drove it in selected events on the way to the 1976 Sports Sedan title.

It completed only a handful more races in Moffat’s hands before being sold off, eventually heading back to the US in the 1990s.

The car was purchased by Brown earlier this year.