Heading into the WA round of the Supercars Championship, the Tickford Racing team were confident after being successful at the Sydney night round in 2018. The newly resurfaced Barbagallo circuit was faster than itíd been in 15-years and with a 3rd spot in the current championship standings, Chaz Mostert wasnít about to let up. Especially not since he was returning to the track where he took his first ever Supercars race win.

Opened in 1969 and formerly known as Wanneroo Park, Barbagallo Raceway is located in Neerabup, approximately 50 kilometres north of Perth in Western Australia.


ďObviously the spectacle of night racing will be cool to be a part of again, Sydney was a great event last year with all the fireballs and pyrotechnics, so Iím looking forward to it. The new track surface and racing at night could really make it interesting with how we set up the car, Iíll be leaning on Adam (De Borre) to dig into his bag of tricks and help us find a magic set up, but it should be fun. Perthís always a great round, I really enjoy going there, so itíll be great to get out the with the fans in WA.Ē

During Thursdayís Practice 1, Mostert wasted no time posting a time of 53.24-seconds, making him the second fastest car one track. Chaz also shared his enthusiasm for the night racing format.

ďFirst of all I wish we could do all our races night racing, because I actually had time to play nine holes of golf today, so that was fantastic. Good pre-running into todayís practice, so that was fantastic. For me, itís awesome, I kind of think about the old Calder Park days, where you used to watch the main straight lit up and the rest was pretty dark, so I actually kind of like that there (are) some patches out there. I think itís very old school, and itís the same as Eastern Creek; where there are patches, you actually feel like youíre going so quick in this night patch, and then youíre coming up on this daylight, itís super cool. It feels like youíre in some super, hyper, fast tunnel, I like it. I feel like Iím in ĎTroní or something.Ē


After qualifying 3rd on the grid for Race 11, Chaz made a great pass on Car 88 in the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang coming into Our 6. With only 7 laps to go i the 50 lap race, he held his ground and secured his 43rd career podium coming in third place.

ďItís fantastic. Itís been a couple of rounds since weíve gotten a trophy, so its great here to come to Perth, and obviously the Pirtek Perth SuperNight has been pretty cool. I didnít expect to get third, I was kind of in a (Triple Eight Race Engineering) sandwich there in the dying stages of that race. Iím glad Jamie (Whincup) struggled a bit more on tyres than me, and I was able to get the pass done and just knuckle down for the last couple laps. I didnít expect to be up here, but it shows that weíve made some improvements with the car.Ē


Saturdayís race didnít follow the success of Friday with the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang suffering an early retirement due to an engine component failure. It was a disappointing end to the weekend for Chaz and the team as he hadnít had a DNF in over a year.

ďWhat can you do? Obviously itís very disappointing to have a mechanical, have something out of your control happen when we could have been on for a podium tonight. The car was pretty good, obviously we qualified on the front two rows again, and when youíre in a good position like that you need to capitalise. Unfortunately we just had some bad luck tonight, itíll hurt quite a bit in the championship, but thatís motorsport. Weíll get back to the workshop and the boys will dissect exactly what happened, and weíll tune it back up for Winton.Ē


With a third of the season already over, Chaz sits in 5th place in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Racing continues May 25-26 at the Winton SuperSprint in regional Victoria.


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