V8SC | Mostert and Ford continue their dominance

2015 V8 Supercars Championship | Sydney Motorsport Park

Article and Images by Rhys Vandersyde

V8 Supercars | Sunday

A few days of sensational weather in Sydney abruptly came to an end with Sunday’s V8 Supercars fans being greeted with rain and thunderstorms at the start of the day.

The rain stopped long enough to allow the Sydney Motorsport Park to dry out giving the teams a dry qualifying session although wet conditions would continue later in the day.

Qualifying Race 23

With only 20 minutes to qualify, the track continued to dry out providing the four Prodrive Racing Australia teams ample time to notch up the fastest lap times.

Although with seconds counting down, Scott McLaughlin’s (Wilson Security Racing) Volvo came out of nowhere to arrive at the top of the timing charts.

Ford’s David Reynolds (Bottle-O Racing) was fast enough to line up alongside McLaughlin with Chaz Mostert (Pepsi Max Crew) and Shane Van Gisbergen (Team Darrell Lea) were set to start from third and fourth positions on the second row of the grid.

Race 23

It wasn’t of matter of if it was going to rain, it was just a matter of when and would only cause havoc with most teams opting for the slick Dunlop tyre.

McLaughlin made the most of his pole position clearing off to lead the opening lap with the Ford teams in hot pursuit. Further back in the field, Todd Kelly (Nissan Motorsport) and David Wall (Wilson Security Racing) came together with heavy contact that brought out the first safety car.

The safety car triggered the entire field to dive into the pits to complete their first compulsory stop. A lightning fast pit stop by the Pepsi Max Crew team put Chaz Mostert into the lead of the race.

As predicted the rain arrived on lap 24 with a short but heavy downpour that forced everyone to dive back into the pits to swap from slicks to wet tyres and complete their final compulsory stop of the race.

However the rain also caused the second safety car when Dale Wood (GB Galvanizing Racing) slipped off turn 1 and ending up in the gravel trap.

With the laps counting down and a drying track, conserving the wet tyres would be a factor in the final laps.

Mostert (Pepsi Max Crew) would triumph in the tricky conditions. The Brad Jones Racing duo of Fabian Coulthard (Freightliner Racing) and Jason Bright (Team BOC) would also excel in the wet, moving through the field with some quick work in the pits, to claim second and third.

After the race Mostert confirmed “We pitted at the right times and the car was good in the rain, so it was a good day for us”.

While Bright’s podium result was unexpected “I had to double stack that race, so I didn’t expect to be on the podium after being last after the first safety car”.

Images by Rhys Vandersyde

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