Prodrive Racing Australia driver Chaz Mostert is the only competitor who can prevent the Red Bull Holden Racing Team or DJR Team Penske from winning the 2017 Supercars title.
His results have turned the title into a three-way race. Mostert is on 2208 points and is battling with Fabian Coulthard of Penske, Jamie Whincup of Red Bull HRT, Scott McLaughlin of Penske and Shan van Gisbergen as the Supercars series head east for this weekend’s Gold Coast 600. He occupies the fourth out of those five spots.
Mostert told The Daily Telegraph, “It is going to be on. And I guess I am kind of lucky to be one of the guys not from the two big teams in this.”
Mostert may have been making reference to the ego clashes that sometimes occur between drivers on the same team. It takes place in every racing code where there are occasions when one member is asked to sacrifice to for the benefit of another and contributes to some tension all around.
“I think all the focus is on them and they are focusing on each other a lot. There will be some good racing and it would be great to be that guy,’’ Mostert said.
Mostert moved up in the standings when Whincup and McLaughlin had rough outings at the Bathurst 1000.
He had a good race at Bathurst and seemed to be able to deal well with both wet and dry conditions. “Bathurst was very frustrating,’’ Mostert said.
“Even though I was thinking about the championship, I had good car pace in both the wet and dry so I was pretty geed-up to try and win it. The whole championship thing was in the back of my mind.”
Mostert has not always fared well at Gold Coast, so that could well be in the back of his mind when he takes the track this weekend.