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Beginning the two-day event on a high, Mostert claimed his second pole of 2019 with a 1m30.29s.
Mostert but had a tough start to Race 13 with cars flying on and off track in the opening lap but fell into a rhythm for the remainder of the 40-lap race.
After taking his stop Mostert focused on trying to catch McLaughlin for the lead, but the leading Mustang proved too quick for Mostert who crossed the line in P2, just over a second behind the leader.
The Podium is Mostert’s 5th of the 2019 Season and he also remained 5th in the overall Championship.
“I’m a little bit disappointed, when you start on pole you want to win, but it just shows how quick these guys (DJR-Team Penske) are, and we have to keep moving forward. The good thing is I think car balance-wise we matched them today, but there’s just some componentry stuff we need to work on.”
Mostert started P5 on Sunday and had a rough start to the 67-lap race, sending his Supercheap Auto Mustang into the gravel at Turn 7 on Lap 1.
He fell to the back of the pack and picked up a spot before firing wide again at Turn 3 on Lap 2.
Mostert was also later handed a 15-second penalty for a Turn 10 clash with James Courtney, which demoted him further down the order.
Mostert served his penalty and worked his way back into P15 before opting to pit in the late Safety Car period for fresh tyres and advancing to P10 after the restart.
Mostert has now dropped from 5th to 6th in the Supercars Championship Standings.
“Not the best day, started P5 but made a mistake on the first lap being a bit aggressive which put us back. Adam did a great strategy so I could have a crack but I don’t think the penalties are very consistent for the crime. Lucky for me we got a safety car and made top ten, it was good to salvage something from a disaster race!”
Mostert will now prepare for the Darwin TripleCrown for Round 7 of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, to be held on 14- 16 June with all races to be televised LIVE on Fox Sports.
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- 1 – Scott McLaughlin, Shell V-Power Racing – 1646 points
- 2 – Fabian Coulthard, Shell V-Power Racing – 1402 points
- 3 – Shane Van Gisbergen, Red Bull Holden Racing – 1231 points
- 4 – David Reynolds, Penrite Racing – 1220 points
- 5 – Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Holden Racing – 1168 points
- 6 – Chaz Mostert, Supercheap Auto Racing – 1160 points
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