Defending Bathurst 1000 champion Chaz Mostert won the second race of the Sydney 300 to take the Supercars Championship lead in wet and difficult conditions.
Shane van Gisbergen, who had won the first race of the weekend, finished sixth – but was scathing about his own efforts.
“The first half of my race was pretty bad driving on my behalf,” van Gisbergen said.
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The Kiwi superstar had qualified 21st for the race after registering a curb strike on his fast lap.
He managed to recover several places in the closing stages of the race, but Mostert was far too good, finishing comfortably ahead of Brodie Kostecki in second and Anton De Pasquale, who completed the podium.
“The car was really good in the dry, then in the mixed wet and dry conditions we weren’t very good,” said van Gisbergen.
“The team had a great strategy in place to get us back in the lead. Then we had a chance to move up a few places. I made better calls and the team did a good job putting rain tires at the right time.
“Sixth place is a great result compared to 21st, but that doesn’t tell the story of how our day went as a whole.”
Mostert leads De Pasquale in second and Van Gisbergen in third in the Supercars championship standings.
This is the first time that Mostert leads the championship in his career.
“I never thought I would have an orange number on my car,” said Mostert, who finished third on Saturday.
“Driving and seeing this board (championship leader) is pretty cool.
“It’s cool to tick that box on the list…I don’t know where to start. What a race, what a weekend for us.
“Super happy for the whole team.”
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