Mostert wins amid Melbourne tire chaos

The Repco Supercars Championship returned to Albert Park for the third round of the season, and the first race of the weekend was chaotic with an unknown tire peel on the newly paved track.

For the first time since the famous cancellation round in 2020, Supercars joined Formula 1 at Albert Park, and after the first practice and qualifying sessions, changes were already being made to the track after Broc Feeney and Jake Kostecki crashed separately at the turn. five.

Both crashes caused lengthy delays as the foam barrier at Turn 5 needed to be repaired, which was then changed on Thursday afternoon before Formula 1 hit the track.

“I had too much speed on the entry and couldn’t catch it,” Feeney told after his crash.

“Just a stupid mistake…I don’t know what happened there.”

Feeney’s car was repaired for Friday’s action, qualifying eighth and eleventh for the final two races of the weekend.

But all eyes were on Feeney’s teammate and championship leader Shane van Gisbergen as he would start Friday afternoon’s race from 23rd on the grid. But no one could predict the chaos that would ensue.

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After long races with the soft tire and Sydney Motorsport Park and Symmons Plains, the teams relied on the soft tire to behave the same way in the race at Albert Park.

As the race began with David Reynolds starting from pole position, the teams began to realize that the softer tire had terrible boundary issues.

Supercars was able to show viewers just how bad the delineation was throughout the 20-lap race, with some drivers only lasting seven or eight laps before their tires ran out completely.

Worst hit were Will Davison and teammate Anton De Pasquale, with De Pasquale’s front left tire failing in Turn 1 late in the race, and the former victory contenders finished 16th and 23rd respectively.

Amid all the chaos, the man of the match performance went to Shane van Gisbergen, coming from 23rd on the grid to finish on the bottom step of the podium.

Chaz Mostert avoided the chaos to win his second race of the season.

With Mostert and van Gisbergen, David Reynolds, Tim Slade and Nick Percat knew how to play the right strategy to occupy the first five places in the peloton.

Macauley Jones and Garry Jacobson were surprised in the top ten, also playing the right strategy, while many others fell through the pack, some making two pit stops in the 20-lap race.

The Supercars will return to the track on Saturday for races 7 and 8 of the championship.

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