Chaz Mostert leads the way during the V8 Supercars Championship round at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich.
Chaz Mostert leads the way during the V8 Supercars Championship round at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich. DARREN ENGLAND

Mostert survives late challenge to claim Super Sprint

MOTORSPORT: Chaz Mostert survived an eight-lap assault from Scott McLaughlin to end the DJR Team Penske star's hot streak and announce Prodrive Racing Australia as the championship dark horse.

In a frantic finish to the Queensland Super Sprint, Mostert was force to fend off McLaughlin in a fight to the end after another spate of blown tyres brought out a safety car on lap 49.

Mostert was powering his way to his second win of the year after scoring an emphatic start-line win over McLaughlin when the dodgy rubber wiped away his three-second lead.

Mostert's win keeps him in touch with Penske powerhouse McLaughlin and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team's Jamie Whincup, who fought hard to finish fourth.

Chaz Mostert (right) celebrates with members of the Supercheap Auto Racing Ford Falcon team.
Chaz Mostert (right) celebrates with members of the Supercheap Auto Racing Ford Falcon team. DARREN ENGLAND

"It is great to win here again at Queensland Raceway,” Mostert said.

"And it is a credit to all the boys. We had a great car and it is fantastic to get back up here.”

Mostert said the safety car that forced him into the late fight was not needed.

"I was a bit annoyed with the safety car,” he said.

"I had gone around and there wasn't much debris. I really wasn't expecting it and I was a bit worried because there were some guys with better rubber on.”

Scott McLaughlin in the Shell V-Power Racing team Ford Falcon in the pits before Sunday's SuperSprint round.
Scott McLaughlin in the Shell V-Power Racing team Ford Falcon in the pits before Sunday's SuperSprint round. DARREN ENGLAND

Earlier, the McLaughlin show continued at the Queensland track with the V8 man-of-the-moment breaking an Ipswich lap record to equal Dick Johnson's record of five straight pole positions.

Fresh from winning the opening race of the weekend to extend his championship lead, the McLaughlin went fastest ever at Queensland Raceway to secure his latest front row start for Sunday's 200km SuperSprint.

McLaughlin blasted a 1.08.42 on his last flyer to re-break the record he took earlier in the session.

Whincup ensured a championship fight up front by qualifying third after being edged out by Mostert.

McLaughlin extended his championship points lead over Red Bull racer Jamie Whincup to 111 points on Saturday when he was untouchable in the first instalment of the Ipswich event.

But his run of luck ended on the start-line on Sunday when he was blitzed by Mostert and Whincup.

Chaz Mostert pilots his Ford up the inside during the Super Sprint event at Ipswich.
Chaz Mostert pilots his Ford up the inside during the Super Sprint event at Ipswich. DARREN ENGLAND

Mostert was then passed by Whincup in the first round of stops with the Ford driver opting to take on more fuel.

But the PRA driver grabbed his spot back and took control of the race on lap 36 when Whincup was forced to make a longer stop after going short during his first fill.

McLaughlin then set up the thrilling finish when he passed Jamie Whincup for second on lap 49.



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