17 MAR 2019
Mostert claims Larry Perkins Trophy at AGP
Having finished second in Race 6 from the Melbourne 400, Chaz Mostert (Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) has been awarded the Larry Perkins Trophy, reserved for the driver who scored the most points over the four-race Supercars weekend. The Race 6 result is the 43rd podium of Mostert's career.
Close behind the 26-year old was Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang), who rebounded from a disappointing Race 5 to finish fourth in Race 6. In the four clean races Waters has contested this year, he has finished in the top four in each.
Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) rounded out the top five, continuing the impressive consistency of the start of his 2019. Davison remains fourth in points for 23Red Racing after the first two rounds of the year.
In a nice change of pace on Sunday, Lee Holdsworth (The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) finished ninth in a clean race for The Bottle-O Racing Team. It was the second time on the weekend in which the team placed all four cars in the top ten.
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship next races on at Symmons Plains Raceway in the Tasmania SuperSprint, April 5-7.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Race 6 Start: 10th
Race 6 Finish: 9th
"It was a solid result, that's the best race car I've had, so we made improvements over the weekend. I feel like we've got a direction on what I need, and overall we gained some points for the weekend and finally had a clean race. Next round the focus is qualifying. We know we've got the race speed, so we're looking forward to getting back out at the next round."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Race 6 Start: 4th
Race 6 Finish: 4th
"It was an okay day. I got an okay start, and had a bit of pace on (Jamie) Whincup before the Safety Car came out, but after that restart my car struggled to come back up, so we didn't really need the Safety Car. My car was probably better than race 2 (of the weekend), would have been good to have race 3 so we could have evolved it again for today, but we finished, scored some more points, and we're on to Tasmania."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Race 6 Start: 1st
Race 6 Finish: 2nd
"Overall, just to recap the weekend, it's been a fantastic weekend for the Supercheap Auto Mustang, to get the Larry Perkins award and get my name next to this legend here (Jamie Whincup, 2018 Larry Perkins Trophy winner) is pretty cool. After coming here last year, I didn't think there'd be a chance this year, but we obviously showed we've done a lot of work at Tickford and made the cars pretty quick. I'm looking forward to the next one in Tassie, after Adelaide I felt we had potential to get a trophy there but just didn't capitalise on it, so it's fantastic to do that this weekend.
(Today) was the best start I've done all weekend, so there's still room there to improve. It was always going to be won or lost at the first corner. I felt like we probably had very similar cars, me and Scotty (McLaughlin), but once I'm up on the astroturf, it probably wasn't a good idea driving up the inside of him at (Turn) 2."
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Race 6 Start: 6th
Race 6 Finish: 5th
"The good thing is I think it's the best the car had been all weekend, which is encouraging. We went back on a few changes and made another change, so yeah, I think it was a good step forward on the direction of the set up. Pretty straightforward race but the car was quite good. I'm happy with the points, for sure, and I think we're starting to understand what we need out of the car a bit more, so it was a really beneficial weekend on our car."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"I think everyone in pit lane knew whoever came out of the first corner with the lead had the race in hand, and unfortunately Chaz couldn't get the drive he needed to make it happen, but overall it's a great end to a great weekend for us. It's very, very hard to put four cars in the top ten in this championship, and we did it twice in three days. It wasn't a perfect weekend, obviously we had a couple of bumps in the road, but to come out of here with a heap of trophies – we had a car on the podium in every race – is a huge boost for the team, and it shows in the crew."