Boost Mobile Racing powered by Erebus has turned around their weekend, with Will Brown and Brodie Kostecki achieving their best results on the final day at the Australian Grand Prix.
Celebrating his 50th Supercars race, Will got an impressive start and was quick off the line to make up four spots by the first corner, moving up beside his teammate Brodie who started from P9.
The Safety Car was called that same lap as Jack Smith couldn’t get off the starting grid, and as racing resumed both Boost Mobile drivers had their elbows out.
Will pit at the end of lap 4 for fresh rubber, and was closely followed by Brodie who came in the following lap. 12 laps later, the field was cleansed with Brodie running P7 and Will not far behind in P9.
The laps that followed were fairly straight forward until Shane van Gisbergen’s tyre blew with 2 laps to go which saw Brodie and Will each gain a position.
The Erebus duo raced hard right until the checkered flag and after a 5-second penalty was handed to Cameron Waters, Brodie was elevated to P5 at the finish, with Will just behind in P8.
Meanwhile IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom and Hino Racing’s Scott Pye moved forwards to score a ninth and 11th place finish respectively in the final race of the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 at Albert Park.
Pye and Winterbottom started 13th and 17th on the grid and both made up a spot on the opening lap before a safety car was called to recover a car stuck on the grid.
Pye came in for his stop on Lap 4 and rejoined in 16th on track, while Winterbottom pitted four laps later and emerged in 14th.
Winterbottom locked up and ran off the road at Turn 9 two laps later, before recovering to sit in 12th and 13th once the pit stop cycle was completed.
Winterbottom passed Holdsworth for 11th with three laps to go before a tyre failure for Van Gisbergen and a five-second penalty for Feeney saw Winterbottom and Pye finish up in ninth and 11th respectively.
Pye leaves Albert Park as the new official race lap record holder, with a 1:46.0060 set in Race 8 on Saturday.
Up the front Chaz Mostert took out the last win of the weekend after an error from Shane van Gisbergen that made the race winner Mostert believe that van Gisbergen was putting a late move on him.
As for van Gisbergen, the weekend was rounded out by receiving the Larry Perkins Trophy and had this to say about getting handed the trophy by the legend himself.
“It was so cool to be presented the Larry Perkins Trophy by Larry Perkins himself – it was a real privilege to win that one. I love Larry and his history in the sport, even seeing him now undertaking all of the projects he is and how enthusiastic he is about everything – it’s great. It was a shame to end the race the way it did.”
“I was joking with Chaz (Mostert) before the race and saying that I wasn’t going to make it easy for him on his birthday, but unfortunately I did make it easy on him. I tried to hold off as long as I could but the tyre gave way with only a couple of laps to go which sucked. I made an error and unfortunately the tyre didn’t last. I tried to go slow and take the load off the tyre, but obviously it had other ideas. It’s a shame because we could have won the round by so much more, but it is what it is.”