Ford’s Chaz Mostert has predicted “pretty wild” racing for Saturday afternoon’s opening 200km race at Pukekohe after setting the pace in the final practice before qualifying.
The Tickford Racing star topped the third practice session at the Auckland Supersprint ahead of Brad Jones Racing’s Nick Percat, fellow Mustang racer Will Davison and championship leader Scott McLaughlin.
All three practice sessions so far have been topped by Tickford Racing drivers after Davison and Lee Holdsworth set the pace on Friday.
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Chaz Mostert is looking forward to qualifying in Auckland.Source:News Regional Media
Mostert, who sits second in the Supercars championship behind McLaughlin, said resurfacing of the track from turns one to four had made the racing through that sector fast.
“You kind of pucker up going through there,” Mostert said.
“I think they have lost a couple of bumps through turn one, but because the speeds are up there is still a bump in there that really reacts to the car and that’s when you are trying to get focus for turn two.
“You hit this bump and try to work out if you’re losing the rear or you’re understeering more and then somehow focus onto flow the speed through two and three.
“It is going to be pretty wild out there. It will be interesting to see what the (tyre) degradation is like, obviously (with) a new surface the degradation is not as high, but the tyres are going to be copping it out there so we’ll see how we go.”
McLaughlin will be aiming for a piece of Supercars history at Pukekohe, needing just one more win to eclipse Holden great Craig Lowndes’ 1996 record of 16 wins in a single season.
Originally published asMostert keeps Tickford in Auckland limelight
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