Chaz Mostert crushes TCR field in wet Phillip Island opener
Chaz Mostert proved unstoppable in the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series taking a dominant victory in wet conditions at Phillip Island for Race 1.
Heavy rain soaked the circuit in the lead-up to the first race with the wet weather affecting the duration of the 14-lap encounter.
In a masterclass performance, Mostert won by half a minute in his Melbourne Performance Centre-prepared Audi RS3 as all the action unfolded behind him.
Lee Holdsworth and Luke King battled for second position in the first portion of the race as Mostert cleared off.
King put a move on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Holdsworth at MG after being trapped behind his rear wing for five laps as Holdsworth fell into the clutches of John Martin.
Martin, at the wheel of his Honda Civic Type R, wasn’t able to find a way by and settled for fourth, while Tony D’Alberto was fifth in a Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R.
Aaron Cameron bought the GRM Peugeot 308 TCR home in sixth ahead of Josh Buchan who survived two off-track excursions to finish seventh in his HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30N.
Peugeot 308 compatriots Jason Bargwanna and Ben Bargwanna were eighth and ninth while debutant Lachlan Mineeff completed the top 10 in an MPC Volkswagon Golf GTI.
Such was his commanding victory that Mostert’s fastest lap of the race was almost two-seconds quicker than anyone else in the field.
Series leader coming into Race 1, Jordan Cox, finished 13th, with Holdsworth taking over the points lead.
Race 2 is scheduled for 11:10 AEDT on Sunday.
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