Erebus Boost Mobile Racing’s Brodie Kostecki and David Russell have both claimed their first Bathurst 1000 podium finishes in spectacular fashion at Mount Panorama today.
Teammates Will Brown and Jack Perkins didn’t have the same luck on their side, with a failure stopping them in their tracks.
Starting side-by-side on the fifth row of the grid, David set the Boost Mobile Commodore up from the start, claiming five spots during his opening stint.
Will started next to him, and also made some gains at the beginning, before handing the reins over to Jack on lap 17.
The Shaw and Partners Commodore was powering through the field until lap 29 when a power steering problem sent the car into the garage.
The crew worked hard to get the car back on track and claim valuable points, though now 14 laps down, the rest of the day was not going to be easy.
Fast forward to lap 94, and Dave held off Craig Lowndes for P4 all the way until he took his final stop, handing the car over to Brodie for the run home.
Brodie then took his final stop for fuel and tyres on lap 139, moments before a Safety Car was called when Anton De Pasquale stopped at the exit of the Cutting. Shane van Gisbergen and Cameron Waters stopped under yellow flag conditions and ultimately made Brodie’s fight for the podium even harder.
The #99 lost track position though lapping faster than anyone on track, Brodie was chasing down Waters for P3 before an issue with van Gisbergen’s right front tyre saw him drop down the grid with Brodie taking advantage.
Brodie flew across the top of the mountain and past van Gisbergen, clipping the wall on the way through at The Grate, and taking the final spot of the podium.
It marks the second podium for the team at the Bathurst 1000, meanwhile Will regained three laps by the end of the race, crossing the line in P20.
Today’s result sees Will and Brodie finish 8th and 9th respectively in the drivers’ points, and Erebus Motorsport finishing 5th in the team’s Championship.
It also sees the Shaw and Partners Foundation donate another $25,000 to the team’s charity Feel the Magic, making it a total of $75,000 across the weekend.