Boost Mobile Racing powered by Erebus drivers Will Brown and Brodie Kostecki have secured bests of 5th and 6th respectively in the final day at Wanneroo Raceway today.
Starting from the second row for the second time this weekend, Brodie was quick off the line and beat his cousin Jake to the first corner to take P3. Will, behind him in P6, also moved up one spot and slot in behind both Kostecki’s for P5.
The race came to a big halt on lap 2 after Scott Pye was sent into the wall after contact with Jack Le Brocq, causing a red-flag and almost an hour stoppage as crews worked to repair the pit wall.
After almost an hour the race resumed, and Will was the first of the lead group to pit on lap 20. He stopped for fresh left-hand side tyres, while Brodie’s race engineer George Commins gave the #99 pilot a pit option for the next lap. The second Boost Mobile Commodore immediately followed and with a lightning quick stop was fast to re-join the pack.
With a 5-second penalty handed to Cameron Waters in front, Brodie and Will who sat P3 and P4 respectively had their sights set firmly on a double podium.
The complexion of the race changed on lap 35 when Will came to a halt at Turn 2 after he lost power to his Holden and ultimately ruled him out of the race. The Safety Car was deployed and bunched the field up.
With only 6 laps remaining, Brodie did his best to hold off the pack behind and maintain that 5-second window. Unfortunately, with those behind on better rubber, the pack got by Brodie in the final laps and he ultimately finished P6.
Will was the front-runner this time around from P7 on the grid and wasted no time to move through the lead pack and make his way to P4 by the end of lap 3.
Meanwhile Brodie, who started today’s second race from P11, got off the line well to maintain position.
The #99 driver reported tyre wear on lap 18 and immediately headed for pit lane for left-side tyres. Will followed 4 laps later for the same rubber and it was two perfect stops this time for the Erebus crew.
On lap 40 Garry Jacobson stopped on the outside of Turn 4 and caused the final Safety Car and resulted in a 2-lap dash to the finish line.
Looking to take advantage of the condensed field from P10, Brodie took a dive down the inside of Turn 7 for a move on Broc Feeney and Jake Kostecki. The bold move didn’t stick though and ultimately both Kostecki’s ended up in the gravel; Brodie eventually crossing the line in P21.
Will, who was P6 on the restart, had a far more successful run home and passed David Reynolds on the final lap and reached the checkered flag 5th.
The team and their precious cargo now head back to Victoria where they prepare for the next round at Winton Motor Raceway, May 21 – 22.