Boost Mobile Racing powered by Erebus duo Brodie Kostecki and Jarrad Filsell proved hard to beat in last night’s edition of the Supercars Eseries, leading from lights out to claim victory at the virtual Sandown enduro.
Jarrad opened qualifying and got the Boost Mobile Commodore into the Top 5 Shootout where Brodie took the glory and laid down the quickest lap of the night – a 1:05.86 – and scored pole position.
It set the night up perfectly and with Brodie lining up against his All Stars counterparts, he got away well and quickly began to make inroads.
There was plenty going on in the background as Brodie built out his gap to the next best. The #99 driver had carved out a 10-second lead before the field reached 17-laps.
It was at that time most teams opted to swap their All Stars for their Pro driver, while Brodie continued to make time on the Pro’s, even after they stopped for fresher rubber.
Brodie made his way through lapped traffic and still punched out consistently quick lap times, giving the duo flexibility in their strategy, and opening up the option to give Brodie more laps.
It ultimately set the team up well for the back half of the race, with Brodie eventually pitting at the end of lap 28.
Jarrad took control of the team’s Holden for the run home and joined the field with a big lead and still 10-seconds ahead of Andre Heimgartner and Jake Burton in second.
The Safety Car was called on lap 33 though and bunched the field back up for what would be a 7-lap sprint to the finish.
With the freshest tyres in the field by a long way, Jarrad comfortably led the way home in what was a commanding performance by both Erebus drivers.
Brodie and Jarrad both didn’t put a foot wrong all night and now both lead the All Stars and Pro Series standings in the Supercars Eseries.
Brodie Kostecki said: “It was pretty exciting going into the race with Jarrad. We do a lot of racing with each other and we like to challenge each other as much as possible so it was good to share a car rather than battling each other for once. We had a really good pace, we were able to start on pole and drive away from the field. I managed to give the car back to Jarrad with no marks or scratches on it and he did a stellar job to win the race at the end. Jarrad and I put in a lot of work into the set up and made sure the car was driving well on all tyres. We were really happy with it once the race started and the car drove really well. It was fantastic to get the win tonight and secure more points for the All Stars series. I set out a goal at the start of the Eseries to try and win as many rounds as possible. I want to try and win every race and I’m getting closer to achieving that goal the more races we tick off.”
Jarrad Filsell added: “Brodie and I drive the car very similarly and work together outside of the Eseries so we find it easy to work together. We both want the exact same things from the car and we’re pretty transparent with each other about whether it’s good or bad, so it’s a great working relationship. The strategy going into the night was really just to pit as late as we could. We actually started a little bit short on fuel because we didn’t really expect the gap Brodie made to be as big as it was, so we were actually forced to pit when the car was out of fuel. It’s great to now be leading the championship, I haven’t led the championship at all in previous years of the Eseries. Hopefully in the next couple of rounds we can continue to maintain a gap, keep it clean and see if we can get a championship win.”
The Cash Converters Supercars Eseries will resume at a Fan’s Choice venue next Wednesday.