Boost Mobile Racing powered by Erebus’ Brodie Kostecki has scored his fifth career podium at a rain-soaked Tailem Bend, while teammate Will Brown turned his weekend around with 6th.
At the start of the race, Will and Brodie lined up from p11 and P15 respectively, though it was short-lived when Thomas Randlle stalled on the line and was hit by a blinded Andre Heimgartner.
The race was immediately suspended, with cars ordered to pit lane, but when racing resumed Will got a mega start and quickly moved up four spots. He then slid past Mark Winterbottom and Cameron Waters as the two tousled for position and made it to 6th before the end of the opening lap.
Meanwhile Brodie made it to 11th during the first lap and was making ground on the guys he was racing.
The #9 holden pit on lap 5 for left-side tyres, and a credit to the crew, who nailed the quick stop.
Brodie went the long strategy and pit at the end of lap 14, though was later handed a pit lane penalty for a pit stop infringement after the team’s Holden almost left its pit box with the left-rear wheel gun attached.
It went from bad to worse for the #99 driver, as David Reynolds turned in on him as he re-joined the field. It punctured the left-front wheel and forced a second pit stop, before touring the lane for a third time to serve his penalty.
At the end, Will finished an outstanding run in 7th, meanwhile Brodie brought it home in P24.
The team turned it around for the third and final race of the weekend, starting under Safety Car due to the wet weather conditions. It circulated for two laps before the field went green flag racing, Will from P6 and Brodie from P13.
The conditions were sketchy and surface greasy as cars tried their best to find the train tracks around the Tailem Bend circuit.
There was a lot of movement in the field as drivers speared off track, Will included, when he dropped down to P8 after moving up to 5th at the start. Brodie however kept it on the black stuff, moving up three spots into the ten before lap 3.
Will found his rhythm as tyres came up to temperature and moved back up to P5 by lap 6, with Brodie just behind in 7th now.
The rain started falling heavier on lap 13, and both Boost Mobile drivers didn’t let that stop them. Will moved up to 3rd and Brodie 4th, before the pair swapped places on lap 16.
Pit stops came late in the race with Will pitting at the end of lap 21 for two rear tyres, while Brodie followed him the next lap for just one racing lap when they both re-joined.
It was a mad dash as drivers managed their cold tyres for the final lap home, Brodie pulling off a sensational drive to third, while Will just slipped out of the top 5, securing 6th at the checkered flag.Brodie has moved back to 8th in the driver’s standings, meanwhile Will has moved up to 14th.
The team head back to the place where Brodie picked up his first podium last season, Sandown Raceway, August 19 – 21.