Boost Mobile Racing powered by Erebus’ Brodie Kostecki has wrapped up the Eseries in dominant fashion, securing a race win and back-to-back All Stars crowns at Oran Park last night.
Teammate Jarrad Filsell gave it absolutely everything though just fell short of securing the double-crown, finishing 2nd overall amongst the Pro’s.
Brodie continued his Eseries championship charge right from the get go, with a great launch off the line from pole position.
There was absolutely no stopping the Boost Mobile Commodore with Brodie pulling 8-seconds over the field before stopping on the last lap of the pit window on lap 13.
A small hiccup in the pits meant Brodie lost 6-seconds in his stop, compared to Brad Vaughan who pit behind him in 2nd.
Though with enough of a margin it didn’t matter; the #99 driver rejoined the field still a second ahead before the Safety Car was deployed at the end of lap 17.
When it was time to go for the restart, Brodie meant business with just four laps left to run.
He was in a class of his own and again built a 3-second gap to the next best before passing the checkered flag, a winner and two-time All Stars Eseries Champion.
It wasn’t as straight forward for the team’s Pro Jarrad Filsell, qualifying further back than anticipated in P7, though just 0.18-seconds off pole position.
With the series never so close, it was maximum attack from the green light and Jarrad managed to get a nice start and go around the outside of the first corner to make up spots early.
Jarrad went full send and made it to 5th by the first complex, though it came undone just moments later when there was contact between the #99 and Andrew Gilliam.
It sent Jarrad to the back of the field and caused major damage to his Holden, though he kept the momentum up and quickly got back to 8th as the rest of the field continued to collide.
It went from bad to worse and had massive championship implications when Jarrad was handed a 10-second penalty for the incident. Though with a renewed focus, all Jarrad then had to do was stay ahead of Jake Burton.
Jarrad took his compulsory stop on lap 11 before a great display of driving to the checkered flag, where he crossed the line in 8th.
With the penalty looming over his head, Jarrad was demoted to P12, though it was still enough to seal runner-up in the Pro Series Championship, with two wins and a podium to his name this season.
Brodie Kostecki said: “It was awesome to win the Eseries for a second year in a row. I set a goal right from the beginning of the series was to win every race and apart from the drama at Michigan, I was very close to achieving that. Tonight’s race was great, I got a really good start after qualifying on pole and was able to build the lead from there. We had some really good rounds this year and it was great to get the two enduro wins with Jarrad as well. The Bathurst win was definitely the highlight for me. Jarrad and I work really well together and I think we were really able to help each other throughout the series.”
Jarrad Filsell added: “We got a good launch but everyone just broke really early for turn 3 so I found a gap and went for it but the next corner, there was a car spinning and I tried to avoid it but on the actual replay I drove straight into it so there was a bit of lag from my point of view and what I was seeing, which was a bit weird but we dealt with those penalties and pressed on. This year’s Eseries was definitely a lot more competitive, I think the open set up yielded a better result across the board in terms of competitiveness so I really enjoyed this year. To get a few wins with Brodie was cool and they were definitely the highlight of the series, I definitely would have liked to have gotten a win on my own but it is what it is. We had a few good rounds and a few rounds that didn’t go our way but that’s racing.”