Boost Mobile Racing powered by Erebus’ Brodie Kostecki has secured the team’s best result this weekend, albeit a lowly 18th after a tough running at Pukekohe Park.
After finding some qualifying speed overnight, Brodie lined up inside the top ten and 9th for the day’s first race. Meanwhile his teammate Will, although in P21, got away well off the start.
The race was action-packed from the outset with dual incidents on the opening lap. First it was Brodie who was hit by Anton De Pasquale after the #11 driver had a wobble and checked up behind David Reynolds.
Brodie did well to recover and only lose one spot, though it wasn’t the same scenario for Will, who found the pit entry barriers after contact with Mark Winterbottom.
The 56g impact ended Will’s weekend and suspended the race as the concrete barriers were fixed. The race restarted following a 20-minute stoppage, with Brodie P10 as they went racing again.
The complexion of Brodie’s race changed again when he stopped for his compulsory pit stop for two left-side tyres on lap 20. The stop wasn’t as prompt as they had been all weekend after a wheel nut was ineffective and the crew had to change to the spare wheel.
Still with damage after the early-hit and a now time-certain finish Brodie did his best for the remainder of the race, only to finish P18 at the end of lap 35 when the checkered flag was waved.
With all focus now on the #99 Boost Mobile entry, Brodie started on the right-side of the grid in P13 for the final race at Pukekohe.
It was again short-lived with another immediate Safety Car deployed when James Courtney hit the fence at Turn 1 on the opening lap.
Racing went green again at the end of lap 11, though it was more bad luck for Brodie as he was pinged with a 15-second time penalty for weaving under the Safety Car, along with a flurry of drivers.
With time to make up, the #99 racer had his elbows out until he stopped for his compulsory two-tyres on lap 13.
He climbed to P12 before the end of the 41-lapper though dropped to P19 after his penalty was applied after the checkered flag.
The team will await to fully assess the chassis of Will’s entry once they return to Melbourne, as they begin preparations for the Bathurst 1000, October 6 – 9.