Coca-Cola Racing by Erebus’ Brodie Kostecki has taken back the Championship lead from his teammate Will Brown, as he secured the third win of his career at Sydney tonight.
Will claimed his 9th podium this year with a third, though it came with plenty of heart-stopping action in the final laps.
The starts were executed perfectly and for Brodie it meant a faultless race. The Coca-Cola Camaros, which started from the first and second row, led the pack from the outset after jumping Andre Heimgartner and Cam Waters as lights went out.
As the laps unfolded both drivers continued to impress and started to build a margin. Will took his first compulsory pit stop at the end of lap 16, though got jumped by Waters in the pit lane, after the #6 driver took on less fuel. Brodie stopped two laps alter and reclaimed his position at the helm of the race.
Will stopped for the second time in anticipation of a Safety Car when David Reynolds hit the fence and veered into the infield. It wasn’t until one lap later when the Safety Car was called that Brodie entered pit lane for the final fuel drop and set of tyres.
With the race entering its nail-biting final moments, Will increased pressure on Waters for P2. He went for a move though it invited Chaz Mostert and Shane van Gisbergen to the party, for a four-way battle.
The battle intensified as van Gisbergen attempted to overtake Will in a high stakes move on the final lap. It caused a momentary setback though Will re-claimed the last spot on the podium after a penalty was dished out after the checkered flag.
The team’s efforts, including their 7th win of the season, has opened up a 202-point lead over Triple Eight, while Will now has an 83-point gap to P3 in the standings.
Track action continues tomorrow with another qualifying session at 12:30pm local time, followed by a final sprint race.