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17 | 10 | 2014 - QUICK CHAT WITH CHAZ MOSTERT

Two years ago Chaz Mostert was pushing a broom along the workshop floor and now he’s the king of The Mountain. After winning the event in only his second attempt our newest Bathurst champion couldn’t have imagined a better result.

How does it feel to have won Bathurst?
It hasn’t quite sunk in yet to be honest. It’s one of those things that it’s so unbelievable that it’s going to take some time to actually accept the fact that we did win the Bathurst 1000, and on only my second attempt.

Now that you have won Bathurst how do you think the victory will change your career in motorsport?
I think the experience I got out of the Bathurst 1000 will help me in future races. Hopefully I will be a bit more calm under that kind of pressure and knowing when we come back to Bathurst that I’ve done the job once before and that there is no reason that we shouldn’t be able to do it again further down the track. Hopefully from the commercial side of things our sponsors will stick with us and keep supporting us, knowing what we can achieve.

You started the race from the back of the grid. What were your expectations for the race and how did you think you would go? Did you think you would be up the front by the end of the race?
Definitely not. I think our expectation for the race was to try and get into the top 10 and finish on the lead lap was the goal for the day. The way it panned out we ended up a bit further up the front than what we thought we would and I had no expectations to win the race or anything like that, it was out of control. 

What was it like having Paul Morris as your co-driver?
Paul’s done a lot of laps at Bathurst. He’s been racing there since ’91 so I knew that he was going to be a pretty safe co-driver. I knew he would keep the car reasonably straight and all the wheels on it and just bring it back to hand over to me and see if we could get that top 10 but I never thought that we’d both be getting our names on the Peter Brock Trophy. 

Did the track resurfacing and problems at turn 2 affect your race?
The track breaking up didn’t personally affect my drive. It did have a small affect on Paul’s drive. It was a bit tricky, when the tyres are warmed up it wasn’t too bad through there it was just when the tyres were cold that we had an issue.

When Paul went into the wall at turn 2 what was going through your mind?
I was a bit worried and was hoping he could get it out so there wasn’t another safety car and we’d go down a lap which was my only real focus at the time but once he got it out and was on his way back I just wanted to know if the car was straight and he said it was pretty good still and there was no real concern so we kept pushing on. It was a little bit concerning but it was great once he got it out.

What has your experience been like racing with FPR this year?
It’s been absolutely amazing. I’ve been with the team for a bit over three years now and I remember being back there sweeping the floor. It’s a very family orientated team and I have such a great bunch of people around me. It’s amazing to have been on this journey and have the guys in the team give me the opportunity to race as one of their main drivers this year. I’ve achieved eight podiums along with a couple of wins this year so it’s just been an unbelievable experience. 

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