In his maiden year with the Pepsi Max Crew, Chaz Mostert made a name for himself in more ways than one.
After receiving a call up to the main series last year, the young gun has added wins at Perth and Bathurst to his ever growing list of achievements.
The newly crowned King of the Mountain gained momentum from mid-year to finish seventh in the Championship standings.
Crediting his team and team-mate Mark Winterbottom for his standout year, Chaz reflects on 2014.
“The start of the year probably wasn’t particularly a good point for me. I made a lot of driver errors and put a lot of pressure on myself to try and get ahead so that if the car finished sixth, I wanted to finish fourth. When you’re in V8 Supercars it’s a hard thing to do and I made mistakes doing but by the third or fourth round I knew what I needed to do so I had a clean slate from there.
“New Zealand was fantastic, Frosty was really dominant there and it was awesome to get up on the podium beside him. It was really quite exciting just to get up there and have two Pepsi Max Crew Fords on the podium. Then we went to Perth and had a win there. It’s a good day when you can get a win in this category because it is so fierce. The car was just amazing, it rolled out well and we really gave it to the rest of the field.
“Queensland Raceway was good with more podiums, Sydney Motorsport Park was also a standout when it rained, the first race I was nowhere, in the second race we changed some tyres and learned to do the proper lines since we’d been in the rain for so long and got to second place.
“Then obviously Bathurst was just a race in its own. It was an incredible day with safety cars and red flags and everything went our way. I still can’t quite believe that we won to be honest so I’ll try and let it sink in over the off season.
“I’m really looking forward to next year to try and start strong and just be consistent. Being in the top-five consistently throughout the year is the plan and if everything else comes from that it would be amazing. It would be good to try and get back-to-back at Bathurst again even though it’s such a hard day. I’m going to try my hardest and that’s because anyone can win at any time and you’ve got to be in there all the way to the end. The team’s more than capable of doing it.
“The highlight for this year was really just the whole year. Being partnered with Frosty has been incredible and the team have been awesome.
“The best moment for the year was really just the entire year. You’ve got Dave Reynolds hanging out with you all the time and he’s a bit of a larrikin 24/7 so it doesn’t really feel like you’re going racing professionally or that it’s your job, you’re just going racing with your mates and family so that’s been my favourite part.
“I’m off to Thailand to recharge the batteries and to train hard over the off-season which is one thing I lacked a bit this year so I’m really looking forward to changing that. It’s going to be a bit of a change for me going into next year but hopefully the driving side of things stay the same and we can string together a consistent year.”