Chaz Mostert has secured a stunning win at the Adelaide 500 as Holden officially bids farewell to Supercars.
Returning to the streets of the South Australian capital after a nearly three-year absence, Mostert saluted in a wild 78-lap race that saw three safety cars called.
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It was a fairytale double for Walkinshaw Andretti United as proud Adelaide rider Nick Percat finished second to take his first podium in more than a year.
Ford veteran James Courtney survived the carnage to finish third ahead of Brodie Kostecki (Holden) and Tim Slade (Ford).
Mostert’s 21st career win and fourth of the season was emotional as Holden finished this weekend as the most successful manufacturer in supercar history.
“I struggled with the car for most of the race, I was pretty nervous out there, I had to get my elbows out with a couple of people,” said Mostert.
“You never say never, I started seventh so it was a bit more difficult but that’s the good thing about these 250km races, they never go the way you want them to.”
General Motors retired the Holden marque in 2020, announcing it just weeks before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Commodore has lived on in motorsport.
However, with Gen3 cars coming next year, Chevrolet Camaros will replace Holdens on the grid to battle the Ford Mustangs.
Percat’s father Marc, grandfather Italo and great-grandfather Paolo all worked at Holden’s former South Australian plant in Elizabeth.
The 34-year-old described his podium as happier than when he won Bathurst in 2011 as co-driver with Garth Tander.
“Absolutely amazing in front of our home crowd,” said Percat.
“I said if I got on the podium it would probably be better than the Bathurst win but I haven’t actually driven the car so I would have to say it’s better to do with those (Holden specific) liveries to achieve a double victory.”
Champion-elect Shane van Gisbergen started from 25th and last on the grid but looked poised to challenge an epic win after moving up 14 places on lap 11.
However, his frustrating weekend continued when he was run into a wall by Mostert on lap 41.
Van Gisbergen dropped back to 18th place after the incident, but things got worse for him when on lap 50, due to an unintentional error, he crashed hard into a fence, causing major damage to his Commodore, who ended his race.
That doesn’t matter to the Red Bull Ampol star, who entered the final round of the season with an unassailable lead of 683 points after winning an exceptional 21 of 32 races this year.
Cam Waters, who started from pole, led the race for much of the race, but the Ford driver retired with 20 laps to go and crossed the finish line in a disappointing 13th place.
The second 78-lap race of the Adelaide 500 gets underway at 2.45pm local time on Sunday.
ADELAIDE 500 RACE ONE
1. Chaz Mostert (Holden)
2. Nick Percat (Holden)
3.James Courtney (Ford)
4. Brodie Kostecki (Holden)
5. Tim Slade (Ford)
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