Supercars: Brodie Kostecki claims victory in chaotic Friday sprint race

Coca Cola Camaro driver Brodie Kostecki has won his first ever Repco Supercars Championship race following a chaotic and extraordinary sprint at the Beaurepaires Melbourne SuperSprint this afternoon.

The West Australian 25-year-old nicknamed “Bush” claimed the first win of his career victory in a race where the Safety Car, weather, pit strategies, red flags in F2 and F3¬†and even a car fire played a critical part in the result.

Sprint Race winner Brodie Kostecki

Second place today went to veteran James Courtney in the Snowy Rivers Caravan Ford Mustang, and third went to defending Supercars Champion Shane van Gisbergen.

Kostecki’s teammate Will Brown had the perfect start, overtaking pole sitter van Gisbergen when the starting flag dropped and holding an early lead through opening laps.

The first Safety Car was called when David Reynolds Penrite Mustang went into a gravel trap on the opening lap.

The Mobil 1 NTI Mustang of Nick Percat then became the focal point of attention as it caught fire after an early collision. Percat safely walked from the car in pit lane as crews from various teams put the blaze out with extinguishers.

Nick Percat’s Mustang catches fire

When racing resumed, Brown got away from van Gisbergen and held his lead while Kostecki pushed his way up to the side of the #97 Red Bull Camaro.

As the trio fought for the lead, van Gisbergen put it all on the line but Brown held firm as Kostecki bumped his way through.

Van Gisbergen dropped off as Courtney, Broc Feeney and Chaz Mostert took advantage and the top six cars battled for the lead side by side through the famous F1 Grand Prix turns at Albert Park.

Kostecki pitted early and it proved the master stroke that led to his win.

As racing continued and various drivers took the lead when Brown and other race leaders pitted for their mandatory stop, Kostecki became the official race leader.

The Safety Car was deployed for a second time when Jack Le Brocq’s Truck Assist Mustang crashed into one of the concrete walls.

With the race set to a time certain finish due to F1 practice times, Kostecki followed the Safety Car past the checkered flag for the first win of his career.

As it now stands, Kostecki is just 11 points behind Mostert in the Championship race. Brown is now third while van Gisbergen has moved up to fourth, 97 points behind Mostert.

Race Results

1 99 B. Kostecki Penrite Racing – Erebus +0.000 75
2 5 Courtney Tickford Racing 1 +1.105 69
3 97 Van Gisbergen Red Bull Holden Racing Team +1.922 64
4 88 B. Feeney Red Bull Holden Racing Team +2.797 60
5 25 Mostert Walkinshaw Andretti United +3.557 55
6 11 A. de Pasquale Shell V-Power Racing Team +4.507 51
7 9 W. Brown Penrite Racing – Erebus +5.466 48
8 14 B. Fullwood Brad Jones Racing +6.050 45
9 55 T. Randle Tickford Racing 2 +6.683 42
10 31 J. Golding PremiAir Subway Racing +7.407 39
11 18 Winterbottom Team 18 +8.194 36
12 56 D. Fraser Tickford Racing 2 +8.912 34
13 17 Davison Shell V-Power Racing Team +9.423 33
14 96 M. Jones Brad Jones Racing (2) +10.162 31
15 23 Slade PremiAir Subway Racing +10.664 30
16 4 J. Smith Brad Jones Racing (2) +11.376 28
17 35 C. Hill Matt Stone Racing +12.281 27
18 8 Heimgartner Brad Jones Racing +13.483 25
19 19 M. Payne Penrite Racing +14.961 24
20 20 S. Pye Team 18 +15.770 22
21 6 C. Waters Tickford Racing 1 +16.102 21
22 3 T. Hazelwood CoolDrive Racing +16.425 19
23 26 Reynolds Penrite Racing +1 Lap 18
NC 34 J. Le Brocq Matt Stone Racing +3 Laps 0
NC 2 Percat Walkinshaw Andretti United +8 Laps 0
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