Brodie Kostecki opens Supercars win account
Brodie Kostecki secured his maiden win in the Supercars series with victory in a truncated second race of the weekend at Albert Park.
The race had been due to run to 15 laps but was shortened as a result of delays caused by multiple red flags in the FIA Formula 3 qualifying session that had come before, with light rain before the start meaning the race was declared wet.
When the flag dropped for the start – thanks to an issue with the lights – it was Will Brown who hit the front as he got away better than poleman Shane van Gisbergen to move into the lead of the race.
Kostecki would also take attack the defending champion before the race went under caution to recover the Mustang of David Reynolds from the gravel at turn one, with Nick Percat also out early as his car caught fire as a result of contact-induced damage.
When racing resumed, van Gisbergen once again made a play for the lead only to be run wide, dropping him back down the order and allowing both Kostecki and James Courtney to nip ahead of Brown.
As the drivers cycled through their mandatory stops, Kostecki was able to retain his lead and when Jack Le Brocq then went off to bring out a second safety car, the race would end under caution with Kostecki taking the flag under yellows to secure a maiden win ahead of Courtney and van Gisbergen.
Broc Feeney followed behind ahead of points leader Chaz Mostert and Anton De Pasquale, with early leader Brown only taking the flag back in seventh.
Mostert now leads Kostecki by just eleven points going into race three of the weekend on Saturday evening.