Bathurst champion Chaz Mostert is looking forward to sitting down with the race highlights later this week – because he’s still baffled about how he came to be standing on the winners’ podium.And the 22-year-old has revealed he spent the night before his victory camping out at Mount Panorama to “listen to the mountain breathe.”
Mostert and co-driver Paul Morris enjoyed a fairy-tale run from last to first as they stole victory from Jamie Whincup on the final lap of Sunday’s Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama. It was the only time in 161 laps that the Ford drivers crossed the line in first position.
It was a thrilling conclusion to an action-packed race that featured record lap times, crashes, pit-lane dramas, a controversial 60-minute delay for road-works and the race leader running out of fuel with the chequered flag just seconds away.
Mostert, who joined the SportsFan Clubhouse to revel in his victory on Monday night, revealed he had set modest expectations for himself and Morris after he was excluded from qualifying for passing under a red flag.
“I just wanted to get to the top 10,” he told the gang.
“We were off last on the grid so I didn’t expect much at all.
“I don’t even know how it happened to be honest. I need to watch the highlights to see how it all went down.
“I can’t believe we came from 26th on the grid. We were just hoping for top 10 and we were lucky enough to get top 10 without the zero on the end, so that’s pretty cool.”
The 22-year-old also revealed his unusual preparations for the big race. Eschewing the not-so-comfortable bed mattress in his accommodation, Mostert pitched a tent and spent the weekend camping out at Mount Panorama.
“I thought I’d go listen to the mountain breathe at night so I decided to camp with my mates instead,” he revealed. “I slept on a nice, comfy air mattress.”