CHAZ COMMITS TO TEAM UNTIL END OF DECADE
The team had already taken up a two-year option on its rising star but both parties agreed to tear up the existing deal in favour of a new longer term contract.
“I am super-pumped to keep the consistency going with the team and this new deal is me repaying the faith they’ve shown in me over the last few years,” Mostert said.
“I’ve had a great relationship with everyone at Prodrive Racing since I joined them back in the Dunlop Series days. It is the people that make the team so great. There are so many people that have been there for a long time and have a lot of experience, so to continue with them is important.
“Obviously our overall package is performing very well so I want to keep the form going for years to come. However, my immediate focus is on continuing our great year – we want the team title and the driver title so hopefully as a team we can get both.”
Prodrive Racing Team Principal, Tim Edwards is pleased he has secured the long-term services of one of the sport’s most sought talents.
“Everyone at the team is very happy to have Chaz staying with us for at least the next few years as he’s grown up with us over the last four years and we all want to continue our successful partnership,” Edwards said.
“We had him for another couple of years still under his previous agreement but both parties agreed we were committed for the long-term and this new two-plus-two year deal works well for everyone involved.
“With Mark signed through until at least 2018 we have a secure driver line-up with two of the best out there.
“That gives a lot of confidence to our team and aids with attracting new investment, retaining our current partners and also future recruiting. I am pretty sure our loyal fans will like it too.”
Mostert and the team first made contact at Queensland Raceway, the venue for this weekend’s races, back in 2011 when he was a teenage rookie in the Dunlop Series.
After claiming pole position and a podium on debut he campaigned the full season for the then factory Ford team’s junior outfit in 2012, narrowly missing the title.
A call up to the main series in 2013 with Prodrive Racing’s customer team, Dick Johnson Racing, brought a maiden win, ironically also at Queensland Raceway, before he debut in Pepsi Max Crew colours in 2014 alongside current series leader Mark Winterbottom.
He claimed two more race wins including his now famous drive from last to win the Bathurst 1000 alongside veteran co-driver, Paul Morris.
Mostert has continued his winning ways in 2015 and currently sits fifth overall and leads the Pole Position Award with six poles leading into this weekend’s Ipswich SuperSprint event at Queensland Raceway.