Kostecki completes clean sweep at Tailem Bend

Sunday 20 August, 2023
Photos: Edge Photographics
Brodie Kostecki has capped off the 600th round of the Australian Touring Cars Championship/Repco Supercars Championship in style, winning both of Sunday’s races.
In winning Sunday’s races of the OTR SuperSprint at the Shell V Power Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend, the West Australian completed a clean sweep of wins for the first time in his career, solidifying his championship lead in the process.
Not only was the clean sweep his first ever, it was also the first time this season the feat had been achieved by any driver – highlighting what has been a fairly even season.
Having won yesterday after bouncing back from a slow start off the line, Kostecki enjoyed a solid day behind the wheel again on Sunday where he led from start to finish in both races.
In Sunday’s opening race, Kostecki started from the front row alongside polesitter Thomas Randle, but got the jump off the line and before racing through the opening corners battling with Randle to consolidate his lead.

From that point onwards, Kostecki powered his way through the 20-lap race to grab his second win of the weekend, and although there seemed to be some issues with steering, the championship leader reached the chequered flag one second ahead of Randle.
“It felt really strange, I couldn't brake in a straight line, the car was wandering out a fair bit," Kostecki said.
"It was pretty scary the last 10 laps there, we were sort of happy to have enough car speed to stay in front of Tom.
"It was a really tight drag race down to Turn 1, it was pretty lucky to stick around the outside there, he raced me pretty clean."
Rounding out the Race 21 podium was Chaz Mostert after he completed a last lap pass on David Reynolds - an impressive display from both drivers, with Mostert making up three positions and Reynolds four places during the race.
View Race 21 Results.
In the weekend’s final race, Kostecki had a trouble-free run as he led from lights to chequered flag to take out the victory and secure a maximum return of points.
Having produced a record breaking lap for pole position for Race 22, Kostecki picked up where he left off and had no problems during the final race, crossing the finish line ahead of Tickford Racing’s Cam Waters by a second.
The mysterious steering issues from Sunday’s first race seemed non-existent as Kostecki produced a stellar drive and never gave up the lead despite Waters applying some pressure in the final stages of the outing.

For Waters, the runner-up finish was a long-time in the making as he scored a podium finish for the first time since winning the first race of the season.
Capping off a solid day out for Tickford and his best weekend for the year, Thomas Randle finished on the final step of the podium – his third podium finish for the weekend.
View Race 22 Results.
The career-best weekend for Randle saw him move up the standings, while Kostecki’s two victories on Sunday saw him extend the gap out to a provisional 137 point lead over Shane van Gisbergen.
The Repco Supercars Championship now heads to the iconic Sandown International Raceway next month for the first enduro race of the season, the Penrite Oil Sandown 500, on 15-17 September.
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