V8 Supercars young gun Chaz Mostert has been locked in at Prodrive Racing Australia for two more years.
It was revealed today that the team has decided to exercise a two-year option on Mostert’s contract, which means he will be a Prodrive driver until at least the end of 2017.
The news is another sign of stability for the Melbourne-based team, after Mark Winterbottom revealed to Motorsport.com that he plans to stay with Prodrive following Ford’s withdrawal from V8 Supercars racing at the end of the season.
According to team principal Tim Edwards, taking up the option on Mostert’s contract was a no-brainer.
“We had an option on Chaz for a further two years and while there was no rush to sort things out, there wasn’t any reason to delay either, so we exercised our option a while ago and we can continue on without any further speculation,” Edwards said.
“Chaz has been a breath of fresh air for the team and the sport. He is one of the next generation of stars and he keeps performing at a very high level so we’re very pleased with his development thus far.
“He and Mark will be driving together for at least the next three seasons so our fans and commercial partners have got a lot to look forward to.”
Mostert, who took his first two career pole positions in Perth less than a fortnight ago, added that he was happy to stay put.
“Prodrive Racing has taken up its option on me so I will be racing here for at least a further two years but our joint focus remains on success this year and more immediately on Winton this weekend,” said the 23-year-old.
“This is a great team. I get along great with the crew, we’ve enjoyed a lot of success in a short time and I am enjoying challenging and being challenged by Frosty (Winterbottom).”