Chaz Mostert is a name well entrenched in silly season rumours, and the Tickford Racing driver has become used to the attention regarding his future.
The exhaustive nature of the silly season keeps media and fans snapping at drivers’ heels, wanting to know who’s going where and who’s doing what.
Previously coy on his future, Mostert has become acquainted with the process over the last few months — he is off-contract at season’s end and has been linked to a number of teams, including Shell V-Power Racing and Walkinshaw Andretti United.
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The former has since re-signed both Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard for 2020, opening the door for a possible switch to WAU for Mostert.
Wherever the former Bathurst winner ends up, the suitors will have one of the best drivers on the grid at their disposal.
For Mostert, it’s a matter of weathering the storm and keeping an eye on his 2019 campaign with Tickford.
“I’ve got my job that I’ve got to do this year, it’s pretty simple,” he told foxsports.com.au.
“I’ve got to keep chipping away and next year will just fall into place, and we’ll see what happens.
“It’s a bit of fun. I like the media hype about it, it’s great for our sponsors.
“It’s not always a positive or negative thing, but at the end of the day, the logos are getting put out there and that’s the main thing.”
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The 27-year-old brought up 50 career podiums at the last round at Ipswich, but has recorded just the solitary victory from nine podium appearances in 2019, coming at Albert Park.
Mostert is one of the most popular drivers on the grid, and has only raced Fords in Supercars. With a combined 167,000 followers across his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, Mostert has great support.
Many fans back brands, while others back drivers. Very few fans wouldn’t have Mostert down as a favourite, and the driver himself acknowledged the significance of his future in racing.
“As a driver, no doubt all the fans want to know what you’re doing. They want to know what you were doing yesterday,” he said.
“Sometimes these things have long processes, if it’s working out if you’re staying or going.
“It’ll be a decision that I’ll have to work out in time. There are a lot of factors I have to go through.
“At the moment, I just have to keep doing what I’m doing here in the Supercheap Auto Mustang.
“If we keeping making gains, it’ll all be sweet. We’ll see what happens.”
Mostert is just 20 points behind third-placed Shane van Gisbergen in the drivers’ championship, but lies a whopping 540 points down on runaway leader McLaughlin.
However, with the season of endurance approaching, Mostert will again rely on co-driver James Moffat to aid his title push. The pair linked up for solid finishes at Sandown (10th), Bathurst (4th) and the Gold Coast (1st) 12 months ago. With Bathurst kicking off the 2019 Enduro Cup, the pressure’s on to execute at the first opportunity and cut the deficit to the leaders.
While the championship may appear out of reach, Mostert is hoping to capitalise on his team’s solid form in the year’s longest races.
“It’s been a pretty good year. A lot of trophies taken back to Tickford HQ, but not many with the big ‘number one’ on them,” he said.
“It’s been a great year, but it hasn’t been a fantastic year.
“We’ve been chipping away, we’ve been trying to make some progress, but there’s another Mustang team out there doing a really fantastic job at the moment.
“We’re getting to the real big money races at the end of the year now, big points up for grabs at the enduros, obviously if you can put your name on the Bathurst trophy, it can outweigh not making the championship what you want it to.”