Monday, August 6, 2018 - 14:23

Sydney hosted the first Supercars Championship night race in 21 years and it delivered its fair share of fireworks.

The night race format meant teams were told not to increase the strength of their headlights to ensure they did not cause excessive glare for rivals and television cameras.

Despite visibility challenges a crowd of 33,920 were treated to a grandstand finish.

Under the lights at Sydney Motorsport Park, Chaz Mostert claimed a fifth place finish in Saturday’s Sydney SuperNight 300, his seventh top five of 2018 and fourth consecutive top six finish.

“Anytime you get a top five in this championship it means you’re running right at the pointy end. Definitely good to run with the front guys,” Chaz said.

After showing promising signs in Friday’s practice with a third place, Mark Winterbottom struggled for pace in Race 21 finishing 15th.

“The race itself was a great spectacle, and I’m really proud to have a big race in my hometown, but I’m disappointed with how the car was going in that race,” Mark said.

Cam Waters’ race was hampered by significant front tyre degradation.

He was also handed a 15-second time penalty for a driving infringement, after a major lock up of the front tyres caused him to make contact with Car 14 on Lap 14.

“I got a good start, was able to pick off a few cars straight away, then I just made a mistake, locked up the fronts and ploughed into the back of (Tim) Slade,” Cam said.

Tickford Racing returns to action in South Australia for the inaugural The Bend SuperSprint event. Held at the newly constructed The Bend Motorsport Park, the event will be the 11th of the 2018 Supercars season, hosting Races 22 and 23 across the August 24-26 weekend.