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Confucius said, “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” Others have said, “If you keep with the same input, you’ll get the same output.” So, after seven years with Ford teams Dick Johnson Racing and Tickford Racing (starting out in its previous guises), Mostert decided to make a big change to Holden with Walkinshaw Andretti United in 2020.
While changing manufacturers isn’t what it used to be, it is still a big thing, especially for a driver who at one time appeared to be Ford’s newest star. In hindsight, though, joining Walkinshaw Andretti United was a relatively easy decision for the 27-year-old.
This move is about helping to take Walkinshaw Andretti United to the next level of challenging the front-runners on a more regular basis, with the former Holden Racing Team needing to take that next step given the presence of its international co-owners.
“I think this is just a point in my career that now, being 27, it’s time to try something a little bit different” he says.
“A change creates a lot of hard work going forward. For me, I’m just excited for a new challenge in my career. I’ve done racing one way in Supercars for a long time”¦ now it will be different.
“I think it’s very exciting to be involved with Walkinshaw Andretti United. They’ve obviously got some awesome key partners there that are involved.
“I guess to me it looks like, from the outside looking in, there’s a lot of potential there to move forward and get great results, and I think it would be awesome to be part of that journey going forward.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a gamble. At the end of the day I’m excited for a new challenge. If the challenge has a lull in results to try and bring it forward, then it is what it is.
“I have been pretty lucky in my Supercars career. I came into a team that was already formed, and teaming up with guys like Mark Winterbottom was awesome for my career. I’m excited now to go somewhere else.
“At the end of the day, we all go racing to try and win races and championships. All 25 or 26 guys or girls on the grid have the dream to go and do that. But you can get to a point in your career where you feel like sometimes you’re still coming up short with a couple of things, and sometimes you need to change. And that change hopefully is for the better to try and achieve those goals.
“For me going forward, I’m excited. With every team there’s going to be pros and cons. What I find with doing a lot of the overseas stuff is that my experience has widened so much.
“I feel like some change will help me widen my career and my driving. I think that’s hopefully something that will help in the things I want to achieve my goal.”
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