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Fords to the fore on the Gold Coast

Cameron Waters and David Reynolds give Ford its first event sweep of 2023.

29 October 2023

Fords came to the fore on the Gold Coast, off the back of a parity adjustment following Bathurst, as the championship battle held sway with a 131-point margin between Brodie Kostecki and Shane van Gisbergen.

Cameron Waters took the win in the Saturday race after holding off a fast-finishing van Gisbergen. With Kostecki in fifth place, van Gisbergen made some ground in the championship standings. David Reynolds took the other spot on the podium, in what was the strongest race yet for the revamped Mustang.

Reynolds claimed victory in the Sunday race, the first for Grove Racing, ahead of Kostecki. With van Gisbergen in fifth, the points gap was back to 131 points.

The win is Reynolds’ first since the 2018 season finale in Newcastle, and comes 10 years and two days after he scored his first career Supercars win at the same Gold Coast circuit in 2013.

Reynolds’ teammate and rookie Matt Payne finished fourth in today’s race, the best finish of his young career to date.

With Kostecki and van Gisbergen scoring identical points across the weekend, Kostecki’s championship lead returns to 131 points heading to the season finale in Adelaide next month.

The VAILO Adelaide 500, where this year’s championship is set to be decided between Kostecki and van Gisbergen, will be held on November 23 to 26.