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Mixed Fortunes for Penrite Racing on Last Day of Australian Grand Prix

The final day of the Australian Grand Prix proved to be a tough one for Penrite Racing, as they faced both highs and lows on the track. With only one race scheduled for the day, Penrite Racing knew they had to make it count. Matt Payne started from P2 on the grid, while Richie Stanaway began from P14, presenting a challenging but promising starting position for both drivers.

The race got off to a great start for Matt Payne, who burst out of the gate and took an early lead. However, the momentum was short-lived as Chaz Mostert, running second, out-braked himself, causing both himself and Payne to veer off the track. Despite a quick recovery, Payne finished in P14, a disappointing outcome after such a strong start.

On the other hand, Richie Stanaway managed to improve his starting position from P14 to finish in P8. It was a consistent race for Stanaway, who maintained his 6th place in the overall driver championship standings.

Reflecting on the day’s events, Matt Payne expressed his disappointment, saying, “It was a tough day out there. We had a great start, but unfortunately, things didn’t go our way. It’s frustrating to finish in P14 after leading early on.”

Richie Stanaway, however, remained optimistic despite the challenges faced. “Moving up to P8 from my starting position shows our potential. We’ll take the positives from today and come back stronger in the next race,” Stanaway commented.

Adding to the sentiment, Payne added, “It’s racing; it can be unpredictable. But we’ll regroup and focus on the next challenge. We’ve got a great team behind us, and I know we’ll bounce back stronger.”

Overall, the Australian Grand Prix posed challenges for Penrite Racing with two tough final races. Despite this, the team achieved notable successes, securing a pole position, two podium finishes, and retaining their second position in the team championship standings. Looking ahead, the next round of the 2024 Repco Supercars championship will take place in New Zealand, the homeland of both our drivers, from April 19th to April 21st.