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March 28, 2013
TEAM Navy’s Honorary Lieutenant
Chaz Mostert emerged from the
opening round of the V8 Supercar
Championship in the lead after an
official error kept him from a
clean sweep on the testing streets
of Adelaide from February 28 to
The Ford Performance Racing
driver qualified half a second faster
than the next quickest driver.
However, he was beaten off the
line in race one, not by his peers, but
by an error.
Sadly, the event starter made a
mistake with the start lights.
After seeing the lights go out to
signify the start of the race, Mostert
roared off to lead across the line.
But an amber light came on, signi-
fying an aborted start, so he engaged
the clutch to slow down but two other
drivers kept charging into turn one.
On seeing them continue and to
avoid contact from behind, Mostert
picked up his pace while waiting for a
message from his team to form up for
a second start. It never came.
In the end he managed to work
his way past teammate Dale Wood,
but was unable to get past race lead-
er Ashley Walsh, despite having the
pace on the race leader.
During Sunday’s second race,
Mostert charged off the line unin-
terrupted to lead Walsh and Wood
into turn two, before steadily mov-
ing away to take a comfortable win,
and with it the championship points
“I’m disappointed that I couldn’t
give Team Navy two wins from two
starts, because we definitely had the
pace,” Mostert said.
“That start error in race one cost
us track position and in the end a
chance for back-to-back event wins
Mostert said it was great seeing so
many Navy crews drop by over the
weekend to wish him luck.
“I’m grateful for their support and
hope they can continue to ride along
with me for the remainder of the
year as we go after that first Supercar
Championship crown,” he said.
Mostert revs up in Adelaide
FOCUS: Honorary Lieutenant and V8 Development Series Supercar driver Chaz Mostert ready for action in
Adelaide. Inset, LSMT Jordan Marchioni (left) and POMT Christopher King (right) with Chaz Mostert.
Photos: LAC Brenton Kwaterski
dives deep in
LEUT Ben Bird
TRAINING for a 20km ocean swim
by tossing a couple of buoys into the
water and swimming between them
in her patrol area during a period of
no activity wasn’t ideal for the XO
and boarding officer of patrol boat
crew Aware Two, LEUT Amy Hyatt.
LEUT Hyatt not only managed to
complete the Rottnest Island Channel
Swim for the first time, but finished
181st in a field of 240 solo swimmers
on February 23, after spending more
than eight hours in the water.
About 2500 swimmers took part
in the event.
LEUT Hyatt said she had never
attempted a swim anywhere near this
“I first heard of the event when I
was growing up in Townsville train-
ing with my local swim club, but it
wasn’t until I was posted to a ship in
the West that I realised it was such a
prodigious event,” LEUT Hyatt said.
“I decided the swim had to go on
my bucket-list, but I really wanted to
know whether I could complete such
a big ocean swim.”
LEUT Hyatt completed a 9km
swim in Canberra in December to
confirm her application for the
Rottnest Island event, however,
she also spent many weeks during
Christmas and New Year conducting
patrols on Operation Resolute.
Entering the water at Cottesloe
Beach at 5.45am, LEUT Hyatt over-
came the real threat of hypothermia
and sharks to keep swimming for
more than eight hours.
She finally had sand under her feet
again at 2.35pm, pushed along with
support from HMAS Warramunga’s
sea boats driven by LSBM Darren
Young, ABBM Peter Day, LEUT
Ben Bird and LEUT Hyatt’s husband
FLTLT Rowan Beggs-French.
“I’m very thankful to HMAS
Warramunga and the Navy for their
assistance in making the day a suc-
cess,” LEUT Hyatt said.
Asked if she would like to do the
Rottnest Channel Swim again, LEUT
Hyatt responded with some new-found
perspective: “Happily... as a team”.
OPEN OCEAN: LEUT Amy Hyatt
takes on Rottnest Island Channel
Swim with support team member
LEUT Ben Bird (above) and
breathes a big sigh of relief after
finishing the 20km, which took more
than eight hours to complete (right).
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