TICKFORD RACING – NEWCASTLE 500 PREVIEW
20 November, 2019
Tickford Racing enters the season-ending Newcastle 500 this weekend with aim at ending its 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship on a high. All four of the team’s full-time drivers enter the weekend in the top 10 of the championship, and the team’s respective garages sit third and fourth in the teams’ championship with two races remaining in 2019.
Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) leads the team in fifth in the drivers’ chase entering Newcastle, following his 13th podium of 2019 at Sandown, where he and James Moffat finished runners up.
Looking to rebound after being taken out of the Sandown 500 by another car, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) hopes to cap his 2019 on a positive. Sitting seventh heading into Newcastle, Waters can secure a career-best championship position this weekend.
Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) enters the weekend eighth in the championship after a sixth place finish at Sandown, just 18 points ahead of Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang), who scored his first podium of 2019 at Sandown alongside co-driver Thomas Randle.
The Newcastle 500 takes place November 22-24, with practice on Friday followed by qualifying, a Top Ten Shootout, and a 95-lap, 250-kilometre race on both Saturday and Sunday.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
“Last round of the year, so we all want to finish on a high. I love the Newcastle track and can’t wait to have a huge crack at it. We have all four cars in the top 10 of the championship, so first and foremost our aim is to lock that down, but obviously we’d like to finish as high as we can with The Bottle-O Mustang.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
“I’m looking forward to getting to Newcastle. Obviously Sandown didn’t go to plan but our pace has been really strong lately so we want to capitalise on that and end the season with a good result. Newcastle’s always tough, it’s high grip, really tight, hard to pass, and it’s probably the most physical track on the calendar. We think we have the car in a good window so hopefully we can stay up the front this weekend, stay out of trouble, and can end the year chasing trophies.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
“Newcastle’s a tough track with no room for error, and with just two practices on Friday it will be really important to roll out strong so we don’t spend the weekend playing catch up. I think we’ll be on it, the team’s done a great job since Gold Coast, to run a different chassis at Sandown and get on the podium was great, so hopefully we get off to a good start this weekend and can fine tune from there and fight at the front.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
“I’m looking forward to the final event of the year in Newcastle. It’s a tough, challenging, physical, and enjoyable way to finish the season. We had some issues there last year but we’ve come a long way in 12 months so I’m certainly keen to see how we get on top of it this weekend. I enjoy attacking the circuit, it’s a unique combination of corners with all the crazy elements a street circuit throws at you. It’s important to carry momentum of a strong season into the offseason and into 2020, so I’m certainly keen to finish our season on a high note.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It’s been a really good year for the team, and like anyone we want to finish it on a high note, so we’re eager to hit the track this weekend. We’re heading in with confidence after a strong Sandown and a couple podiums, and certainly want to keep our momentum rolling into the offseason. We’re well placed in the drivers’ and teams’ championships, so we want to secure those positions, and obviously we’d really like to end this year with more champagne, so we’ll give it a crack and see how we go.”
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Thomas Randle (No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X) will conclude his second Dunlop Super2 Series season this weekend, as Supercars’ premier feeder series also takes to the streets of Newcastle. Randle enters the weekend fourth in the championship after a frustrating Sandown event, marred by wet weather in the Saturday race and a terminal mechanical issue in the Sunday race caused by a piece of flywheel from another car puncturing Randle’s radiator. Like the main game level, Super2 practices on Friday with qualifying and races on Saturday and Sunday.
No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X
“It’s crazy to think that the end of the season is already upon us, it feels like just a couple weeks ago we were racing in Adelaide. It’s been a very up and down year in Super2, we’ve had some things go our way, like at Bathurst and Ipswich, and have had some unfortunate things like Adelaide and Sandown. I’m looking forward to ending the year on a high, I feel pretty comfortable with the car, and hopefully we can have a better weekend in Newcastle this year than last year. It’d be nice to try and aim for that second place in the championship.”
EVENT NAME: Newcastle 500
DATE: November 22-24
LOCATION: Newcastle, NSW
EVENT NUMBER: 15 of 15
FORMAT: Friday – 2 x 30-min VASC practice, 2 x 40-min DS2 practice, Saturday – 1 x 20-min VASC quali, 1 x Top Ten Shootout, 1 x 95-lap race (250km); Sunday – 1 x 20-min VASC quali, 1 x Top Ten Shootout, 1 x 102-lap race (300km)
CIRCUIT: Newcastle Street Circuit
DESCRIPTION: The twisting, undulating Newcastle circuit is among the hardest on cars and drivers on the Supercars calendar. This year, a re-profiled Turn 11 aims to increase overtaking on the narrow, picturesque street circuit.
TRACK RECORD: 1m10.64s (David Reynolds, 2017)
TICKFORD RACING BEST RESULT: 6th – Chaz Mostert (2017), Mark Winterbottom (2018)