TICKFORD RACING – PHILLIP ISLAND SUPERSPRINT FRIDAY REPORT
12 April, 2019
Tickford Racing capped off its Friday at the Phillip Island SuperSprint with all cars in the top ten of Practice 2 around the 4.445-kilometre Victorian circuit. The result means all four Tickford Racing Ford Mustangs will receive a bye from the first round of knockout qualifying on Saturday for Race 9.
Continuing the form he showed at Supercars’ preseason test day at Phillip Island in February, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) led the team on Friday, placing third in the second practice session at 1m30.45s.
Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) was strong in both practice sessions on the day, posting the second quickest lap in the late morning Practice 1, and placing fifth in Practice 2.
Fresh off leading the team in Race 8 last weekend, Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) was quick again on Friday, ending both practice sessions sixth overall.
Despite citing some discomfort in the car’s balance, Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) was in the top ten in both sessions of the day, placing seventh in Practice 1 and ninth in Practice 2.
The Phillip Island SuperSprint continues Saturday with Practice 3 at 10:40 a.m. AEST, followed by Race 9 knockout qualifying at 1:15 p.m., and the 27-lap Race 9 at 3:50.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m31.79s, 6th
Practice 2: 1m30.80s, 6th
“It’s definitely good to be in the ten and advance through the first part of qualifying for tomorrow, so it was a pretty positive day for us. The car’s all right, there are still some things to work on but it’s a good start, and having all four Tickford cars in the ten is great for the team after a hard weekend in Tassie. We’ll put some work in on this The Bottle-O pony overnight and see if we can tune it up for tomorrow.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m31.86s, 10th
Practice 2: 1m30.45s, 3rd
“I’m really happy. Obviously the Tickford team didn’t really have a great run at Tassie, we kind of knew we were going to struggle there, but it’s really good to obviously come back here, where I was quickest at the test, and be back up the front. I think this track kind of suits our cars a bit more, and yeah, a great day at the island.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m31.81s, 7th
Practice 2: 1m30.92s, 9th
“A bit of a messy day for us, but look we’re happy to get in the ten for Practice 2, that helps for tyres this weekend. I kind of need to understand the car a little bit more, and we’ve got the best data in-house. We’ve got a car that’s third with a very respectable time, so we can overlay the data. That’s what beautiful about having four cars in a team. At least we’ve got some reasonably fast cars, and we’ll try to draw off of that tonight, and make our car better for tomorrow.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m31.51s, 2nd
Practice 2: 1m30.64s, 5th
“It’s a great start, we’ve definitely got a quick car, the wind changed quite a bit between sessions, and the car is really sensitive to wind direction around here. We learned a little bit about that today, which will play a big part on the weekend, monitoring that. It’s a small window to get it right around here, but we got a lot of good info today, made some really positive changes to the car, and I’m feeling quite comfortable that we’re in for a good weekend.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“We had all four cars in the ten at the test day here a couple months ago, so it’s good to pick up where we left off in February. We have a few things to work on but overall everyone’s pretty pleased with the day, which after a really short week is a big help. There’s still some ground to gain so the engineers are hard at work on that, and we’ll flip the page to Saturday and see how we go.”