Our annual visit to Queensland Raceway was a fruitful one this year, as we celebrated one of our most successful weekends of the season. Five top three finishes across the four races in which Tickford Fords competed, a pole, and some very positive momentum for the team as we head into August. Find out more about our weekend in Ipswich with our crash course and gallery below.
Wilbur’s time, Chaz’s double
All year long Will Davison had been knocking on the door of the podium. With three fourth place finishes and a solitary fifth, Wilbur was solidly ninth in the Supercars standings, but yet to have a trophy on the year. That changed in Race 19, as Davison took P2 for his first podium since 2016 and the first in the history of 23Red Racing – a customer team of Tickford Racing. It was Will’s 52nd career podium, breaking a tie with John Bowe and tying him with Allan Moffat for 12th most podiums in Supercars/ATCC history.
Chaz Mostert is quickly climbing that ladder himself. Mostert, who’s had immense success at ‘the paperclip,’ was on form at QR, finishing third in both races, meaning he has stood on the podium at least once in each of the seven years he’s raced at Ipswich. The 27-year old has scored eleven of his 49 career podiums at Queensland Raceway, which puts him 16th on the all-time list after tying and passing Jim Richards on the weekend.
Randle’s near rout
Where Townsville was a disappointment, Ipswich was redemption for Thomas Randle, who rebounded from a frustrating weekend at Townsville, to all but dominate the Super2 weekend at Ipswich. After losing his first career race win in north Queensland due to a post-race penalty, Randle responded at Ipswich by taking his second career pole for the Saturday race, and leading every lap en route to his official maiden Super2 win. After taking the lead from P2 on the grid in Sunday’s race, the 23-year old was on his way to back-to-back lights to flag victories, but an air box fire with three laps to go caused a momentary drop in power, allowing the second place car to pass Randle for the lead. Unable to pass back for the lead, Randle took second in the Sunday race and his second career round podium, vaulting him to fourth in the Super2 standings with three rounds to go.
Cam’s quiet run, Lee’s Sunday gamble
While Davison and Mostert enjoyed the spoils of the podium on the weekend in Ipswich, Cameron Waters put together a quietly positive weekend, with two sixth place finishes in the two races, improving on his previous QR-best finish of eighth from 2017. Waters has also now qualified in the top ten in all but one race in 2019, at Winton where he qualified 11th.
Lee Holdsworth recorded his best qualifying result of the season in Race 19 when he started from fourth place, but struggled with race pace in part due to parc fermé conditions at QR which banned teams from adjusting their cars between qualifying and race. Aiming to reverse the trend on Sunday, The Bottle-O Racing Team gambled on a very different set up which unfortunately backfired, as Holdsworth could only manage 12th in qualifying and finished 14th in Race 20, the first time he took the chequered flag outside the top ten since Phillip Island in April. Holdsworth however remains tenth in the Supercars standings.
What’s Next: The Bend SuperSprint
Supercars returns to Tailem Bend for the second running of The Bend SuperSprint in South Australia, August 23-25. It’s a special round for us, as we will run five Mustang Supercars on the weekend, including a wild card entry for Thomas Randle, who will make his main game debut. Details on the wild card entry including sponsor information and livery will be revealed in the coming weeks.