TICKFORD RACING – WATPAC TOWNSVILLE 400 SATURDAY REPORT

6 July, 2019

After a trying Friday at the Townsville 400, Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) recovered to a front row start and third place finish in Race 17 on the streets of Townsville on Saturday. It is Mostert’s 47th career podium, seventh of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars season, and his first at the North Queensland venue.

Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) managed seventh place in the 70-lap race, his 12th top ten of the season, ahead of Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) in tenth, recording his fourth consecutive finish in the top ten.

It was a challenging day for Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang), whose struggles with car pace were compounded by a prolonged first pit stop on Lap 25 while the crew made adjustments to the car. Upon exiting pit lane, Waters made contact with Car 100, earning a 15-second penalty at his second stop. Waters ultimately finished 21st.

The Townsville 400 concludes Sunday with Race 18 qualifying at 10:35 a.m. AEST, followed by a Top Ten Shootout at 12:20 p.m. to determine the order of the first five rows. Like Saturday’s Race 17, Sunday’s Race 18 begins at 3:10 p.m. and is 70 laps in length.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Lee Holdsworth
Practice 3: 1m12.58, 4th
Race 17 Quali: 1m12.40s, 7th

Race 17 Finish: 10th
“We recovered from a bad start, but we struggled for balance and struggled for tyre life. We’ve got a bit of work to do overnight to find some pace, but we’ve got one car that was pretty speedy today, which was good. Hopefully we can learn something from that and apply it to our cars for tomorrow.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cameron Waters
Practice 3: 1m12.85s, 11th
Race 17 Quali: 1m12.53s, 9th

Race 17 Finish: 21st
“A day to forget obviously. We kind of struggled with a bit of pace and tyre life, and we tried to do a change on the first stop which took a bit longer and kind of changed our strategy, and then I got caught up coming out of pit lane on cold tyres with Rick (Kelly). He moved a little and kind of wigged me out and I locked a brake reacting. It is what it is, I had a bit of damage and obviously got a penalty from it, so a tough day at the office.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Chaz Mostert
Practice 3: 1m12.64s, 6th
Race 17 Quali: 1m12.22s, 2nd

Race 17 Finish: 3rd
“I’m super pumped to get a trophy here, I’ve been trying for a lot of years, and always seemed to come up short, so I got the monkey off my back. I’m a lot of years into my career, but this has always been the one to get away from us. For me, I had a pretty reasonable start, running a bit of a different, wild card, a bit like Jamie (Whincup) this weekend. (It probably has) better qualifying pace, but the race car we’ll have to make a little bit better. Overall, it seemed pretty quick, I just couldn’t quite hang onto these guys (Scott McLaughlin and Whincup) as much as I’d like to, and overall I…pat the guys on the back. I think they’ve done a pretty good job with the mentality of going forward.”

No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang 
Will Davison
Practice 3: 1m12.84s, 10th
Race 17 Quali: 1m12.33s, 5th

Race 17 Finish:7th
“A very tough race. I had a good start, but just struggled with balance, and it’s a very punishing track if you don’t have the balance right. It was a long old slog, I’m just happy to bring it home. Certainly it was a disappointing race, and we need to make some changes to make the car kinder on the tyres, and some other things we need to work on.”

Rod Nash, co-owner
“It was certainly a street race today, it’s great to be on the podium and finally get one here for Chaz, but it wasn’t without its challenges. It’s very hard luck for Cam, who just had one of those days, and Lee and Will both had their battles. It was a tough day for everyone, and we’ve got some work to do overnight, but 12 months ago we’d have been thrilled with these results, and it’s credit to the team. Hard work got us back up towards the front, and that’s what will keep us up there.”

 

DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
For most of Saturday afternoon, Thomas Randle (No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X) was celebrating his first career Super2 win after leading every lap of the early afternoon development series race, but a post-race investigation has left him with a 13th place finish.
Randle, 23, leapt from third to first thanks to a blistering launch off the line, was leading into the first corner, and would not be challenged the remainder of the race. However, after the race, the stewards imposed two pit lane penalties to Randle for two separate breaches of Safety Car procedure. On both occasions, Randle was found to have accelerated away from the field while yellow flags were waving ahead of each of the two race restarts. The penalties dropped Randle to 13th in the finishing order, however he does climb to fifth in the Super2 championship.

Super2 returns to action Sunday with Race 7 qualifying at 10:05 a.m. AEST, and Race 6 at 1:45 p.m.

No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X
Thomas Randle
Race 6 Quali: 1m14.27s, 3rd
Race 6 Finish: 1st (13th following two post-race PLPs)

“Aside from the penalty I think we had a really positive day in the Skye Sands Falcon. Qualifying was really good, I managed to put a lap together and got us to third. I had a ripper start, managed to get into the lead even before Turn 1 and went to manage the lead from there. I really worked to save the tyres for the end, and the car was really on rails. Unfortunately we found later I made an error on the Safety Car procedure which ultimately cost us the win, and that’s that, I guess.

It’s really frustrating, but we took the win on the road, which was amazing. It’s something we’ve all put in a ton of work towards so to feel that pay off in the moment was really cool. Tomorrow’s a brand new day; another qualifying, another race, so we’ll try to do it all again, just without the penalties.”

Ends.

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 2096 points
2) Fabian Coulthard – 1738
3) David Reynolds – 1589
4) Chaz Mostert – 1529
8) Cameron Waters – 1267
9) Will Davison – 1232
10) Lee Holdsworth – 1134

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) DJR-Team Penske – 3774 points
2) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 2957
3) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 2663
5) Tickford Racing (6/23) – 2469

SUPER2 DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Bryce Fullwood – 700 points
2) Zane Goddard – 606
3) Ash Walsh – 459
5) Thomas Randle – 409