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Courtney seventh, Waters eighth in Race 15

TICKFORD RACING – TOWNSVILLE 500 SATURDAY REPORT

10 July, 2021

Tickford Racing team mates James Courtney (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang) and Cam Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) led Tickford Racing during a challenging Saturday at the NTI Townsville 500, where the pair finished Race 15 seventh and eighth respectively.

The duo were split by stable mate Jack Le Brocq (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) following the Top Ten Shootout, with all three Tickford drivers qualifying in the first five rows. Le Brocq was unfortunately dealt minor damage from contact on the first lap which he then had to nurse for all 87 laps of the Saturday afternoon race, ultimately finishing 15th at the chequered flag.

Sunday offers a new day and a second 250-kilometre race on the streets of Townsville. On-track action at the NTI Townsville 500 resumes Sunday with Race 16 qualifying beginning at 10:15 a.m. AEST, followed by another Top Ten Shootout at 12:05 p.m. The 88-lap Race 16 begins at 2:45 p.m. to conclude the NTI Townsville 500.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Race 15 Quali: 1m12.57s, 8th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m12.91s, 7th
Race 15 Finish: 15th

“Quali was really strong for us, I think our car was a better one-lap car than it was a race car today. It was positive to qualify P7, but the start wasn’t ideal and then heading down to Turn 2 I got absolutely drilled by some peanut, I’m not sure who it was. It was all a bit silly and we had a little bit of damage that we had to carry for 88 laps. It was just a rough old day, but we’ll come back tomorrow and look to have a better one.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cam Waters
Race 15 Quali: 1m12.48s, 6th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m13.22s, 10th
Race 15 Finish: 8th

“Really frustrating day for us. We thought we were half okay in practice but today we just really struggled. We tried something a little different with strategy and just ended up where we were. We finished eighth, and honestly that’s about where we deserved to be today. We just weren’t quick enough.”  

No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
James Courtney
Race 15 Quali: 1m12.50s, 7th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m12.83s, 6th
Race 15 Finish: 7th

“Today was okay for us, I thought I was looking after my tyres quite well but we experienced massive tyre deg on the Boost Mobile Mustang. We managed to come home seventh which was decent for points, and it was nice to run at the front for a bit in third spot and have some good battles. We’ll tune the car up tonight and hopefully make it a bit nicer on its tyres, then go again tomorrow and see how well we did on our homework.”

On his race start and launch to third: “The start was mega. I got off the line really well, and as we all got down to Turn 2 I was waiting and waiting for someone to block, but no one ever did so I just slid on through. It felt pretty cool and set us up quite nicely in that first stint, it’s just a shame we couldn’t put it all together and chase a trophy today.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“Plain and simple, today was underwhelming for us. There were some positives, sure, having all three cars in the Shootout was great and we had some good battles on track, but the overall pace and obviously the results are not where we need them to be. It’s certainly a frustrating result, but we’ll work hard tonight and look to redeem ourselves tomorrow.”

DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Tickford Racing young gun Zak Best (No. 78 Best Leisure Industries Ford Falcon FG X) completed another solid day in the Dunlop Super2 Series, qualifying fifth and finishing fourth in Race 3 on Saturday. Best, who admitted an error in qualifying cost him a front row starting spot and possibly pole position, kept his nose clean across the 21-lap race, picking up a spot when a rival made a mistake ahead.

Best and the Dunlop Super2 Series field return to action on Sunday at 9:50 a.m. AEST for Race 4 qualifying, before another 21-lap race at 1:25 p.m.

No. 78 Best Leisure Industries Ford Falcon FG X
Zak Best
Race 3 Quali: 1m14.52s, 5th
Race 3 Finish: 4th

“It was a positive day for us. I qualified fifth which was pretty good, if I didn’t spray it at the last corner I think we’d have $500 for Sunday night. In the race I just kept it clean, picked up a spot, and came back with a clean car which makes an easier night for the boys. We’ll tune up the car a bit for tomorrow and have another crack and look to go a bit better, especially because we’ve added a new partner in Chess Moving North Queensland. They’ve just hopped on board with us and will be on the car for the rest of this weekend and next weekend here in Townsville, so I’ll look to give them a good showing tomorrow.”

SUPERCARS DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Shane van Gisbergen – 1511 points
2) Jamie Whincup – 1278
3) Chaz Mostert – 1194
5) Cam Waters – 1154
9) James Courtney – 840
16) Jack Le Brocq – 694


SUPERCARS TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 2789 points
2) Dick Johnson Racing – 2062
3) Tickford Racing – 1994

DUNLOP SUPER2 DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Broc Feeney – 390 points
2) Zak Best – 378
3) Jayden Ojeda – 345

Ends.