TICKFORD RACING – THE BEND SUPERSPRINT SUNDAY REPORT

25 August, 2019
Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) and Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) have finished second and third in Race 22 at The Bend SuperSprint, leading Tickford Racing on its third double podium day of 2019. Davison, who started second, led from the start of the race and for 11 laps total. It was Davison’s 53rd career podium and second of 2019, leading a rebound from a DNF on Saturday.

On Davison’s second pit stop on Lap 18, Davison encountered an air box fire while in pit lane, costing him valuable time and potentially a chance to hold onto the lead. However he is thrilled to bring home 23Red Racing’s second ever podium after taking out its first at Ipswich last month.

Mostert’s result is his fourth consecutive on the podium, and vaults the 27-year old into second in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship through 10 rounds.

Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) and Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) finished eighth and ninth, respectively, separated by 0.4 of a second at the line. It is the sixth time in 2019 in which four Tickford Mustangs finished in the top ten.

Concluding his debut Supercars race round, Thomas Randle (No. 66 Scandia Ford Mustang) finished 17th on Sunday, up four spots from his Race 22 starting position.

The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship next heads across the ditch for the Auckland SuperSprint at Pukekohe Park Raceway. The 11th round of the 2019 season, the Auckland SuperSprint takes place September 13-15.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang

Lee Holdsworth
Practice 4: 1m48.04s, 3rd
Race 22 Quali: 1m48.20s (Q3), 8th
Race 22: 9th

“We improved the car a lot today, we didn’t get to show our true pace, stuck behind Cam. I felt like the car was good for a top five, but a good way to finish the round, feeling like we’ve got a good direction with the car. Hopefully we can put it all together here soon and go get the results we know we’re capable of.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cameron Waters
Practice 4: 1m49.13s, 4th
Race 22 Quali: 1m48.00s (Q3), 5th
Race 22: 8th

“Not a bad day, we qualified well, a little more on the table, but I got a poor start which kind of set up my race, really. We were fighting back from that point, and then I started to get a really sore foot, so from that point I was just trying to get it to the end. I think we need to find a little bit of pace, but it was more my foot today, so we’ll fix both of them up for the next round.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Chaz Mostert
Practice 4: 1m47.79s, 1st
Race 22 Quali: 1m47.84s (Q3), 3rd
Race 22: 3rd

“It’s a good weekend for us, great yesterday to get a pole position, it had been a while since one of them, but overall a successful weekend. It’s always great to talk to (media) at the end of the day, so it means we’re doing something right. It’s one of those things, you want to keep pushing forward. This weekend, I don’t know if we can read into it too much, it’s a bit of a unique track set up wise and stuff like that, so I’m excited to go to Pukie next and see what the car has got there for them.”

No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang 
Will Davison
Practice 4: 1m48.24s, 6th
Race 22 Quali: 1m47.71s (Q3), 2nd
Race 22: 2nd

“It’s really nice, it’s really awesome to come into each event and be competitive…tough weekend, good to bounce back from a different day yesterday. I thought it was a missed opportunity yesterday, obviously the engine let go in qual and we were set to be on the second row there, and then get involved in a bingle. I just reset, knew I had a great car, so yeah, I’m really motivated at the moment, and I’m stoked. Absolutely stoked to be up here, but to be honest to lead a couple stints and then just having a little drama on the last stop, we would’ve been really close. Just mixed emotions, but really sweet to race with those guys, with such a great car.”

No. 66 Scandia Ford Mustang
Thomas Randle
Practice 4: 1m49.00s, 16th
Race 22 Quali: 1m49.07s (Q1), 21st
Race 22: 17th

“It was always going to be a tougher day today, with a longer race and everyone having another day under their belts. I made a mistake on my quali lap which was pretty frustrating and put us down in 21st. At the start of the race I made up a couple spots and was feeling pretty good, but on our first stop we had a glitch with the fueling rig that cost us some time, and I stalled out of box which hurt. But we got back out there, made a couple passes, and came back 17th. It was a really, really awesome debut weekend, I think we overachieved what we were expecting heading in, and the main goal was trying to do every lap and see both chequered flags, and we were able to do that. Friday was phenomenal, being in the ten, and the car was great all weekend, I can’t thank everyone at Tickford Racing and Scandia Racing enough for the opportunity, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It was a really strong day and a really strong weekend for us, so we’re very happy with the results. It stings, we reckon we had half a shot at the win today and unfortunately it didn’t go our way, but I think it’s clear we’ve made progress towards the front, and we’ll keep chipping away. We’re bringing back another haul of trophies, and hopefully what we’ve achieved this weekend will carry over to the upcoming rounds and we can keep climbing the mountain.”

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 2738 points
2) Chaz Mostert – 2165
3) Fabian Coulthard – 2152
7) Cameron Waters – 1774
9) Will Davison – 1661
11) Lee Holdsworth – 1533
28) Thomas Randle – 108

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) DJR-Team Penske – 4830 points
2) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 3963
3) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 3648
5) Tickford Racing (6/23) – 3355

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