TICKFORD RACING – CENTURY BATTERIES IPSWICH SUPERSPRINT FRIDAY REPORT
26 July, 2019
23Red Racing’s Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) was the fastest Tickford Ford Mustang in both of Friday’s practice sessions at the Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint, placing second in each on the first day of on-track action at Queensland Raceway.
Davison, who sits ninth in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship standings, was closely followed by Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) in both sessions, Mostert posting the fifth and third fastest laps in the respective sessions.
Along with Davison and Mostert, Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) will advance straight to Q2 in qualifying for Race 19 on Saturday, having posted the tenth fastest lap of Practice 2. Just a hundredth of a second behind Holdsworth, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) was 11th quickest in the session, but has confidence in his race pace heading into the first race of the weekend.
On-track action resumes Saturday at the Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint with Practice 3 at 10:35 a.m. AEST, with knockout qualifying at 1:25 p.m. and Race 19 at 4:15.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m09.68s, 11th
Practice 2: 1m09.31s, 10th
“I feel like we’ve still got a bit of tuning to do, but I’m really pleased to end up in the ten with that time. I got fairly balked on my fastest lap by other cars, so I’m really pleased to get through to Q2. I think we can move up from there, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m09.76s, 12th
Practice 2: 1m09.32s, 11th
“I thought we made progress through the session, and the car’s really good on a used tyre, but when we put the green (tyres) on it, it just didn’t really come alive for some reason. I think there’s pace in it, we’ve just got to make it come alive on a green tyre. I think we’ll qualify well if we do that, and I think we’ve got a good race car. Obviously it’s been a bit tough, I’ve been battling the flu this week, but I’m feeling a bit better now, so I’m hoping for a better day tomorrow.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m09.48s, 5th
Practice 2: 1m09.04s, 3rd
“It’s been a pretty tough day for us in 55. I probably expected to roll out a little bit stronger or get the car feel under me a little bit stronger, but we chucked the toolbox at it over the last two sessions so we’re going to have to go in the truck again, see if there’s another toolbox in there, and then probably chuck the toolbox at it again. Look, it could just be the track, you know. It degrades every year we come, but for me, the grip level out there, I’m just not feeling it through my car. Obviously we’re trying some different things, we’re trying to bridge the gap to these guys (Davison and Scott McLaughlin) too, and for me I just need to chase it a little bit more.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m09.33s, 2nd
Practice 2: 1m08.94s, 2nd
“It’s definitely good to carry over from Practice 1, we rolled out a quick car, obviously we didn’t have the luxury of running last week. But we’ve been working – cliché line, but – as a team, we’ve been fast, we’ve had a quick car at most events between the four of us, but it’s been really interesting. Making lots of changes…We’ve done our homework, I think we’ve brought something that we try to focus on a race car and try and hopefully tweak that as a qualifying car, you know, we backed it up then. There’s some traits in the thing I’m still a bit nervous about, but I know we’ve got something that’s close as well.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It was a pretty positive day for the team overall. Everyone is in or close to in the window of where they need to be, and while we’ve got a bit of work to do we’re pretty happy with the speed of our cars. The guys are saying the track is a bit more abrasive so we have to work with that, but we’ll keep our heads down and try to get ahead of the game for tomorrow.”
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Dunlop Super2 Series sophomore Thomas Randle (No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X) turned his first Super2 laps around the 3.12-kilometre circuit on Friday, placing eighth and sixth in the day’s two Super2 practice sessions. Randle admitted a flat-spotted tyre in the first practice slightly hampered the team’s program, but believes he can bridge the gap to the top spot in Saturday’s action.
Super2 returns to the track Saturday at 12:15 p.m. AEST for Race 8 qualifying, and start Race 8 at 2:55.
No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X
Practice 1: 1m11.09s, 8th
Practice 2: 1m10.71s, 6th
“To be honest, there was a bit of a story to tell today. Silly me, I locked the left front tyre very heavily in the first practice session early on, and we had to deal with that all the way through Practice 1 and Practice 2 until we put the green tyres on. That compromised our session planning a bit, but we tried to get a better balance throughout the sessions, and when we went to the new tyres we were actually fairly strong. On my second push lap I was about two tenths up and pinched a wheel into Turn 4 and aborted the lap. There’s probably another tenth, tenth and a half to find, and a lot of that will be down to me, but the Skye Sands Tickford Racing Falcon was quick, and I think where we finished today was unrepresentative of where we should be tomorrow in qualifying.”