TICKFORD RACING – CENTURY BATTERIES IPSWICH SUPERSPRINT SATURDAY REPORT

27 July, 2019
Milwaukee Racing’s Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) has finished second in Race 19 at the Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint, with Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) in third. Davison’s podium is the first in the history of 23Red Racing, the customer team of Tickford Racing, and Davison’s first in nearly three years. Mostert’s result is his eighth podium finish of 2019

Not far behind was Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) in sixth, notching his 12th top ten of 2019, ahead of Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) in seventh after a season-best fourth starting position. It is the first time all four Tickford-prepared cars have finished in the top seven, and the fifth time in 2019 all four finished in the top ten.

The Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint concludes Sunday with Practice 4 at 9:30 a.m. AEST, followed by Race 20 qualifying at 11:20, and the 200-kilometre Race 20 at 2:10 p.m.

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

Lee Holdsworth
Practice 3: 1m09.71s, 10th
Race 19 Quali: 1m08.94s (Q3), 4th
Race 19 Finish: 7th

“To be honest I was over the moon with qualifying because I didn’t feel we had a top five car for quali. We did some good tuning for a qualifying car, but it just didn’t translate to a good race car, unfortunately.  We lacked a lot of mid-corner rotation, we went on an aggressive strategy, I had a good start but got boxed around a bit trying to avoid Will at Turn 1 and then someone ran into me on the exit which just hurt my momentum. Overall, I’m satisfied with seventh, I certainly wanted a lot more, but for tomorrow we’ve got some good ideas on how to improve the car, so we’ll hopefully come back with a better race car.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cameron Waters
Practice 3:1m09.51s, 5th
Race 19 Quali: 1m09.18s (Q3), 10th
Race 19 Finish: 6th

“Overall a pretty good day, I think. We did it the hard way, obviously through qualifying through the three sessions, and I made a bit of a mistake on my only set of tyres for Q3 which put us tenth. In the race, I had really good race pace, had a really clean pit stop, and came out after the pit stop seventh. Then I hunted down Lee and had a great battle with Lee and finished sixth. Awesome day for the team, obviously with Will (Davison) getting his podium and Chazzy (Mostert) up there as well, but also Thomas (Randle) getting his pole and his win. Great day for the team, let’s do it again tomorrow.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Chaz Mostert
Practice 3: 1m09.40s, 4th
Race 19 Quali: 1m08.97s (Q3), 6th
Race 19 Finish: 3rd

“First of all, these two guys next to me (Jamie Whincup and Will Davison) today were super impressive. Will (has been) chasing a podium all year, so it’s good to see him finally get up there, and also great to stand up there with a teammate. My race, look, I was nervous as on the start line. I was really not happy with my car in qualifying, knowing that the rules, you’ve got to carry your qualifying car over. So I’m super shocked to get a podium today with how the car was feeling earlier today. Saying that, I just trucked on, had a pretty lucky first lap as these guys were all battling in front, I kind of did a bit of a Townsville move again and just got myself into a bit of clean track and I came out, I think I was in fourth after it all settled out, so I got myself into position to try and get a podium.”

On Thomas Randle’s Super2 win:
“It’s good for Tommy Randle, he’s a great young bloke, and for me, Townsville was upsetting, to see him get robbed a little bit there. Those rules and stuff sometimes catch you out, but super pumped to see him (win). He’s a great young bloke, and he’s definitely a talent coming through to the main game eventually. It all starts in Super2, so I couldn’t imagine how he’s feeling tonight.”

No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang 
Will Davison
Practice 3: 1m09.32s, 3rd
Race 19 Quali: 1m08.83s (Q3), 3rd
Race 19 Finish: 2nd

“The start was really good, I was really focused on the start. You know, big opportunity today and I just wanted to get this podium. It sounds silly, it’s just been a bit of a monkey on the back (the) last couple years, everyone starts talking about it and it’s just get on with it.…It honestly does mean a lot, as I just said to (Phil Munday, 23Red Racing owner) on the phone, ‘right, I promise I won’t be so happy with second next time,’ but listen, in this day and age at the moment, in the category at the moment it is brutal, it’s impressively tough, and you know, I’m just trying to do my bit for him. He’s made a big commitment, a big investment, so I’m really proud that I’m going to deliver this for him.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“That’s about as good a day you can have short of getting a win. It really was a top effort from everyone today. Our cars were quick, strategy was strong, and pit stops were excellent. We’re hard at work looking into what we can do for tomorrow, but we’re really proud of the performance of the team today and of late. We’ve been operating at a very high level across the board and we’ll look to continue that tomorrow.”

On Thomas Randle’s Super2 win:
“Thomas was flawless today. Great lap to put it on pole, a great start, and he did a great job managing the lead all race long. Even when they had the aborted start he did the right thing when half the field went crazy, so it’s a fantastic rebound for him; he was pretty down after Townsville, as you’d expect, so it was really important for him to turn it around and we’re thrilled he did.”

DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Three weeks after his first Super2 race win was stripped by post-race penalty, Thomas Randle (No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X) achieved “pure redemption” on Saturday at Ipswich, taking his second career Super2 pole and leading every lap in Race 8 en route to his official first career race win in a Supercar. The win also launches Randle into fifth in the drivers’ championship, within 15 points of the top three.

Super2 returns to the track Saturday at 10:50 a.m. AEST for Race 9 qualifying, and start Race 9 at 12:50 p.m.

No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X
Thomas Randle
Race 8 Quali: 1m10.52s, 1st
Race 8 Finish: 1st

“These are those days you dream about, to be honest. To get pole, after yesterday, I knew I needed to find about a tenth and a half in my driving, we went over the data last night and this morning, and put everything together on that first lap, and it was awesome. I wanted to just finish the job, and the Skye Sands Tickford Falcon was amazing in the race, really great to drive, and to finally get that legitimate win – I know we crossed the line first in Townsville – but to cross it again first today and hang onto it is a special feeling.”

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 2288 points
2) Fabian Coulthard – 1954
3) Shan an Gisbergen – 1780
4) Chaz Mostert – 1769
7) Cameron Waters – 1498
8) Will Davison – 1412
10) Lee Holdsworth – 1320

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) DJR-Team Penske – 4182 points
2) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 3368
3) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 3089
5) Tickford Racing (6/23) – 2880

SUPER2 DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Bryce Fullwood – 988 points
2) Zane Goddard – 789
3) Kurt Kostecki – 635
5) Thomas Randle – 619

Ends.