|TICKFORD RACING – SUPERLOOP ADELAIDE 500 THURSDAY REPORT|
20 February, 2020
After pacing the field in Tuesday’s SuperTest at The Bend Motorsport Park, Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) was again in the mix at the front on Thursday, posting the third quickest lap of Practice 1 for the Superloop Adelaide 500, the season opening round of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season.
The Tickford Racing Mustangs of Davison and Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) were the fastest Fords on Thursday, Waters placing fifth in the sole Supercars session of the day.
Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) had the 12th quickest time, but his session came to an abrupt end when he made mild contact with an unexpectedly slow Car 35 at the exit of Turn 3, causing considerable damage to the front end of the No. 5 Mustang. Undeterred, Holdsworth will be back on track for Practice 2 on Friday.
His first live session with Tickford Racing in the books, Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang placed 20th, but is eager to find more time in his No. 55 Ford.
The Superloop Adelaide 500 continues Friday with two practice sessions at 2:05 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., ACDT.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m21.18s, 12th
“We just went out on green (tyres) to tune the car up, and we were getting somewhere, but I came through Turns 1-2-3 fully committed, had the lights on and saw (Garry) Jacobson. I just assumed he would get out of the way, but he just sat on the racing line. I went to go left, he went left, so then I went right and he went right. It’s one of those things, but yeah, it’s a bit annoying at this stage of the weekend.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m20.97s, 5th
“It wasn’t a bad day, obviously P5 is not terrible. We definitely have some things to work on with the car, but we’re up the pointy end, the car’s straight, and we’ll see how we go tomorrow.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Practice 1: 1m21.95s, 20th
“The day was good, we got through it, and I got some laps under my belt in the Supercheap Auto Mustang. We’re not reading into the time sheets or stuff like that, it’s just about me getting comfortable. We had a bit of a play with tuning the car, but it was more about me getting confidence driving it. We’ve got a couple more sessions to work on that, so yeah, I’ll be fine.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m20.70s, 3rd
“We’re certainly happy to continue on with Tuesday’s sort of pace. We had a pretty good test day Tuesday, completely different circuit here, so I think everyone, you know, was trying to anticipate what we were going to get. The car was quite comfortable for me, it’s certainly different, certainly lost overall downforce. It was an interesting session, and to be honest I was pretty comfortable in the car.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“Aside from Lee’s incident it was a reasonable day for us. Wednesday was a big day for the crew getting the cars turned around from the test day, and while we have some things to work on tonight, we’re relatively happy with the day, two cars in the top five is certainly a good start. What happened with Lee was unfortunate and probably shouldn’t have happened, but credit to Garry (Jacobson) for putting his hand up. We’ll have it fixed up for practice tomorrow, and try to dial the cars in further.”
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Teenager Broc Feeney (No. 5 Tickford Ford Falcon FG X) officially started his Super2 career on Thursday, taking in two issue-free practice sessions around the Adelaide street circuit. Feeney spent the sessions working up to speed, posting the 11th and eighth quickest laps in the two respective sessions, a reasonable start for the young 17-year old.
Friday for the Super2 Series includes qualifying and the contesting of Race 1 of the 2020 campaign.
No. 5 Tickford Ford Falcon FG X
Practice 1: 1m23.73s, 11th
Practice 2: 1m22.50s, 8th
“It’s all pretty good, the main thing is the car’s straight. I learned a lot today, a new track, new challenges, first time racing in Super2 as well. It’s been a good day and I’ve learned a lot, we’ve just got to keep moving forward, and keep pushing forward through the rest of the weekend.”