TICKFORD RACING – SUPERLOOP ADELAIDE 500 FRIDAY REPORT
21 February, 2020
Placing second and third in Friday’s two practice sessions, Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) has firmly established himself among the lead group in the opening days of the 2020 Superloop Adelaide 500. Davison is also the only driver to have concluded each of the weekend’s practice sessions in the top three.
Close behind Davison was Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang), who was classified fourth and eighth in Friday’s practice sessions. He and Davison both will skip the first segment of knockout qualifying on Saturday and Sunday, having placed in the top ten of each of Friday’s sessions.
Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) and Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) were not as fortunate, placing 12th and 15th, respectively, in both of the day’s practice sessions. However both are confident of better race days, as Holdsworth continues the development of his Mustang and Le Brocq continues to acclimatise to his new machine.
The Superloop Adelaide 500 continues Saturday with Race 1 qualifying and Top Ten Shootout at 11:55 a.m. ACDT, with the first race of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship kicking off at 4:20 p.m.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Practice 2: 1m 20.29s, 12th
Practice 3: 1m20.00, 12th
“We haven’t quite found the set up window yet, but we’re confident we have a direction to find the balance in the car. Sammy (Scaffidi) is making some big changes tonight so hopefully we roll out strong for qualifying.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 2: 1m20.00s, 4th
Practice 3: 1m19.64s, 8th
“It was a pretty good day, we kind of just carried on from what we learned in Practice 1. We improved on the deficits we had, which was good, obviously to make the top ten in both sessions was probably the important part of those practices, which we achieved. We learned a bit more of what the car likes and doesn’t like, so we’ll hammer our heads together tonight – Pottsy (Sam Potter, engineer) and I – and work out what we need to take that next step. It’s super tight out there, so we’re not looking for much time.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Practice 2: 1m20.45s, 15th
Practice 3: 1m20.16s, 15th
“I’m getting the hang of it, bit by bit. We started that last session with a race run on the oldest set of tyres we had, and that was good. We had fairly good speed for that, and the car felt all right in race trim, then on green tyres I just overdrove it, didn’t make the most of it. But it’s all good, I’m getting more comfortable and learning with every session.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Practice 2: 1m19.90s, 2nd
Practice 3: 1m19.57s, 3rd
“The track’s gripped up a bit today, you’re trying to tune in the sessions but you’re mindful that you’ve got to get through to that top ten. It does make for a tricky day, and yeah, that was interesting. Chazzy’s done a quick time there, and there’s certainly a little bit more in my thing, but we’ll try and do it when it counts tomorrow.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“We’re still searching for a bit of pace in some of our cars, but all in all today was pretty reasonable. We know where our strengths and weaknesses are, and feel we can roll out with a strong qualifying tomorrow. Track position is always important, so hopefully we can have all four cars up near the front to put us in a good position for the race tomorrow.”
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Tickford Racing new recruit Broc Feeney made his Super2 race debut on Friday, qualifying in seventh position, second best among a sharp crop of Super2 rookies. The 17-year old’s debut race was one of learning, as he focused on a clean 19-lap run that culminated in a 10th place finish.
Feeney will have another crack on Saturday in Race 2 of the Dunlop Super2 Series season, which begins at 2:05 p.m. ACDT.
No. 5 Tickford Ford Falcon FG X
Race 1 Quali: 1m21.30s, 7th
Race 1 Finish: 10th
“Qualifying I felt was quite good. We made a big improvement from where we were at in practice which was really positive. I was really happy with P7, I made massive improvements from practice which was good, and I felt more comfortable in the car. In the race, not everything went to plan, but the main thing is I got the first race out of the way. We had a little bit of damage that hindered us mid race, I got the tyre bundle at the entry to Turn 1, which sort of affected us late in the race. I’m just happy to get the first race of the year out of the way, and now just learn for the rest of the weekend. I know where we need to make up time, and we’ll move forward from here.”