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Superloop Adelaide 500, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Adelaide, South Australia. Australia 22nd Feb 2020

TICKFORD RACING – SUPERLOOP ADELAIDE 500 SATURDAY REPORT
22 February, 2020

With fifth and sixth place finishes in Saturday’s Race 1 at the Superloop Adelaide 500, Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) and Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) have opened their accounts of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with a solid bank of points.

Lee Holdsworth’s (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) finishing position from Saturday is strangely similar to the rest of his weekend, coming 12th to the chequered flag, the same position in which he started today’s race and the same position in which he was classified in all three of the weekend’s practice sessions. With a race under his belt and a better understanding of his car’s set up, Holdsworth is optimistic he can finish the weekend with a better result on Sunday.

Making his race debut for Supercheap Auto Racing, Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) started from 14th and came home 16th, with all four Tickford Racing-prepared Mustangs completing all 78 laps of the notoriously abrasive Adelaide street circuit in the first race of the 2020 campaign.

The Superloop Adelaide 500 concludes Sunday with Race 2’s qualifying and Top Ten Shootout at 11:50 a.m. ACDT, followed by Race 2 at 3:20 p.m.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang

Lee Holdsworth
Race 1 Quali: 1m20.11s, 12th
Top Ten Shootout: n/a
Race 1 Finish: 12th
“We made some big changes to the car and its philosophy overnight. I think we’re similar to the direction of the other cars now, which is working. We’ve got a direction now, and we improved it for the race, we had a good car in outright speed and had good tyre life, but there are still some things holding me back from being able to be a bit more consistent and a couple of tenths quicker. If we can tune that out of the car, then I think we’ll have a really solid starting position tomorrow and a good race car.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cameron Waters
Race 1 Quali: 1m19.54s, 2nd
Top Ten Shootout: 1m19.58s, 5th
Race 1 Finish: 6th

“Solid day to start the year. I think we probably had a lot more potential in the car, but in the Top Ten Shootout I had a little mistake, there was a bit of oil down, that probably cost me a starting position. I had a really fast car in the race, good tyre life, but it was just hard with track position. I had a cool battle with Wilbur and Chazzy which was probably the highlight of the race, to be honest. But yeah, good to get some points, we have a straight car, and we’ll try again tomorrow.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Race 1 Quali: 1m20.53s, 14th
Top Ten Shootout: n/a
Race 1 Finish: 16th

“It was hard work, you obviously want to go forwards and not backwards, but I learned a lot from it. We got through the race unscathed, there’s some good and some bad to take away from it, but we got through it, and we’ll go again tomorrow.”

No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Will Davison
Race 1 Quali: 1m19.74s, 5th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m19.49s, 3rd
Race 1 Finish: 5th

“Qualifying was great, we’ve had a really strong weekend, so it’s obviously disappointing when we’ve been top three in almost every session to, you know, drop to fifth. But all in all we had no idea what our race balance was going to do, so it was really important to get to the end of the race to actually see where we’re at. It was a tough race, I had a bit of a battle there with Chaz (Mostert), and we held each other up quite a lot, so unfortunately that lost us a few spots, but we fought hard, and certainly now know what the car does over a stint. Hopefully we can make it nicer for the race tomorrow.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“No doubt it’s a solid start to the season, Will and Cam have had a great weekend so far, but we all wanted to achieve more today. A few little things got in the way today that kept us from maximising the speed of our cars, but they all came back straight, which is obviously very positive on a track like Adelaide. The potential is there to have a car or two on the podium, so we’ll work hard at it tonight to see what more we can get out of tomorrow.”

DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Completing an issue free Race 2 on Saturday, Broc Feeney (No. 5 Tickford Ford Falcon FG X) avoided incidents and mistakes from other drivers to finish his second race of the weekend in seventh place. With no qualifying on Sunday morning, it’s all race mode for Feeney, who will start Sunday’s Dunlop Super2 Series race from ninth, where he stands in the drivers’ championship after two races.

Super2 Race 3 begins at 1:25 p.m. ACDT, the third and final race of the weekend.

No. 5 Tickford Ford Falcon FG X
Broc Feeney
Race 2 Start: 10th
Race 2 Finish: 7th

“I was definitely happier with how today’s race went. Being able to move up three spots during the race and edge closer to the top five was good. I felt that I had the pace for a fifth place finish, but just couldn’t maximise some corners which affected my passing opportunities. I’m very excited for Race 3 tomorrow as I feel we can have a very strong last race and walk away with some reasonable points.”

SUPERCARS DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Jamie Whincup – 150 points
2) Scott McLaughlin – 138
3) Shane van Gisbergen – 129
5) Will Davison – 111
6) Cameron Waters – 102
12) Lee Holdsworth – 69
16) Jack Le Brocq – 57

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 279 points
2) DJR Team Penske – 216
3) Erebus Motorsport – 183
4) Tickford Racing (5/23) – 180
5) Tickford Racing (6/55) – 159

SUPER2 DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Brodie Kostecki – 200 points
2) Thomas Randle – 184
3) Will Brown – 172
9) Broc Feeney – 116

Ends.