Supercars’ second visit to The Bend Motorsport Park was a far more friendly affair to Tickford Racing than its 2018 appearance, as we scored a very positive weekend with three podiums and a pole position, and continued to chip away towards that number 1 spot. Read on for more on our weekend in SA in our crash course and gallery from Tailem Bend.
Randle’s starring debut
At the helm of the No. 66 Scandia Ford Mustang, team Super2 driver Thomas Randle made his main game Supercars debut in a wild card entry at The Bend, and was turning heads from the word ‘go.’ The 23-year old started Friday by leading the additional drivers practice, and was the talk of town after Practice 2 where he placed tenth, earning a bye into Q2 for Saturday qualifying. Despite being spun at the start of Race 21 and a qualifying mistake on Sunday relegating him to 21st starting position, the rookie fought back to commendable 17th place finishes in both races.
The good news didn’t end with the weekend, on Monday we announced Tom will join Lee Holdsworth in The Bottle-O Mustang at this year’s Enduros, meaning his next Supercars race start will be in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Mozzie, Davo double up
Following up their podium appearances from Ipswich in late July, Chaz Mostert and Will Davison again found the trophy steps at The Bend, with Mostert taking second and third in Races 21 and 22 respectively, as well as a pole position in Race 21. After a frustrating Saturday for Davison, the Milwaukee Racing driver fired back on Sunday with a season-best 2nd in qualifying, taking the same position at the chequered flag of Race 22. Wilbur led 11 laps in Race 22 and appeared on to challenge for the win before an air box fire while in the lane for his second stop slowed his time, ultimately relinquishing the lead.
However, between Mostert’s challenge on Saturday and Davison’s pace on Sunday, we’ve appeared to have further narrowed the gap to the team next door. To be continued…
Crew make Pit Stop Challenge Final
As the last 120km race of the season, Saturday’s Race 21 was the last round of the Pit Stop Challenge for 2019 before the all-important final at Bathurst. The Car 55 crew placed fourth, sealing the last spot to advance to the final which makes up the highlight of the annual Friday night broadcast in pit lane, and serves up some $20,000 to the winning crew. The Car 55 crew also services stops for Car 5, which was the fifth quickest crew in pit lane.
What’s Next: Auckland SuperSprint
Next on the list is our annual trip across the ditch to Pukekohe Raceway Park and the Auckland SuperSprint. Our 2018 visit to NZ saw Mostert score third in the Saturday race on a relatively positive weekend for the team. However rather than the traditional November slot Pukie has held since 2015, we’re racing in September, the final round before Bathurst and the 2019 Enduro Cup. The Auckland SuperSprint takes place September 13-15.