TICKFORD RACING – THE BEND SUPERSPRINT PREVIEW
6 May, 2021
The fourth round of the 2021 Supercars Championship sees the category head to South Australia and The Bend Motorsport Park, where Tickford Racing was victorious in its most recent visit to the country’s newest permanent racing circuit.
Cam Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) picked up that victory on The Bend’s West Circuit in 2020, scoring a trio of podiums across weekend. Waters heads into The Bend fourth in the Supercars drivers’ championship, and currently leads the field as the fastest average qualifier through the season’s first eight races.
The Bend was one of Jack Le Brocq’s (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) strongest events in 2020, where the 28-year old scored his second career podium finish in the opening race of the event. Following a frustrating end to the Tasmania SuperSprint, Le Brocq is eager to hit the track in South Australia and fight back towards the front.
An incident in the second race in Tasmania last time out dampened James Courtney’s (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang) last hit out, however the 2010 champion has shown speed across each event in 2021, and looks forward to putting that pace on display at The Bend this weekend.
Competing in a wild card entry for the team, Thomas Randle (No. 55 Castrol Racing Ford Mustang) makes his 2021 debut at the same circuit where he made his Supercars main game debut in 2019, also in a wild card entry for Tickford. Randle tested impressively at Winton Motor Raceway in April, and is ready to mix it up again with the best in Australian motorsport.
The Bend SuperSprint is the fourth event on the 2021 Supercars calendar and will host Races 9, 10, and 11 of the 2021 season. On-track action begins Saturday with two practice sessions ahead of qualifying and a 24-lap Race 9, followed by qualifying and contesting Races 10 and 11 on Sunday.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
“I’m looking forward to getting back to The Bend, it was nice to us back in 2020, I had a couple of really good results there. A little bit of a difficult start to this season, so fingers crossed we can get back there, have a couple good results and get our season back on track. For Tickford I think it’s going to be a strong showing, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
“I’m super pumped to get to The Bend, a much different track to Tasmania, and obviously (we got) our last race win there. (While) It was the short track we won on last year, I’m really keen to get back to the long one and I think we’ll have a strong car there. The Bend is obviously very fast and flowing, a lot higher grip levels than, say, what Tassie was. A lot less (tyre) deg, so coming off our car eating its tyres at Tassie, it’s probably a good track to go to for us, and pretty close to Mildura also, I’ll have a lot of family and friends there, so it’ll be cool to get there.”
No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
“The Bend’s a really fun circuit to drive, lots of high speed corners, some nice elevation changes, and it’s a track where you need high commitment and a well-balanced car. The team’s had some success there in the past and the Boost Mobile Mustang was pretty speedy there last year so hopefully we can have more of the same this weekend. Our season to date has been a bit up and down results-wise, but our car speed has been positive, so we’ll keep aiming to convert it into strong race finishes.”
No. 55 Castrol Racing Ford Mustang
“I really can’t wait to get back into the Castrol Racing Mustang, for the first time I actually get to race it this weekend. It’s just going to be an awesome feeling to be back racing against the big boys, I mean it’s the pinnacle of Australian racing, driving in the Supercars Championship. I just want to make sure I can do everything right on my end, extract all the maximums out of what I’m doing in the car, and trying to work well with my engineer, Ray (Lau) and all the guys. It’s a two-day event, it’s very short and sharp stuff. You don’t have long between practice, qualifying, and the races, so I think it’s just important (that) we just try and maximise everything and tick all the boxes.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“We’re excited to take our four Mustangs to The Bend this weekend. We’ve had strong showings there the past couple of years, of course Cam picked up a win and Jack nearly pulled one off himself in 2020, so we head in confident in our car speed across the board. Having Thomas on board this weekend is very exciting as well, and we look forward to seeing how he fares mixing it up with the big boys again.”
EVENT NAME: The Bend SuperSprint
LOCATION: Tailem Bend, SA
EVENT NUMBER: 4 of 12
FORMAT: Saturday – 2 x 30-min RSC practice, 1 x RSC Quali (3 x 10-min rounds), 1 x 46-lap RSC race (119 km); Sunday – 2 x RSC 10-min Quali, 2 x 24-lap RSC race (119 km)
CIRCUIT: The Bend Motorsport Park
DESCRIPTION:The Bend is Australia’s newest permanent racing circuit and the second-longest circuit on the Supercars calendar. Its high speed corners are punishing on the Dunlop Soft Tyres, making car balance and tyre management crucial across the weekend’s three races.
TRACK RECORD:1m49.40s (David Reynolds, 2019)
TICKFORD RACING BEST RESULT:2nd, Chaz Mostert (2019), Jack Le Brocq (2020); (Cam Waters won a race on The Bend’s West Circuit in 2020)