TICKFORD RACING – PHILLIP ISLAND SUPERSPRINT SATURDAY REPORT

13 April, 2019

With a fifth place finish in Saturday’s Race 9, Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) led Tickford Racing to the chequered flag, his third consecutive fifth place finish at the Victorian seaside circuit. Mostert also moves into fifth in the drivers’ championship following the day’s result.

23Red Racing’s Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) started fifth but lost time behind traffic following his Lap 5 pit stop, ultimately finishing in tenth place.

Held up off the initial start, Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) struggled with his car’s balance for a majority of the race, ending with a 15th place finish.

Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) had a strong start from seventh on the grid and made steady advances through the 27-lap race. However while challenging for sixth on Lap 21, Waters collided with Car 97, causing terminal damage to the right rear of his Ford Mustang and ending his race.

Tickford Racing concludes the Phillip Island SuperSprint Sunday, April 14, with Practice 4 at 9:20 a.m. AEST, Race 10 knockout qualifying at 11:40, and Race 10 at 2:15 p.m.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang

Lee Holdsworth
Practice 3: 1m30.76s, 8th
Race 9 Quali: 1m30.63s (Q2), 11th
Race 9 Finish: 15th

“It was a real struggle today, the car had a really poor balance, it was just hard to keep it on the road. I’m pretty disappointed, we had good pace leading up to the race so I was fairly confident in the car, but it didn’t go our way in the race. We’ve got a lot of work to do tonight, and we’ll try to come back with a quick car tomorrow.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cameron Waters
Practice 3: 1m30.49s, 4th
Race 9 Quali: 1m30.44s, 7th
Race 9 Finish: DNF

“We had a good start and a relatively quick race car, I think it was quick enough for the podium. But obviously track position is kind of key around here, we didn’t have that after qualifying. The boys had a pretty solid stop, but Rick (Kelly) just blocked for ten laps of the race. I was finally getting somewhere and he blocked so hard that Shane (van Gisbergen) tried to pass both of us, Shane and I clanged wheels, and it tore the right rear wheel out of it. It’s very unfortunate, I’m disappointed for the boys, it would have been good if we could have passed Rick and he didn’t block us for ten laps.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Chaz Mostert
Practice 3: 1m30.56s, 6th
Race 9 Quali: 1m30.10s, 3rd
Race 9 Finish: 5th

“We’re missing a lot from the car, to be honest. Coming out of qualifying I was reasonably, half happy with the balance, so I was very excited going into the race, but we completely lost it somehow. We had mad understeer throughout the race, and that was really the story of our day. It’s frustrating but we still got a top five which is reasonable, and we’ll see if we can get it right tomorrow.”

No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang 
Will Davison
Practice 3: 1m31.60s, 20th
Race 9 Quali: 1m30.29s, 5th
Race 9 Finish: 10th

“Tough race, a very, very disappointing result really. Unfortunately with the new pit lane rules we went very conservative, pitting Lap 5, and not wanting to risk getting caught out with a Safety Car. But in terms of it being the ultimate strategy it just didn’t quite work in our favour. We had a lot of cars on cold tyres jump us, and then we just got caught in a big battle which was messy and untidy. We dumped a heap of spots and really struggled with tyre life in dirty air. The pace in the first few laps was quite strong, but we were quite weak in traffic, so we’ve certainly got to fix that for tomorrow. We brought home a straight car, just snuck inside the top ten, but certainly was a disappointing day.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“Without a doubt it was a disappointing result, what with the pace we showed at the start of the weekend. We expected today to go a fair bit better, but things just went against us. It’s frustrating, with guys getting caught in traffic and Cam getting taken out by rather light contact, it just wasn’t a great day for us. We’ve got our homework to do tonight, which the boys are well onto, and we’ll try to turn it around tomorrow.”

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 920 points
2) Fabian Coulthard – 784
3) David Reynolds – 719
5) Chaz Mostert – 704
9) Will Davison – 602
13) Cameron Waters – 490
14) Lee Holdsworth – 477

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) DJR-Team Penske – 1704 points
2) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 1286
3) Brad Jones Racing – 1234
4) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 1181
6) Tickford Racing (6/23) – 1062

Ends.