TICKFORD RACING – THE BEND SUPERSPRINT SATURDAY REPORT

24 August, 2019
With a second-place finish from pole in Race 21 on Saturday, Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) collected his tenth podium of 2019 and the 50th of his Supercars career, tying Jason Bright for 15th most in Supercars history. Mostert’s pole earlier in the day was his third of the season and 19th of his career, breaking a tie with Marcos Ambrose for 12th on the all-time list. Mostert also moves up to third in the championship with the result.

While Mostert’s day ended with a trophy, Tickford Racing’s other four cars had far less fortune. Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) finished ninth after being shuffled back in the pit sequence of the 24-lap race, still his 14th top ten from 21 races this year.

Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang), Thomas Randle (No. 66 Scandia Ford Mustang), and Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) were all caught up in separate incidents on the opening lap of the race, the latter two being spun out. Holdsworth recovered to finish 13th ahead of Randle who concluded his maiden Supercars race in 17th. Davison suffered further front-end damage following his spin and did not finish the race.

The Bend SuperSprint concludes Sunday with Practice 4 at 9:00 a.m. ACST, followed by knockout qualifying at 10:50, and Race 22 at 1:00 p.m.

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

Lee Holdsworth
Practice 3: 1m48.99s, 5th
Race 21 Quali: 1m49.30s (Q2), 11th
Race 21: 13th

“It was a frustrating day, qualifying didn’t go to plan, I only got one lap at it, made a mistake on the second lap, so I was disappointed with that, to qualify out of the ten, the car was better than that. In the race, I got off to a good start, got taken out as I came out of Turn 1, and I would have jumped about four cars. We dropped back to second-last and came back through to 13th with a good strategy and pretty good car speed. We still need to find a chunk of time, but the car should be further up the grid tomorrow.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cameron Waters
Practice 3: 1m48.93s, 4th
Race 21 Quali: 1m48.25s (Q3), 5th
Race 21: 9th

“We qualified all right, I didn’t have the best first lap, and we obviously got caught in the train and couldn’t really get out, but the car’s just not good enough right now. We’ve got one car that’s really quick at the moment, we’ve just to work out why that one’s quick and then go from there.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Chaz Mostert
Practice 3: 1m48.76s, 2nd
Race 21 Quali: 1m47.52s (Q3), 1st
Race 21: 2nd

“For me, that race was good to be able to actually see Scott (McLaughlin) and finish at the chequered line and still see him in my vision. Good day for us, it’s always one of those things when you start on pole, you never really want to go positions back, but it’s just good to have car speed and be able to go with him. So, I’m looking forward to tomorrow, and see if we can tune it up a bit more tonight.”

No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang 
Will Davison
Practice 3: 1m49.15s, 7th
Race 21 Quali: 1m48.61s (Q3), 10th
Race 21: DNF

“I’m pretty shattered with the day. We showed so much promise, being quite quick in qualifying, I think the car was great at the end of qualifying, we were on a lap which should have easily put us third on the grid and we had the engine issue. The team did a great job getting the engine changed, we had to start from tenth, and unfortunately got taken out on the first lap, so very frustrating. We had so much potential today for a good result, and we’ve got nothing, so we’ll just have to fight tomorrow.”

No. 66 Scandia Ford Mustang
Thomas Randle
Practice 3: 1m49.59s, 17th
Race 21 Quali: 1m49.64s (Q2), 14th
Race 21: 17th 

“My first day as a solo Supercars driver was something really special. The day got off to a good start, we qualified 14th for the race, and unfortunately got turned around at Turn 1 on the first lap, but after that the pace was really good. I thought we recovered really well, we went from the back back up into 17th and had really good car speed. We’re looking to reset and sort of carry that momentum into tomorrow. Hopefully we can have another good qualifying and even stronger race.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“Chaz drove very well today to put it on pole, and he gave the guys next door a good run which I think shows we’re continuing to chip away towards the front. Unfortunately we had a heap of bad luck outside of it, Cam struggled a bit today and that first lap was pretty evil, basically taking three of our cars out of contention straight away. It wasn’t the best day, but we’ve got a trophy out of it, and we’ll have another go tomorrow.”

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 2588 points
2) Fabian Coulthard – 2074
3) Chaz Mostert – 2036
7) Cameron Waters – 1684
9) Will Davison – 1523
11) Lee Holdsworth – 1449
29) Thomas Randle – 54

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) DJR-Team Penske – 4602 points
2) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 3750
3) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 3435
5) Tickford Racing (6/23) – 3127

Ends.