TICKFORD RACING – SUPERCHEAP AUTO BATHURST 1000 SATURDAY REPORT

12 October, 2019
After brilliant Top Ten Shootout laps on Saturday, Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) and Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) have qualified second and third for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. It is both drivers’ best career starts in Australia’s Great Race, where three of the four Tickford prepared Mustangs contested the Top Ten Shootout.

Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) lamented not making the most of his Shootout lap, but qualified sixth, and Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) will start 20th after a frustrating Friday qualifying run, but was quick in Saturday practice and remains optimistic of his and Thomas Randle’s chances on Sunday.

Drivers take to the track Sunday morning at 8:20 AEDT for a final warm up session, followed by the start of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at 11:30 a.m.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Practice 6: 2m05.84s, 11th
Practice 7: 2m04.61s, 9th
Top Ten Shootout: n/a, 20th

Lee Holdsworth (co-driver Thomas Randle)
“Obviously our day was focused solely on race prep, and I think it went pretty well. We got a lot of good practice stops in and feel pretty comfortable with those elements, and our race car is in a good window to be competitive. We all wanted to be in the Shootout today, but tomorrow’s a long day, and you can win this race from anywhere, so I’m looking forward to fighting forward from 20th tomorrow, chipping away, and seeing how far we can take The Bottle-O Mustang.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 6: 2m06.19s, 17th
Practice 7: 2m03.95s, 3rd
Top Ten Shootout: 2m03.92s, 3rd

Cameron Waters (co-driver Michael Caruso)
“Obviously I’m pretty happy to be starting P3. I went out there aiming to give it my all and try to get as far up the grid as I could for tomorrow, and managed to do that. I think P3 is pretty good from eighth, I didn’t leave much on the table. Scotty (McLaughlin) was probably a bit quicker than us, but our race pace has been pretty solid as well. It’s a long race, we’re starting up the right end, Caruso is fast in the car as well and very comfortable, so we’re in a good position for the ‘1000.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Practice 6: 2m05.30s, 7th
Practice 7: 2m03.51s, 1st
Top Ten Shootout: 2m03.78s, 2nd

Chaz Mostert (co-driver James Moffat)
“Everyone’s ultra-committed out there, and inches off walls and driving to the grip level I had. I did the best job I could, mate, but we got smoked. Best of the rest, happy with the front row start. That’s where you want to be in this race, nice clean air at the start and try to minimise risk for the race. Happy we’re up there, it’s a big turnaround from where we were last year. I feel a lot more confident in the car and I’m looking forward to the race, and just going to try to be in it.”

No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Practice 6: 2m04.75s, 1st
Practice 7: 2m04.16s, 7th
Top Ten Shootout: 2m04.33s, 6th

Will Davison (co-driver Alex Davison)
“It doesn’t mean a whole lot for tomorrow, but it’s an amazing thing to be in that Shootout, and I just really focused and I really wanted to nail a good lap. We’ve lost our way from Thursday, a lot of understeer in the car this morning, we went back on some changes and it just had way more front than I thought. So I’ve just lost my way, I was sort of second guessing the car a little bit, so I’m just disappointed, mate. It doesn’t really matter, I think we fixed what we were trying to, but I’m just a bit angry at myself. I didn’t do a bad lap, but just would’ve liked a bit more from myself.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It was a great day for the team, to have three cars in the Top Ten Shootout and perform the way they did is really satisfying. I think we all had our hopes up for a bit thinking we might have a shot at pole, but that same car that’s been fast all year went super-fast today. Oh well, it’s what it is, we’re here to be P1 on Sunday anyway. We’ve got three cars in the top six, and all four are very strong in race trim, so we’re looking forward to tomorrow as much as ever.”

On Thomas Randle’s Super2 result:
“Thomas did a brilliant job, and exactly what he needed to today. Yesterday was obviously frustrating for him, but he flipped it entirely and drove a clean race and was rewarded for it. It’s a huge boost for his confidence going into tomorrow, and is really good for his Super2 season as well, so we’re very excited for him.”

DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Following a post-race penalty to Car 16 on Saturday evening, Thomas Randle (No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X) was declared the winner of Dunlop Super2 Series Race 10 at Mount Panorama, after finishing second on the road in Saturday’s 250-kilometre race at Bathurst. It is a significant turnaround for Randle, who found the wall in practice on Friday, and after commendable repair by the crew qualified sixth on Friday afternoon. The result elevates Randle to second in the Super2 championship with two rounds to go.

Super2 is next in action at the Sandown 500, November 8-10.

No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X
Thomas Randle
Warm Up: 2m07.47s, 4th
Race 10: 1st

“It doesn’t feel amazing because of the circumstances, but hey, we’ve been in exactly the same position as Bryce (Fullwood). I won convincingly up at Townsville, just like you could say Bryce won convincingly here today, and got stripped of that. Ironically he was elevated to first in Townsville, so I guess the roles are reversed. I know I saw the yellow flags and I backed out of it, it was the last lap and we were pretty safe. I know exactly how he’s feeling now, but I’m just going to soak it in. It was a race of minimising mistakes, and we did pretty well with that today. Great way to top off the day, and to think that a little over 24 hours ago the car had a couple corners hanging off it, and now we’ve won the race, it’s pretty awesome, and a great way to head into the ‘1000’ tomorrow with Lee Holdsworth.”

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