TICKFORD RACING – PERTH SUPERNIGHT PREVIEW
1 May, 2019
Tickford Racing returns to the track this weekend for Round 5 of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, at the Perth SuperNight. Following the success of the Sydney SuperNight in 2018, the SuperNight format comes to Western Australia in 2019 with two races scheduled under the lights at Barbagallo Wanneroo Raceway’s 2.42-kilometre circuit.
In addition to night racing, Barbagallo also received a resurfacing in the summer months for the first time since 2004. The cool night time temperatures and smoother surface are anticipated to provide significantly more grip which could result in the 15-year old lap record being eclipsed during the weekend.
The event will also be the first since all Ford teams, including Tickford Racing, altered some aerodynamic components of the new-for-2019 Ford Mustang Supercar, at the request of Supercars on April 23.
Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) leads Tickford into the weekend, sitting third in the Supercars championship ladder. Mostert claimed his first win with Tickford at Barbagallo in 2014.
Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) captured two wins in Perth while driving for Tickford in 2012, and is coming off his equal-best race finish of 2019, a fourth in Race 10 at Phillip Island. Davison currently sits sixth in the championship through the first third of 2019.
As a rookie in 2016, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) scored a surprise pole at Barbagallo, and is eager to return to the Western Australia circuit, where the team had one of its strongest overall showings in 2018.
Entering his fifth round with the team, Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) is looking forward to the new wrinkles put in play ahead of Supercars’ annual trip to the west coast.
The Perth SuperNight takes place May 2-4 at Barbagallo Wanneroo Raceway north of Perth. Supercars opens its weekend with Practice 1 Thursday night, followed by Races 11 and 12 of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship on Friday and Saturday nights.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
“I’m excited for another night racing event. I’ve always enjoyed the Barbagallo track but to drive it at night will add another element of excitement and challenge. Another significant change has been the resurfacing of the track. I believe this will present a big challenge for the teams and drivers to nail a new setup window. I don’t expect tyre degradation to be an issue so qualifying up front will be critical. I’m pumped, bring on a good weekend for The Bottle-O Mustang!”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
“Perth is always a special place to come to for me after 2016, grabbing the pole there in some tricky conditions was really fun and will always be a memory for me. Night racing’s super cool so I’m glad they brought it back, it’ll be fun to have two cracks at it this weekend. The track’s been resurfaced which will be interesting to try and dial in, and obviously we’ve had some changes to the car so it’ll be an interesting weekend but I’m looking forward to having a go.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
“Obviously the spectacle of night racing will be cool to be a part of again, Sydney was a great event last year with all the fireballs and pyrotechnics, so I’m looking forward to it. The new track surface and racing at night could really make it interesting with how we set up the car, I’ll be leaning on Adam (De Borre) to dig into his bag of tricks and help us find a magic set up, but it should be fun. Perth’s always a great round, I really enjoy going there, so it’ll be great to get out the with the fans in WA.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
“A very important weekend with more big changes to the car being made, it’s always tricky without a test day going into a race weekend with new aero modifications, so practice will be crucial. We are working well as a team and are all up for the challenge. The new surface will also change the nature of the circuit and how we normally attack our race plans, setups, and strategies. Perth has always been good to me, so I’m positive we can keep that going.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It’s been a busy past few weeks, that’s for sure. With the public holidays and all the other things going on there were some late nights for the crew to get the cars ready to make the trek to Perth, so credit to the team for doing all they have to get everything done. It’ll be a big weekend, but we always like going to Perth with all the success we’ve had there in the past, and bringing along the SuperNight format is a bit of a bonus. It was very well received last year so it should be a great show for the fans, and hopefully we’re right at the front battling it out.”
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Thomas Randle (No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X) returns to his Dunlop Super2 Series duties this weekend as the Supercars development series contests its second race weekend of 2019. Randle’s season-opener in Adelaide was hampered by a DNF in Race 1 when he was hit from behind on the opening lap, but managed ninth and fourth in the following races, and sits 11th in the championship. In 2018, Randle claimed his first Super2 race pole and round podium at Barbagallo, and is optimistic of a strong weekend in his second visit to the Western Australia circuit.
Super2 holds Races 4 and 5 of 2019 at the Perth SuperNight, with races taking place as the sun sets over Western Australia on Friday Saturday.
No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X
“I am certainly looking forward to getting back in the Skye Sands Tickford Racing Falcon. Aside from my University studies I have had some terrific opportunities out on track to keep sharp. Driving in my first official Supercars session in Tasmania at Symmons Plains was a very special feeling and getting to steer Rusty (French)’s 1969 Mustang in the Touring Car Masters against the likes of Steven Johnson and John Bowe was really cool. This weekend however my attention is completely focused on my Dunlop Super2 campaign.After a tough Adelaide where we showed great speed but were unable to score a noteworthy result, I’m excited to get back on track at Barbagallo. The WA event was a great weekend for me last year, and it will be interesting to see what the pace will be like since the track has been fully resurfaced.”
EVENT NAME: Perth SuperNight
DATE: May 2-4
LOCATION: Neerabup, WA
EVENT NUMBER: 4 of 15
FORMAT: Thursday – 2 x 40-min DS2 practice; 1 x 30-min VASC practice; Friday – 1 x 30-min VASC practice, 1 x 15-min DS2 qualifying, 3 x 10-min qualifying, 1 x 26-lap DS2 race (63km), 1 x 50-lap VASC race (121km); Saturday – 1 x 30-min VASC practice, 1 x 15-min DS2 qualifying, 3 x 10-min qualifying, 1 x 26-lap DS2 race (63km), 1 x 83-lap VASC race (200km)
CIRCUIT: Barbagallo Wanneroo Raceway
DESCRIPTION: Barbagallo Raceway is the second-shortest circuit on the Supercars calendar, just ten meters longer than Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania. The 2.42-kilometre circuit was resurfaced over the summer, meaning the 15-year old lap record is expected to fall when Supercars take to the new surface when combined with the cool conditions of night racing,
TRACK RECORD: 55.94s (Jason Bright, 2004)
TICKFORD RACING BEST RESULT: 1st – Mark Winterbottom (2008 x 3, 2012, 2015 x 2, 2016), Will Davison (2012 x 2), Chaz Mostert (2014)