TICKFORD RACING – SANDOWN 500 SUNDAY REPORT

10 November, 2019

Tickford Racing has placed second and third at the Sandown 500, thanks to the duos of Chaz Mostert and James Moffat (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) and Lee Holdsworth and Thomas Randle (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang), respectively. It is Mostert’s 53rd career podium and 13th of 2019, while it marks Holdsworth’s first top three finish since joining Tickford Racing this season. The results move Mostert to fifth and Holdsworth ninth in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with one round remaining. Holdsworth and Randle also finished third in the annual Enduro Cup, spanning the Bathurst, Gold Coast, and Sandown events.

Behind them, Will and Alex Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) completed an exceptional comeback to finish sixth at the chequered flag. Starting from fourth, the No. 23 Mustang stalled when the lights went out, dropping as low as 24th on the opening lap. The recovery effort sees Will jump to eighth in the overall standings.

The Monster Energy Racing Mustang of Cameron Waters and Michael Caruso (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) saw their challenge for a result come to an end on Lap 36 when Caruso was driven off the track by wildcard entry Car 56, damaging the left front corner and forcing Caruso to pit for repairs. The pair ultimately finished 21st, 16 laps down.

The 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship concludes in a fortnight at the Newcastle 500, November 22-24.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Warm Up: 1m08.37s, 4th
Race 30: 3rd

Lee Holdsworth
“I knew that we had a car that was going to be good enough to be up the front, and Thomas did an amazing job, yesterday and today. I’m just stoked to be back up on the podium, it’s been way too long, it’s a really good feeling. I was tearing up a little with about six to go and I thought I’ve got to pull myself together here, because it’s not over. It’s great, I’ve really enjoyed working with Thomas, and we’ve had a pretty solid enduro campaign. I’m sure, the talent he shows, that he deserves to have a seat in the main series.”

Thomas Randle
“I was pretty nervous, at the time we were racing (Fabian) Coulthard, and then after the last stops we came out in front of him, and I think a couple laps later Chaz came out of the pits, so we knew the race was on for P3 with Chaz. They definitely had the speed over us on that last stint. Chaz and Moff drove really well today, and like James said it’s great to have two team cars on the podium. Once we were in fourth, the nerves were pretty much gone, and then I guess we got lucky with what happened to van Giz, and like Lee said, I think it’s about time the luck changed for him, so it’s great to share the podium with Lee. Like he said, it’s been an awesome ride, and the team have been really accommodating. Not just with my Super2 stuff but being a co-driver with him, it’s been an awesome ride, and yeah, a great way to end the Pirtek Enduro Cup.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Warm Up: 1m08.54s, 11th
Race 30: 21st

Cameron Waters
“Obviously a very disappointing day, we had a lot of speed over the enduro campaign, really every race we had a car for the podium or thereabouts, but we didn’t come out of it with a whole lot, which is disappointing. Today, Carus just got caught up in someone trying to prove themselves, and yeah, obviously put us out of the race, cost us a lot of points. I can’t thank Caruso enough, he’s done an awesome job, just gutted we couldn’t get him a trophy.”

Michael Caruso
“Obviously I’m very disappointed today. I had a great start, made up some really good positions and had ourselves in a spot we had no doubt we could fight for a podium. I’m disappointed we got taken out by a car that had nothing to lose, and you could tell by the move. It obviously ended our race, but no loss for them. It’s disappointing for the whole team, they’re out here racing the championship, Cam and all the guys. We’ll move on, I’m sure they’ll do the job for the rest of the year, and good luck to them in Newcastle.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Warm Up: 1m08.44s, 6th
Race 30: 2nd
Chaz Mostert

“It’s been an absolute nightmare of an enduro campaign for us, Bathurst and then Gold Coast, not even being able to race there. For me, the best part about today and getting a trophy right at the end here is more for Moff. He’s kind of been on the wrong end of the stick because of the accidents throughout the enduro campaign with myself and teammates and qualifying laps, so today was awesome to be able to get a trophy for Moff and thank him for the year.”

James Moffat
“I’ve got to go give Chazzy a shoulder massage, he carried me today that’s for sure. He drove the absolute wheels off it, I had a real battle on my hands when I was in the car, just struggling with the rear grip and the rear tyres going off. Nonetheless, you know, for him to charge through the field – I wasn’t too confident after I hopped out of the car where we might end up, then with about 50 laps to go it sort of looked like it was possibly coming towards us thanks to the pace he had in the car. Big thanks also to the team to get two cars on the podium, it’s a great reward for them, not only for all the work they’ve done this year, but throughout the enduro campaign. It’s nice that Chazzy and I were able to get another trophy together, it’s been been enjoyable working alongside him, and he’s an absolute freak, so I’m just along for the ride.”

No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Warm Up: 1m08.64s, 14th
Race 30: 6th

Will Davison
“Disappointing start, I’m pretty shattered for Alex with that little issue off the start line, but we put our heads down, Brendan (Hogan, engineer) did a great job with the strategy. The car was quite fast, so I just drove as hard as I could, so I suppose to get back to sixth, all things considered, is a good recovery.”

Alex Davison
“I’m really just shattered. I simply stuffed the start and dropped from fourth straight to the back. We fought hard to get back through the field, strategy was good, car was fast, I think we did well to get back to sixth, but Will and I really should have been on the podium today, and that’s a really painful way to end the enduros.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“A great way to end the enduros, for sure. Obviously Chaz and Moff drove great today, and the whole team is ecstatic for Lee and Tom. We can say we’ve put four different cars on the podium this year, which is a huge credit to everyone across the team. Will and Alex had a great run to get back to sixth, and obviously a pretty gutting run for Cam and Michael, they were well on their way to a strong finish as well. It’s a really positive way to end the enduros and our biggest races of the year.”

DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Randle’s main game showing vastly overshadowed his Sunday Super2 result, which was cut short by a terminal mechanical issue during Race 12, and did not finish the race. The result drops Randle to fourth in the Super2 order with one round to go.

The Dunlop Super2 Series also wraps up its 2019 season in Newcastle, November 22-24.

No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X
Race 12 Quali: 1m08.53s, 5th
Race 12 Finish: DNF
Thomas Randle

“It was a weekend to forget in Super2, today I got a poor start from fifth and dropped back to ninth, and pretty early on it was apparent we had something wrong with the engine, it felt weak and the team identified an issue pretty quickly. We brought it in and unfortunately it wasn’t something we could fix and get out to be classified for, so that was our day done. It’s a bit of a shame, but we’ve got one round to go and we’ll regroup for Newcastle.”

SUPERCARS DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 3614 points
2) Shane van Gisbergen – 3064
3) Jamie Whincup – 2968
5) Chaz Mostert – 2705
7) Cameron Waters – 2387
8) Will Davison – 2369
9) Lee Holdsworth – 2323

SUPERCARS TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) DJR-Team Penske – 6101 points
2) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 5985
3) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 5015
4) Tickford Racing (6/23) – 4732

SUPER2 DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Bryce Fullwood – 1636 points
2) Kurt Kostecki – 1271
3) Zane Goddard – 1167
4) Thomas Randle – 1129

Ends.