TICKFORD RACING – AUCKLAND SUPERSPRINT PREVIEW
12 September, 2019
Making its lone international trip of the 2019 season, Tickford Racing has shipped off to New Zealand for the Auckland SuperSprint, taking place at Pukekohe Park Raceway this weekend, September 13-15.
Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) heads into the 11th round of the season second in the Virigin Australia Supercars standings, having stood on the podium at both races in Tailem Bend last month, including taking pole in the Saturday race.
Having notched a pair of top tens at The Bend, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) retained seventh in the championship order and has gained ground on the top six heading to Auckland, where Waters recorded one of his better rounds of 2018 last year.
After a DNF in the Saturday race at The Bend, Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) started and finished second in the Sunday race to record his second podium in as many rounds, and is keen to continue the 23Red Racing’s recent form as the team heads across the ditch.
With 12 top tens to his name in 2019, Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) comes to New Zealand 11th in the championship and is looking to break into the top five across Races 23 and 24.
Pukekohe Park Raceway plays host to this weekend’s Auckland SuperSprint. Auckland hosts the International SuperSprint format, with a pair of 200-kilometre races set to be run across Saturday and Sunday.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
“Tailem Bend wasn’t our best outing, so I’m definitely looking forward to getting back in The Bottle-O car and trying to fight back up the front. The results didn’t show last round but I think we’ve got a really good race car under us, so qualifying will be critical this weekend to get us track position and give us a chance to get closer to the pointy end.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
“It’s good to be heading back to New Zealand, it’s been a good track for the team lately and is always an exciting event. We were a bit off where we wanted to be at Tailem Bend. We managed a couple top tens to consolidate some points, but we want to be fighting for wins and podiums, so we’ll keep chipping away this weekend. Last year was pretty tough for us overall but Pukie was a bit of a bright spot, hopefully it’s kind to us again this year and we’ll head back home with some good results.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
“It’s always good to head across the ditch, they always have a huge crowd out at Pukekohe and the Kiwi fans are great to race in front of. We’ve made some good progress lately in the Supercheap Auto camp, we’ve got our Mustang running well and we’re closing in on the car up front. Last year we were able to grab a podium here, so we’ll aim to roll off strong again and have a red hot crack at the top spot.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend. Our Milwaukee Racing team and the Tickford team collectively have really been rolling strong the past couple rounds, and we’re knocking on the door of that win. I told Phil (Munday, 23Red Racing owner) at Ipswich I wouldn’t be happy with second next time, and I wasn’t because we really could have won that one at The Bend. Hopefully we can go out and get the job done this weekend, it would set us up really, really well with the Enduros coming up.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“We’re looking forward to the weekend and a chance to keep improving as a team. We’ve been edging closer to the front and very well could have had a win or two in Tailem Bend, so we’re really chomping at the bit to finally get back to the top step. Pukekohe has been pretty nice to us the last few years, so if we can roll off well we should be in the hunt again for a really positive weekend.”
EVENT NAME: Auckland SuperSprint
DATE: September 13-15
LOCATION: Pukekohe, NZ
EVENT NUMBER: 11 of 15
FORMAT: Friday – 2 x 30-min practice; Saturday – 1 x 30-min practice, 3 x 10-min VASC quali, 1 x 70-lap VASC race (200km); Sunday – 1 x 20-min VASC qualifying, 1 x Top Ten Shootout, 1 x 70-lap VASC race (200km)
CIRCUIT: Pukekohe Park Raceway
DESCRIPTION: Supercars’ lone visit to New Zealand comes at Pukekohe Park Raceway. The circuit underwent renovations in 2013, adding three corners and another passing opportunity to the already-exciting 11-turn circuit.
TRACK RECORD: 1m03.25s (Craig Lowndes, 2015)
TICKFORD RACING BEST RESULT: 1st – Will Davison (2013), Mark Winterbottom (2014 x 2, 2016)