TICKFORD RACING – MOUNT PANORAMA 500 FRIDAY REPORT
26 February, 2021
Tickford Racing’s three Ford Mustang Supercars were on song for the first day of practice at the Mount Panorama 500, led by Cam Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) in both of the day’s practices. Waters placed second in both of the practice sessions on Friday, picking up where he left off at October’s Bathurst 1000.
James Courtney (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang) made notable improvement between the day’s two sessions, ending Practice 2 on Friday as the fifth fastest driver around the famed 6.213-kilometre circuit.
Just a second from the top spot on Friday was Jack Le Brocq (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang), who posted the 12th fastest lap on the afternoon, also making considerable improvements to his car across the first day of track activity at the Mountain.
The first race of the 2021 Supercars Championship takes place on Saturday with Race 1 qualifying at 9:05 a.m. AEDT followed by a Top Ten Shootout at 12:10 p.m., ahead of a 250-kilometre race at 3:00.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Practice 1: 2m06.66s, 14th
Practice 2: 2m05.49s, 12th
“In the Truck Assist number five Mustang, it was good fun today. We’re out here at Bathurst, it’s awesome to be back, and I had a lot of fun out there. I scared myself a couple of times and made it through unscathed through practice, so I’m pretty happy. We have a few things to work on and keep building on overnight, but yeah, pretty happy with the guys. They’ve done an awesome job and I’m just looking forward to getting into the weekend now.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 2m05.71s, 2nd
Practice 2: 2m04.79s, 2nd
“It was a good day. Great to be back in the car, particularly at Bathurst, and (it was) an interesting day. It was very hot, the track was very green, and I had lots of moments. It was hard to get the car to do what we wanted today, but we closed the gap to Chazzie, and I think we’re there abouts, so bring on tomorrow.”
No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 2m06.12s, 9th
Practice 2: 2m05.49s, 5th
“Today went really quite well. We had a little bit of a testing plan as to what we wanted to change and things we wanted to try, we weren’t sure on the track quality and how the condition was going to be, because the track was going to be pretty green (with) hardly any running compared to when we’re running here for the ‘1000’ with only two one-hour sessions. But the Boost Mobile Mustang ran really quite well, we were in the top 10 in the first one, ended up fifth in that last one. I don’t think I got the most out of it at the end there, we had a little bit of traffic and a few other things. But I’m super happy to come home fifth for the first day’s running. I kept the thing off the walls, might have rubbed a few, or touched them, at the Cutting on the inside I clipped a wall, and on the exit of the (Forrest’s) Elbow I may have rubbed it as well. This place is a ball, mate, it’s fun to drive around and it’s great to be back here starting our championship.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It’s certainly a good start to the weekend, rolling out on the right end of the timing sheets and more importantly we improved the cars across the day. Everyone’s obviously talking about track conditions and the weather so we’ll keep our eye on all that, but we’re pretty happy with the one-lap pace our cars have, and the overall balance looks to be in the window which is where you want to be at the end of practice. It was a good start for Zak (Best) as well in Super2. It’s not easy jumping into a car you’ve never raced before and going around this place, so he’s done well for that first day and is building up nicely, so a good start all around.”
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Making his race debut with Tickford Racing in the Dunlop Super2 Series, Zak Best (No. 78 est Leisure Industries Ford Falcon FG X) set the fifth-fastest time in both Super2 practice sessions on Friday, setting a solid start to his sophomore season in Supercars’ development series.
Super2 also starts its 2021 season on Saturday, with Race 1 qualifying at 8:30 a.m. AEDT, and the 12-lap race at 1:40 p.m.
No. 78 Best Leisure Industries Ford Falcon FG X
Practice 1: 2m09.01s, 5th
Practice 2: 2m10.08s, 10th
“The car felt good just rolling out of the truck, I’m just building up to things slowly across the top and all that sort of stuff will come to us. Overall I was pretty happy with how the first session went, and Practice 2 the car was definitely good on used tyres and showed some good pace. We didn’t quite get a chance to put some greens on at the end because of the red flag, but I’m pretty pumped going into qualifying tomorrow.”