TICKFORD RACING – SANDOWN SUPERSPRINT PREVIEW
19 March, 2021
Competing in its home state for the first time since 2019, Tickford Racing enters this weekend’s Sandown SuperSprint eager to build on a promising start to the 2021 Supercars season. This weekend marks the first sprint race event at Sandown since 2011, and will also see the introduction of five bonus points to the driver with the fastest lap in each of the three races across Saturday and Sunday, a feature of sprint race events in 2021.
Cam Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) sits sixth in the Supercars drivers’ championship after the first round following a runner-up finish in Race 2 at the Mount Panorama 500 last month. Waters is also the most recent winner for Tickford at Sandown Raceway, taking out the Sandown 500 enduro event with Richie Stanaway in 2017.
After kicking off the season with a sixth place finish in Race 1 at Bathurst, Jack Le Brocq (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) heads to Sandown ninth in the drivers’ championship and feeling more comfortable after recovering from blisters on his foot sustained in the opening round. Citing the team’s performances at Sandown over the years, Le Brocq is optimistic about his chances at the track where he made his main game debut as a co-driver in 2015.
James Courtney (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang) aims to bounce back this weekend after a DNF in Race 2 put a sour end to a solid Mount Panorama 500 weekend. Courtney is also a former winner at Sandown, taking out the second sprint race at the 2010 event.
The Sandown SuperSprint takes place March 20-21 at Sandown Raceway, using the sprint race format seen at the majority of 2020’s race events. On-track action begins Saturday with practice, qualifying and Race 3 across the day ahead of Sunday’s back-to-back qualifying and Races 4 and 5 around the 3.1-kilometre circuit.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
“I’m really looking forward to getting to Sandown. It’s a great event for us, it’s always been nice to me, this circuit, and Tickford’s always had a really good run there. Fingers crossed we continue some good success for the team and have some good results like we did at Bathurst.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
“We had a pretty good start at Bathurst, obviously a bit of bad luck with the Saturday and the power steering, but overall I still got a pretty good, solid bag of points and going to Sandown, obviously we won there in 2017 and Tickford cars have usually been pretty strong there in the past. I’m super excited to get back to Sandown and hopefully have a good weekend.”
No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
“The boys did a great job repairing the car after my little faux pas in Bathurst. It’s great to be able to get out there at Sandown, Sandown’s been a great event for me in the past. It’s a little bit like a street circuit in that it’s so bumpy, using a lot of kerb, and it’s one of those old school race tracks that bites and punishes you when you don’t do something right. I enjoy that, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It’s been nearly two years since we actually raced in Victoria and we have a lot of local fans who have been desperate to get their motorsport fix, so we’re very excited to be racing at home again. Bathurst was a bit up and down, but the ups were very good ups which is encouraging and something we’ll look to carry into this weekend. Sprint races require a different approach to strategy than the enduro we usually have at Sandown, but the format made for some close racing last year and obviously we found some success as well, so it should be a great weekend of racing. The crew have fixed and tuned up some things between rounds, and we’re all pretty confident we can be quick out of the gates, which is very important with just two short practice sessions on Saturday to set up the weekend.
EVENT NAME: Sandown SuperSprint
LOCATION: Springvale, VIC
EVENT NUMBER:2 of 12
FORMAT: Saturday – 2 x 30-min RSC practice, 1 x RSC Quali (3 x 10-min rounds), 1 x 36-lap RSC race (112 km); Sunday – 2 x RSC 10-min Quali, 2 x 36-lap RSC race (112 km)
CIRCUIT: Sandown Raceway
LENGTH: 3.1 kilometres
DESCRIPTION:Encompassing a horse racing track in Melbourne’s southeast, Sandown is truly the home of horsepower. The long front and back straights are more like drag strips, coming off of slow-speed corners, and the high-speed Turn 6 is one of the wildest corners in the country in a Supercar.
TRACK RECORD:1m08.24s (Shane van Gisbergen, 2019)
TICKFORD RACING BEST RESULT: 1st, Paul Dumbrell (3 x 1st at Sandown 500)