TICKFORD RACING – GOLD COAST 500 PREVIEW
24 October, 2022
The Supercars Championship returns to the streets of Surfers Paradise this weekend, where Tickford Racing will look to return to the top step of the podium at the Gold Coast 500. The first Supercars event on the Gold Coast since 2019, this year’s event is also the first single-driver race at the venue since 2009, when Mark Winterbottom took victory for Tickford on Sunday afternoon.
Following his third-place finish at the Bathurst 1000 earlier this month, Cam Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) heads to the Gold Coast second in the Supercars drivers’ championship. Having stood on the podium at the event in 2017, Waters is keen to place his exclamation point on one of the most highly-anticipated events of the season.
Gold Coast-based James Courtney (No. 5 Snowy River Caravans Ford Mustang) will have his first home race in three years this weekend, and is bolstered by family support following the birth he and wife Tegan’s first child together, Kobe, who arrived just days following the Bathurst 1000. Having won on the Gold Coast in 2015, Courtney is ready to rebound after not turning a race lap at Bathurst after the Snowy River Caravans Mustang was taken out in an early incident.
Jake Kostecki (No. 56 Tradie Ford Mustang) and Thomas Randle (No. 55 Castrol Racing Ford Mustang) are eager to bounce back this weekend following similar disappointments at the Bathurst 1000. Both drivers’ cars were collected in a Lap 1 crash at Mount Panorama that took Randle and co-driver Zak Best out of the race, while Kostecki and his brother Kurt soldiered on with a damaged car to a 17th place finish. Both Randle and Kostecki have one previous appearance to their name on the Gold Coast, having competed in 2019, and are looking forward to returning to the renowned street circuit.
The Gold Coast 500 is the 12th round of the 2022 Supercars Championship and first event on the streets of Surfers Paradise since 2019. On-track action begins with practice on Friday, ahead of qualifying, a Top Ten Shootout, and a 250-kilometre race each on Saturday and Sunday, making up Races 31 and 32 of the 2022 season.
No. 5 Snowy River Caravans Ford Mustang
“It’s amazing to have the Gold Coast event back, it’s one of the coolest tracks in the world and the party atmosphere there is insane. We’re all stoked to have it back, and selfishly it’s always nice to sleep in my own bed on a race weekend so I’m definitely looking forward to it. Obviously Bathurst was really unfortunate for us in the Snowy River Racing camp, but the crew’s done an amazing job putting a new car together for this weekend, so we’re ready to go. I love this track and racing here, and the team’s been pretty quick here in recent years as well, so hopefully we can continue that trend and have a couple of really good races. The guys have put in some crazy hours to get everything ready with the car, so I really want to reward them with a good result and some champagne this weekend.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
“I’m super pumped to get back up to the Goldie, I love street tracks and it’s one of the coolest ones out there, so it’s awesome to be heading back. We’ve been pretty quick there most years, but it’s been a few years since we’ve raced there so it’ll be a bit of a reset for everyone, we want to get on top of the car early and set ourselves up for a really strong weekend. Obviously we’ve got a bit of a chip on our shoulder after Bathurst, it was a tough week for the team and although it was nice to get third we didn’t achieve what we had set out to do there, so we’re working hard to put it all together and come out of this weekend with some really strong results.”
No. 55 Castrol Racing Ford Mustang
“Bathurst was really unfortunate for us – for me not even getting to turn a racing lap was obviously really disappointing – but I’m really excited to get to the Gold Coast and get back on track this weekend. It’s a really intense circuit, but a lot of fun to drive and such a cool atmosphere. After not having the event around the last couple of years I’m sure it’ll be better than ever, and hopefully we’ll have the Castrol Racing Mustang right up there in the mix all weekend.”
No. 56 Tradie Ford Mustang
“Gold Coast is a really cool track, it’s really good to have it back on the calendar and this year’s event is going to be sick. It’s going to be a really tough weekend physically, with two 250-kilometre races, but it’s such a fun track to race on so I’m looking forward to it. The last time we raced there was just my second main game race, so everyone will need to re-learn quite a bit, but we’ll look to have the Tradie Mustang on the money and can have a good weekend out on the track.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It’s great to have a world-class event back on our calendar with the Gold Coast. The event itself is unbelievable and we’ve been fortunate to have a fair bit of success there over the years. Obviously Bathurst didn’t go to plan for us, but we’re excited to turn the page and get back to Surfers for another big event. Everyone will have a bit of rust to knock off, having not raced there in a while, but our focus and expectations won’t change. We’ll get on track, tune our cars into the performance window as we need, and then look to convert that into strong results across all four of our cars. It’s been a big couple of weeks for the crew, obviously we had a fair bit of work to do on the cars after Bathurst, in particular on Car 5. The boys have put in some big hours to get everything prepared for this weekend, so we’ll get our heads down and look to deliver the results they deserve.”
EVENT NAME: Gold Coast 500
DATE: October 28-30
LOCATION: Surfers Paradise, QLD
EVENT NUMBER: 12 of 13
FORMAT: Friday – 2 x 30-min practice; Saturday – 1 x 20-min quali, 1 x Top Ten Shootout, 1 x 85-lap race (250 km); Sunday – 1 x 20-min quali, 1 x Top Ten Shootout, 1 x 85-lap race (250 km)
CIRCUIT: Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
DESCRIPTION: Starting with Indy car racing in 1991, the Surfers Paradise street circuit hosts its 30th edition this year after missing out in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the world’s most picturesque racing circuits, the temporary circuit runs along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, and is known for its tight chicanes which produce spectacular visuals as cars launch up on two wheels.
TRACK RECORD: 1m10.09s, (Will Davison, 2011)
TICKFORD RACING BEST RESULT: 1st – Steven Richards (2007), Mark Winterbottom (2009), Mark Winterbottom/Richard Lyons (2011), Will Davison/Mika Salo (2012), David Reynolds/Dean Canto (2013), Chaz Mostert/Steve Owen (2017), Chaz Mostert/James Moffat (2018)