TICKFORD RACING – TRUCK ASSIST SYDNEY SUPERSPRINT
16 July, 2020
Following an unusual lead up, Tickford Racing’s five-car operation is prepared for this weekend’s Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint at Sydney Motorsport Park. Having been situated at the Eastern Creek venue since last week, the Tickford team has made a new home away from home in the garage complex at SMP, preparing its four Ford Mustangs and one Super2 Ford Falcon FG X ahead of the event.
Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) heads into the fourth round of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship fourth in the drivers’ championship. Waters recorded finishes of sixth, sixth, and 13th last month at Sydney, when the championship returned to action following a three-month hiatus enforced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scoring a runner-up finish in Race 9 at Sydney, Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) sits sixth in the championship entering the weekend, and has hopes of further success in Truck Assist’s naming rights race event this weekend.
Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) made notable progress across last month’s Sydney event, including a season-best race finish of 11th in Race 9, and sits 14th in the standings as the championship returns to action.
James Courtney (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang) made an impressive debut for Tickford Racing last month at Sydney, gaining 19 positions across the event’s three races, including a ninth place finish in Race 8, and enters the weekend 18th in the drivers’ championship.
The Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint takes place this weekend, July 18-19 at Sydney Motorsport Park, following relocation from Winton Motor Raceway in early July in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Victoria. The weekend will consist of three races, including a Saturday night race and two races on Sunday. The event will also host a limited number of fans, the first such occasion since the category returned to racing last month.
Tickford Racing also temporarily relocated to New South Wales in response to border closures enforced by the New South Wales government early last week. Every Tickford Racing team member who travelled to New South Wales has tested negative for COVID-19, and are due for further testing prior to the race event.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
“As much as I want to be here to bring home another trophy, I just feel very fortunate we are here racing. We were pretty strong here a few weeks ago so we’ll hopefully be up the front again, and I’m going to enjoy it as much as I can. I believe if we do that we’ll be for a successful weekend.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
“I’m looking forward to the weekend, obviously we raced here just a few weeks ago and were pretty strong, but we had some little things we could improve on, so it’s nice to come back here and hopefully tidy up those bits. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, credit to Tickford and the other Victorian teams who made it up here on such short notice, but we’re in a good place heading into the weekend, so I’m just excited to get into it.”
No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
“I’m excited to get back in the car, obviously it’s just my second round, but for me it’s actually nice to come back to the same place, a few weeks ago I basically spent the first day just getting familiar with the car, so I feel a lot more comfortable this time around. We were pretty strong in race trim last round, and the qualifying pace will come, so if we can improve in a few small areas I think we’ll be on for hopefully some strong results.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
“Just keen to get back into it, it’s pretty rare we have the opportunity to come back to the same track back to back, so it’s going to be a great chance for all of us to step up and improve. I know the guys have been working hard on the cars so I’m keen to see what we have come Saturday, and I’m excited to get back racing.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It’s certainly been a massive couple of weeks for the team, but fortunately all of our equipment and travel crew are settled in Sydney, and we’re ready for the weekend. With the tyre allocation this weekend we have three sets of hard tyres and two sets of softs, which should mix up the order on track. You’ll have some teams manage their tyres across the weekend, but you might have some go for glory and use both their sets of softs in one race to try and steal a win, but they’ll be hurting in the other two. It’s a real challenge for the engineers but should make the action on track as good, if not better, than a few weeks ago. If we can pick up where we left off a we should be right up the pointy end and fighting for podiums again.”
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
The Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint also signals the return of the Dunlop Super2 Series, where Broc Feeney (No. 5 Tickford Ford Falcon FG X) sits eighth in the championship following a solid debut at the Adelaide 500 in February. Racing in Hyundai Excels over the Supercars hiatus enforced by COVID-19, Feeney won races on two different occasions at Sydney Motorsport Park, and following a test day at the circuit last week is eager to return to Super2 action.
“I’m just excited to get back racing. It’s been almost five months now, but I’ve been lucky enough to keep driving at Norwell Motorplex, and I’ve had a few races in the Excel, but there’s nothing like the rush of going 270 (kph) into Turn 1 at Eastern Creek in a Supercar, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to racing. I’m just focused on getting more confident in the car and racing in the Super2 field. We tested at Sydney last week and had a really productive day, I was really confident in the car by the end of the day which is the biggest thing, getting the maximum out of myself. I’m much better prepared, I’ve improved my driving, improved my fitness, and am looking forward to getting into the weekend.”
EVENT NAME: Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint
DATE: July 18-19
LOCATION: Eastern Creek, NSW
EVENT NUMBER: 4 of 11
FORMAT: Saturday – 2 x 30-min practice, 2 x Quali segments, 1 x Top 15 Shootout, 1 x 32-lap race (125 km); Sunday – 2 x 10-min Quali, 2 x 33-lap race (125 km)
CIRCUIT: Sydney Motorsport Park
DESCRIPTION: Located in Sydney’s west, Sydney Motorsport Park is among Australia’s premier motor racing circuits. Its long radius corners make it hard on tyres, putting added value on the decision to change two or four tyres in each race’s mandatory pit stop.
TRACK RECORD: 1m29.84s (Jamie Whincup, 2018)
TICKFORD RACING BEST RESULT: 1st – Mark Winterbottom (2008), Chaz Mostert (2015 x 2)