TICKFORD RACING – THE BEND SUPERSPRINT PREVIEW
22 August, 2019
Fielding five Ford Mustang Supercars this weekend, Tickford Racing will take on The Bend SuperSprint looking to continue its strong midseason form as the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship enters its tenth round of 2019. It is the first race meeting for the team following an important test day last week at Winton Motor Raceway, where the team worked on a number of key items aimed at continuing the squad’s rise up the Supercars order.
Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) sits fourth in the championship heading to South Australia, and came out of the last round at Ipswich with a pair of third-place finishes, his eighth and ninth podiums of 2019.
Also doubling up at Queensland Raceway last month, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) took home two sixth-place finishes to retain seventh in the championship heading to Tailem Bend, which is effectively a home race for the Mildura native.
After scoring 23Red Racing’s first ever podium at Ipswich, Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) heads to Tailem Bend eighth in the championship. Davison will also mark his 200th round start at The Bend, the 16th driver in Supercars history to accomplish the feat.
Lee Holdsworth’s (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) streak of six straight top ten finishes was snapped in the Sunday race at Ipswich, but a positive test day has The Bottle-O driver feeling optimistic of continued improvement in Car 5 this weekend.
Making his Supercars main game debut, Thomas Randle (No. 66 Scandia Ford Mustang) will compete at Tailem Bend in a wild card entry for Tickford Racing. Currently in his second season of Super2 where he sits fourth in points, Randle looks forward to taking on the main game for the first time.
The Bend SuperSprint is the tenth round of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season, consisting of Races 21 and 22 across the August 23-25 weekend. Friday’s practice will be preceded by an additional driver practice in which Michael Caruso (Car 6), James Moffat (Car 55), and Alex Davison (Car 23) will take to the circuit. As a wild card entry, Randle and Car 66 are eligible to take part in the additional driver session.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
“Now having a proper test day under my belt, I feel that Sammy and I head to The Bend with a better understanding of our package and the set up direction we need to push towards. Last year was a tough one for me but I enjoyed the challenge of this tricky circuit. I’m looking forward to a good run in The Bottle-O Ford.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
“It’s good to be back in a race week. We had a good test day last week at Winton to keep chipping away towards the front of the field, and we made some gains and learned a bit more about our package, hopefully we can put it to use this weekend. The Bend’s a challenging track, it’s tough to put a lap together around there, but it’s real fun to drive. We’ve been going pretty well this year but we want to be stepping on the podium more, so we’ll keep up the fight and see how we go.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
“It was good to have a test day last week, we got to try a fair few things and learned a lot about certain areas of our cars that we can apply starting this weekend. I’m not totally sure what we’ll have this weekend, last year was pretty tough for us but obviously we as a team have upped our game this year which is encouraging. Every weekend’s important for us, so we’ll put our heads down and keep working on the car and hopefully have some good results to take home on Sunday.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
“I’m excited to get back racing this weekend, we’ve had a big test day since QR which has given us the opportunity to try some new things. The Bend provided a very unique challenge last year, it’s a really technical but fun layout and is a real challenge to get the car balanced, so we are eager to get started. We’ve done our homework so hopefully we can roll our Mustangs out somewhere close to the mark. I’m certainly pumped to try and continue our strong run of late.”
No. 66 Scandia Ford Mustang
“This is probably the most excited I’ve ever been for a race in my career. It’s always been a dream of mine to race in the Supercars Championship and to be making my debut this weekend is going to be fantastic. I can’t thank all the supporters and sponsors who have come on board this weekend enough. Between Will’s 200th round and my first it’s both ends of the spectrum for Tickford Racing, and it’s going to be awesome to have four seriously talented team mates to work with over the weekend. I’m just going to do everything I can to make sure I’m driving as consistently as I can and tick all the boxes, and on top of that just having a lot of fun.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“With five cars on the grid this weekend it’s really all hands on deck, and a tip of the hat to the crew who have put in a lot of work to get all the cars ready. We had a good test day last week and got through a lot of important items, so we’re looking forward to the weekend. We didn’t have a great weekend there last year, but we’ve got some momentum going this year and have opened up the toolbox a bit, so hopefully we can turn it into a strong weekend.”
EVENT NAME: The Bend SuperSprint
DATE: August 23-25
LOCATION: Tailem Bend, SA
EVENT NUMBER: 10 of 15
FORMAT: Friday – 1 x 30-min additional driver practice, 2 x 30-min practice; Saturday – 1 x 30-min practice, 3 x 10-min VASC quali, 1 x 24-lap VASC race (119km); Sunday – 1 x 30-min VASC practice, 3 x 10-min VASC quali, 1 x 41-lap VASC race (203km)
CIRCUIT: The Bend Motorsports Park
DESCRIPTION: The newest track on the Supercars calendar, Tailem Bend is fast and busy. With long straights and high-speed corners, The Bend is a tricky circuit for drivers to navigate.
TRACK RECORD: 1m50.58s (Jamie Whincup, 2018)
TICKFORD RACING BEST RESULT: 5th – Mark Winterbottom (2018)