TICKFORD RACING – TASMANIA SUPERSPRINT PREVIEW
14 April, 2021
The Supercars Championship heads south this weekend for its first visit to Tasmania since 2019, with three races scheduled across the Tasmania SuperSprint.
After notching a pair of podiums at the Sandown SuperSprint in mid-March, Cam Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) enters the weekend fourth in the Supercars drivers’ championship and eager to continue his strong start to the 2021 season.
Jack Le Brocq (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) heads to Symmons Plains 11th in the pecking order following a mixed bag of results at Sandown, but previous success at the Tasmanian circuit has the 28-year old bullish about the weekend ahead.
James Courtney’s (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang) Sandown weekend ended sourly after being spun in the final race of the weekend, but has shown consistent top 10 form across the season’s first two rounds, and aims to improve on that further as the championship heads to the Apple Isle.
The Tasmania SuperSprint is the third event on the 2021 Supercars calendar and is scheduled to host Races 6, 7, and 8 of the 2021 campaign. On-track action begins Saturday with two practice sessions ahead of qualifying and a 46-lap Race 6, followed by qualifying and contesting Races 7 and 8 on Sunday.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
“Tassie, it’s an awesome little circuit there. It’s always short, sharp, and produces some good racing, so I’m looking forward to getting back down there again. It’s always been nice to me in the past, I had a really good result there back in my first year in Supercars, so it’s a bit of a happy hunting ground. Hopefully we can go down there this time and have a good time. We were up and down a bit, pace-wise, over the first couple rounds, but some big positives came out of Sandown, so fingers crossed we can keep progressing on that and keep building on that speed, and some nice dry running to start building that progress throughout the weekend. Fingers crossed we have a really solid event, I’m really looking forward to it.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
“We’ve had a pretty solid start to the year, a few seconds now, still hunting that first win, I got very close at Sandown, but I’m excited to get to Tassie. Obviously we haven’t been there for a while, and recently it hasn’t been the strongest track for us but the car is very different since then as well. I’m pumped to get to Tassie and see what we can do.”
No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
James Courtney“I’ve had some good results at Tassie over the years, scored a fair few podiums there and there’s always great racing, it’s just a fun little track to race on so I’m looking forward to the weekend. We’ve had an okay start to the year, we just haven’t gotten the race results to show it this early in the season. But when we’ve had clean races we’ve been solidly in the top 10 so we know we’re close to having the car where we need it. Brad (Wischusen, engineer) and the boys have been working hard to find a little bit more speed in the Boost Mobile Mustang, so hopefully we get off to a good start on Saturday and set up our weekend well.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It’s great to head back and see our fans in Tasmania. We’ve had a solid start to the season all around, but of course we’re always looking for more so we’ll be head down into this weekend. Tassie’s a busy little track and always action-packed, so we’ll aim to be on the money from Practice 1 and get ahead of the game early to set us up for the weekend.”
EVENT NAME: Tasmania SuperSprint
DATE: April 17-18
LOCATION: Launceston, TAS
EVENT NUMBER: 3 of 12
FORMAT: Saturday – 2 x 30-min RSC practice, 1 x RSC Quali (3 x 10-min rounds), 1 x 46-lap RSC race (111 km); Sunday – 2 x RSC 10-min Quali, 2 x 46-lap RSC race (111 km)
CIRCUIT: Symmons Plains Raceway
DESCRIPTION: Tasmania’s home for Supercars since the 1960s, Symmons Plains’ 2.41-kilometre circuit regularly hosts action-packed racing. The shortest circuit on the calendar features a pair of long straights and heavy braking zones, including the unique banked Turn 4 hairpin.
TRACK RECORD: 51.23s (Mark Winterbottom, 2019)
TICKFORD RACING BEST RESULT: 1st, Jason Bright (2006), Mark Winterbottom (2010), Will Davison (2012)