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TICKFORD RACING – TOWNSVILLE 500 SUNDAY REPORT

11 July, 2021

Tickford Racing concluded a challenging NTI Townsville 500 with a reasonable result on Sunday, where all three of its Ford Mustangs finished in the top 11 of Race 16. The team was led by Cam Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) who started and finished sixth in Sunday’s 250-kilometre race, retaining fifth in the Supercars drivers’ championship.

Waters’ team mates Jack Le Brocq (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) and James Courtney (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang) finished the day 10th and 11th, respectively, making solid recoveries from their starting spots of 15th and 17th. Courtney’s drive to 11th was interrupted by a tangle with Car 20 on the opening lap, dropping the 2010 champion to as low as 23rd before driving through the field across the remaining 87 laps of the race.

The Supercars Championship will stay put in Townsville this week in preparation for the Townsville SuperSprint on the July 17-18 weekend. Following this weekend’s Super500 format, the second Townsville event will feature the three-race SuperSprint format seen at the majority of events thus far in 2021.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Race 16 Quali: 1m12.52s, 15th
Top Ten Shootout: n/a
Race 16 Finish: 10th

“It was a better day for us today. We definitely made a good step forward with the car, we had a bit better tyre life than what we had on Saturday which was a big help, especially around here with long stints. Considering we had to pit early to get clean air and try to move forward the tyres actually held up pretty well, and we’re pretty happy to end up in the 10.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cam Waters
Race 16 Quali: 1m12.16s, 3rd
Top Ten Shootout: 1m12.88s, 6th
Race 16 Finish: 6th

“It was a slightly better day for us. We tried a few things because we really struggled in the race yesterday, and I think we learned a bit which is positive. We’re still lacking a little pace to the T8 cars, but we closed the gap somewhat. I think as a team we learned a lot today, we improved my car a bit, JC was really fast, and Jack made steps forward as well. Now we just have to marry it all together and come back swinging next weekend.”  

No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
James Courtney
Race 16 Quali: 1m12.63s, 17th
Top Ten Shootout: n/a
Race 16 Finish: 11th

“After the way things started, 11th wasn’t too bad a result, really. The car pace was pretty good, strategy was good, it held onto its tyres okay, it’s a bit unfortunate we had such a solid run only to finish where we did. But if we qualified better we probably stay out of that trouble and could have had something to write home about. It wasn’t a bad weekend for the Boost Mobile Racing boys, but we certainly want more, so we’ll have a think this week and come back looking for a better run next weekend.”

On Lap 1 incident: “It’s a bit crazy, getting a great start yesterday up to third and today getting dumped down to the back. It was just a whole concertina effect going into Turn 11, everyone was piling into each other, I got into someone and someone got into me. That sort of thing happens when you start down there, so qualifying better will help solve that problem.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It was a better day today, but obviously not the end result we want from ourselves. There’s a fair bit we need to work on this coming week but we made some progress from Saturday to Sunday, which is encouraging. We’re back here next week but with a different format, so that’ll change things to some degree. We’ll keep most of the team up here to prep the cars and get ready for Townsville 2, then we’ll have another crack next week.”

DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Tickford Racing Dunlop Super2 Series driver Zak Best (No. 78 Best Leisure Industries Ford Falcon FG X) scored a front row start on Sunday in Townsville, qualifying second before finishing fifth in Race 4 of the 2021 season. Best had a slow getaway at the start of the race, and was shuffled back to sixth before reclaiming fifth in the late stages of the race. After the race, Best was elevated to fourth in Race 4’s classification following a time penalty to Car 49.

Best drops to second in the Super2 drivers’ standings, but has another chance next weekend as the Super2 Series also returns to action for a second weekend of racing on the streets of Townsville on the July 17-18 weekend.

No. 78 Best Leisure Industries Ford Falcon FG X
Zak Best
Race 4 Quali: 1m14.13s, 2nd
Race 4 Finish: 4th

“We started off the day pretty well by qualifying second, it was good to start on the front row. I lost a few spots off the start then got bumped back to sixth after a couple Safety Cars, and fought back up to fifth at the end, then ended up fourth after Jordan’s (Boys) penalty, so still a strong finish for us. Overall it was a good weekend, obviously we lost the championship lead but we’re not far behind in second, and we’ll look to tune up the car for another go next week.”

SUPERCARS DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Shane van Gisbergen – 1661 points
2) Jamie Whincup – 1316
3) Will Davison – 1291
5) Cam Waters – 1256
9) James Courtney – 912
15) Jack Le Brocq – 772


SUPERCARS TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 3077 points
2) Dick Johnson Racing – 2311
3) Tickford Racing – 2168

DUNLOP SUPER2 DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Broc Feeney – 540 points
2) Zak Best – 498
3) Jayden Ojeda – 474

Ends.