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Tickford takes on high banks for eSeries Round 7

TICKFORD RACING – eSERIES ROUND 7 PREVIEW
20 May, 2020
The BP Supercars eSeries takes a dynamic new twist this week with races on two iconic circuits on the NASCAR calendar, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway.

Returning to the two-track format in Round 7, the eSeries will see the first ever Supercars-sanctioned oval race at Charlotte’s 1-5-mile, 2.4-kilometre D-shaped oval, followed by a pair of races at Daytona’s roval course, home of the historic Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

As a tribute to the legendary stock car tracks, all three Tickford Racing Ford Mustangs will sport adapted liveries this week, with their car numbers emblazoned on the doors and roofs of their cars, much like their Ford cousins in the NASCAR ranks.

Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) enters the week third in the championship, but still within striking distance of the top of the ladder as the championship heads towards the home stretch.

Following another solid performance in Round 6, Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) is 11th in the eSeries championship fight and is eager to bring out his inner Cole Trickle on the high banks Wednesday night.

Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) recorded three top 11 finishes in Round 6, and sits 13th in the eSeries championship with just four rounds remaining.

Coverage of Round 7 of the BP Supercars All-Stars eSeries begins Wednesday, May 20 with qualifying from 6:00 p.m. AEST on Fox Sports, Kayo, and Sky Sports. Additional live coverage on 10 Play and Supercars’ digital channels begins at 7:00.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang

Lee Holdsworth
“The Daytona road course is a pretty cool track, it’s obviously part oval and uses the infield part of the track, which is pretty windy and challenging. I’ve done a few laps around there, I know the track, and obviously from the Daytona 24, that track holds some pretty special events…The oval part will create a lot of slipstream and towing, and probably a lot of pack racing, so it should be a good round. The Charlotte oval, I think, like Daytona, it’s going to be super close racing, very fast, the fact that you’re not quite full throttle the whole way around will mean there will be some slip ups, and people running into the back of each other in the corners where you have to lift off… I think there will be a lot of bump drafting, but whether we can manage to hold the car in a straight line while someone’s doing that will be pretty challenging. It’ll be completely different for all of us to run an oval track, not many of us have done that before. It’s going to be a pretty interesting round to watch, and I think that it’ll be pretty cool for that many Supercars to be running around in a circle together.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cameron Waters
“Obviously they do the 24 hour at Daytona every year, it’s a pretty big race, pretty cool spot. I’ve never been there myself but really excited to race there and learn the layout. It’ll be cool to do the Charlotte oval too, hopefully they sprinkle a bit of dirt on it and we can race it on the dirt, but it’ll be cool do to the oval and see what our cars are like on it.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
“Daytona road course, it looks pretty cool, we always get to watch a bit of footage at the start of the year with the 24 hour event there. I have a rough idea of what happens, you go around a big oval, sweeping bend and then break off that down into Turn 1. It has the bus stop on the back stretch as well, which can be hard to find but is pretty cool, it’ll be a good, fun experience. As for the Charlotte oval, I’ve never done oval racing in anything before, so it’ll be pretty exciting. The Supercar’s going to be a different animal around there, it doesn’t have a whole lot of aero or do much right through the corners, usually it’s a brake in a straight line sort of vehicle, but it’ll be pretty cool.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“This week will be pretty unique for the eSeries, and certainly for the drivers. We’re expecting a lot of slipstreaming and some elements of oval racing that pretty much no Supercar driver is familiar with. It should be one of the most entertaining rounds of the eSeries, whether that means good or bad racing I’m not sure! But hopefully the Ford power puts us up front.”

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