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Tickford tops first day at the Bathurst 1000

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Event 11 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Bathurst, Australia. 15-18 October

TICKFORD RACING – SUPERCHEAP AUTO BATHURST 1000 THURSDAY REPORT

15 October, 2020
Tickford Racing Ford Mustangs led each of Thursday’s three practice sessions at Mount Panorama in preparation for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on Sunday. Bookending the day was Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) who topped Practices 1 and 3, while co-driver Will Davison posted the fourth-quickest lap in Practice 2, which was reserved for co-drivers only.
 
James Moffat (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) topped the co-driver only session in Practice 2, in his first drive of the No. 55 Mustang since 2019. Primary driver Jack Le Brocq finished the other two sessions ninth and 13th.
 
It was a promising day for the Boost Mobile Racing pair of James Courtney and Broc Feeney (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang), with Courtney placing third and ninth in Practices 1 and 3, and main game debutant Feeney placing 15th in the co-driver session, as the 17-year old continues to build his confidence behind the wheel of the No. 44 Mustang.
 
Lee Holdsworth and Michael Caruso (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) had a solid Thursday themselves, with Caruso posting the 11th fastest lap of the co-driver session, going along with Holdsworth’s fifth and seventh place results in Practices 1 and 3.
 
On-track action at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 continues Friday with Practice 4 at 9:45 a.m. AEDT, ahead of group qualifying at 4:05 p.m. 

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang

Lee Holdsworth
Practice 1: 2m05.65s, 5th
Practice 2 (Caruso): 2m07.02s, 11th
Practice 3: 2m05.10s, 7th

“Pretty happy with the day, we started with a car that was a bit sketchy, and we tuned it up through the day. Carus did a great job to continue on with our program and improve the car, and when I jumped back in I felt we had definitely made gains, and we continued to do so through Practice 3. Both of my sessions were well inside the top 10 and Carus was just outside of it, but I know he had a lot to spare. We’re feeling confident that we have a good direction for tomorrow.” 

Michael Caruso
“It was great to be back in the car and with everybody in the Truck Assist team. Obviously joining up with Holdsy was always going to be exciting, and it’s lived up to it because we’re getting on like a house on fire. It makes it easier, driving with Lee and working with the boys has been great, I think we have a really solid car. We tuned it up through the day and kept making it better, so we’re feeling pretty good at the end of day one.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cameron Waters
Practice 1: 2m05.02s, 1st
Practice 2 (Davison): 2m06.18s, 4th
Practice 3: 2m04.17s, 1st

“It was a great start to the weekend, the car feels good, and Will’s fitting in quite good as well. (It was a) productive day, the car’s straight which is the main thing, the only hiccup was running out of fuel (at the end of Practice 3)…We’ll just probably work on race car tomorrow, obviously there’s the question mark about weather, but we can’t control that so we’ll just focus on what we’re doing now and keep getting Wilbur comfy in the car, and we’ll go from there.”

Will Davison
“It’s good to be back. That was awesome to be honest, tough situation for all the co-drivers today, it was a bit bizarre. Six months on the sofa and going cold turkey at this place, trying to get seat positions right and things like that, all the things you normally knock over before you get here. But the car feels really strong, Cam’s on fire, and I’m feeling pretty strong as well.”

No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
James Courtney
Practice 1: 2m05.53s, 3rd
Practice 2 (Feeney): 2m07.44s, 15th
Practice 3: 2m05.13s, 9th

“It was a pretty good day overall. We made progress with the car, Broc did a great job getting comfortable, we had reasonable speed, and we know where we’re lacking speed, so a pretty good first day. We had a minor electrical drama at the end of the last session which probably didn’t help me get the most out of the lap, but I’m pretty comfortable with where we are, and yeah, looking forward to going again tomorrow.”

Broc Feeney
“It was awesome to get out for my first real shot in the Boost Mobile Mustang today, there is certainly no other track like this. I just worked through our sessions closely with Brendan (Hogan, engineer) and James to get me in the Bathurst groove. There is plenty to work on but I’m really happy with the steps we took today. It makes things a bit easier with Super2 as well, being able to get maximum track time.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Practice 1: 2m05.02s, 9th
Practice 2 (Moffat): 2m06.06s, 1st
Practice 3: 2m05.57s, 13th

“The day wasn’t too bad, a nice solid start and the car came out straight which is the most important bit. We have a bit of speed to find – some out of the car, some out of the driver – but we’ll work our way through it. The car isn’t too bad, and the team cars overall look quite strong, so we’ll give the Supercheap Auto Mustang a tune up tonight and go have some fun tomorrow.”

James Moffat
“It was good just to get back into it. Obviously it’s been a really strange lead up, definitely not normal to what we’re used to, so there was probably a bit of apprehension before the practice session, just not having driven the car all year. But it was nice to get out there and still know how to do it, and the car was obviously pretty quick as well which was nice. The main focus was just to get through the day with no marks on the car, we managed to do that. We can make some improvements overnight for Jack, and if we can do that we should be there or there abouts.” 

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It’s a great first day no doubt, but that’s all it is, the first day. It doesn’t pay points to win practice, so we’re not reading too much into the results, but we’re pretty happy with the car pace we had today. We’ve picked up where we left off in Tailem Bend which is good to see, but there’s a long way to go, so we’ll keep our heads down, keep working away on the cars and hopefully keep improving them tomorrow.”

DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Alongside his co-driving duties for Boost Mobile Racing, Broc Feeney (No. 5 Boost Mobile Ford Falcon FG X) also took part in two Dunlop Super2 Series practice sessions on Thursday, placing fourth and fifth in Super2’s return to track for the first time in three months. Super2 action resumes Friday with Race 6 qualifying at 11:35 a.m. AEDT, and Race 6 beginning at 3:05 p.m.

No. 5 Boost Mobile Ford Falcon FG X
Broc Feeney
Practice 1: 2m09.64s, 4th
Practice 2: 2m09.02s, 5th

“It was great to be back out on track in the Super2 car today. We had really good pace at SMP so I was feeling positive going into the round. The car felt great all day, we made some adjustments for Practice 2 and did some really solid times on old tyres. I’m really looking forward to using some green tyres in qualifying and getting out there for tomorrow’s race.”

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