TICKFORD RACING – WATPAC TOWNSVILLE 400 FRIDAY REPORT
5 July, 2019
Tickford Racing’s weekend at the Townsville 400 got off on the right, albeit damp, foot on Friday as drivers Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) and Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) led the Supercars field in each of the two Friday practice sessions. In a wet first practice in the late morning, it was 24-year old Waters top the timing sheets, while Holdsworth’s fast lap at the chequered flag of Practice 2 was quick enough to lead all drivers.
Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) had a fairly productive day, placing fourth and 11th in the respective sessions, while Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) only turned ten total laps on the day, placing 16th and 14th in the day’s sessions.
After electing to sit out a majority of the wet Practice 1, Mostert and his Supercheap Auto Racing squad’s limited running in Practice 2 was due to an electrical issue which was causing a loss of power in the No. 55 Mustang. Mostert spent an extended period of time in the garage during the second session while the crew diagnosed the problem, but reported a remedied car at the end of the session.
The Supercars field returns to action Saturday morning with Practice 3 at 9:55 a.m. AEST, followed by qualifying at 11:50 and Race 17 at 1:10 p.m.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m24.11s, 8th
Practice 2: 1m12.68s, 1st
“When you’re fastest on Friday, obviously it’s only practice, but I’m getting more and more comfortable in the car every time I get in it, so I’m able to push, and around here you need really good confidence. In the first session we had all sorts of conditions, we were pretty quick in the wet, but then we got to experience the dry as well… We’re chipping away at the car for me, making it more comfortable, and when you’re more comfortable in the car you can push harder, so I’m happy with the balance at the moment. We’re sort of down to the point where it’s very very fine tuning, we’ve got four quick cars, and that always helps. Hopefully we can all push each other, we can all learn something and we can come back – we’ll have to come back quicker tomorrow, because everyone’s going to push harder, they’ll have more sets of tyres to push, so we’ll have to step it up again.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m21.64s, 1st
Practice 2: 1m12.86s, 5th
“I had a good day, obviously the first session was wet and we didn’t really tune the car, but we were quickest which was cool. Practice 2 it dried out and we were running top five pace across that whole session. We tried a few things and got a good direction on the car. I’m pretty happy with everything, we’ll just keep tuning for tomorrow.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m25.04s, 16th
Practice 2: 1m13.24s, 14th
“I’m not gutted from the results, or where we are on the times sheets, I’m just gutted that we didn’t get the track running we probably wanted to today. We had some things that we really wanted to get a bit of an idea on, so this really put us on the back foot for this weekend. I’m not sure how we’ll roll out tomorrow, but we’ll just try to recover the best way we can. Obviously we’ve got some quick team mates, so that’s fantastic from a team point of view to try to rely on. We’ll look forward to tomorrow, onwards and upwards, and we’ll see how we go.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m23.68s, 4th
Practice 2: 1m13.12s. 11th
“We had good potential today, obviously I was disappointed not to have a good run at the end of Practice 2, but we certainly rolled out with a pretty good car. We did our quickest time on old tyres, so we didn’t get a good run at the end, but there’s a lot of potential in the car; we have some really good stuff to look at tonight. I’m pretty confident we can make the right adjustments to make the car better tomorrow. It’s not far away, we obviously didn’t get it right when it counted today, but I think we understand where we need to be for tomorrow.”
Rod Nash, co-owner
“We’re pretty happy with the day overall, the first practice probably wasn’t that telling because of the conditions, but we ended the day pretty confident that we’re in the window. There’s only so much you can take away from a day like today, but we’re there or thereabouts in terms of car pace and we’re sorting out the challenges we ran into today, particularly with Chaz’s car. It’s unfortunate he didn’t get much track time, but the good news is the issue was rectified so he should be good to go from here, and we’re confident we can have all four cars up there tomorrow.”
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
With Super2 returning to action for the first time since May, Thomas Randle (No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X) quickly got up to speed on Friday, posting the fifth fastest lap in Practice 1 and running P2 in Practice 2 in the afternoon. Randle will look to improve upon an impressive 2018 performance that saw him qualify on the front row for the Saturday race when he takes to the track tomorrow morning.
Super2 action resumes Saturday morning with race 6 qualifying at 9:25 a.m. AEST, followed by the 21-lap Race 6 at 1:45 p.m.
No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X
Practice 1: 1m15.42s, 5th
Practice 2: 1m14.59s, 2nd
“It was a good day on the streets of Townsville. The Skye Sands Tickford Falcon felt reasonably competitive on the old tyres; certainly in the second session I think we tuned the car a bit better, got some more out of my own driving, and we were pretty comfortable with the speed we had on the old tyres. On the green tyre run I think it was a bit misleading, I think with the track today, sort of off and on with rain, I think it was interesting to see how many people didn’t run green tyres, but I think it will help us for tomorrow’s qualifying. We’ll see how we go tomorrow in qualifying, and at the end of the day, that’s when it counts.”