TICKFORD RACING – CENTURY BATTERIES IPSWICH SUPERSPRINT PREVIEW
24 July, 2019
Tickford Racing heads back to Queensland this weekend for the Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint, the ninth round on the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar. Informally known as “the paperclip,” Ipswich’s Queensland Raceway celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and has hosted at least one Supercars event each year since its opening in 1999.
Supercheap Auto Racing’s Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) has had notable success at the technical, six-turn circuit, with three career race wins and nine podiums to his name. Mostert sits fourth in the Supercars championship order and looks to continue his climb up the ladder in Ipswich.
Coming off a pole and podium finish in Race 18 at Townsville, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) heads to QR with momentum as he hopes to chip away towards the top six in the championship, sitting comfortably in seventh after eight rounds.
Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) endured a frustrating Sunday race in Townsville after getting caught up in an incident not of his making, and is hopeful he and his 23Red Racing squad can turn their fortunes in Ipswich, a home round for the Queensland resident.
Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) has come into form over the past two months, finishing in the top ten in seven of the last eight races, including a current streak of five races starting and finishing in the ten. Originally from Brisbane, Holdsworth is keen to return to the track and build on his positive momentum in the middle segment of the season.
The Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint takes place July 26-28 at Queensland Raceway outside Brisbane. The weekend consists of Races 19 and 20 of the 2019 season on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, with practice sessions starting the weekend on Friday, July 26.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
“I’m pretty happy with the way we’ve been tracking lately, so I’m looking forward to getting out to Ipswich and getting on track. We’re building each round and each day with the car, and all four cars are doing that, which is very positive. At Townsville we were disappointed with eighth, which shows the progress we’ve made in The Bottle-O camp, so we’ve just got to keep going like we have been and trying to improve every time out.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
“I’m excited to get to Ipswich and get back in the car, it’ll be a good place to go to again. We’re coming off a good result at Townsville, I think we’ve made some progress with the car, and we’ll try and get some more trophies.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
“QR’s a special place for me. Obviously I got my first win there back in the day, and we’ve had a fair bit of success over the years, hopefully we can add to it this weekend. Townsville was overall pretty positive but I feel like we let a win slip out of our hands there, so we’re pretty hungry to go out and get the most out of it this weekend.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the car this weekend, have another crack at it with the Milwaukee Racing boys. Townsville didn’t go to plan for us, particularly the Sunday, but the potential was there for a very positive weekend, which makes it a little more frustrating but it keeps the confidence high as well. I think we’re in a good place with the car, certainly we’ve shown how competitive we can be and we’re still gunning for that podium, it’s just a matter of putting it all together; qualifying well, picking the right strategy, and of course staying out of trouble. Easier said than done, but we’ve got the tools to do it, so I’m excited to have another go this weekend.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It’s another opportunity for us to continue chipping away toward the front, so we’re looking forward to getting out on track. We’ve found some notable gains in the cars over the past few rounds, and it’s shown on the track so hopefully we can continue that trend. We just want to keep taking forward steps and I think we’re well placed to do that this weekend.”
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
After holding just three rounds over the first four months of the season, the Dunlop Super2 Series is back in action this weekend for its second event in July. After showing great potential and speed in Townsville, Thomas Randle (No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X), is out to rebound from a frustrating previous round that saw his first career win stripped due to a post-race penalty. Though he hasn’t raced in Super2 at QR, Randle owns two lap records at the circuit, in Formula 4 in 2015 and also sports sedans, driving his family’s Saab 9-3 in 2018.
Super2 will contest Races 8 and 9 of its 2019 season on the weekend in Ipswich, across Saturday and Sunday.
No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X
“It’s nice that we have a fairly quick turnaround for Super2, after what happened in Townsville, knowing we had the pace to win the race and back it up with a pretty solid result on Sunday – which both were taken away due to penalties of my own wrongdoing – it’s certainly something I want to make amends for. I know the speed is there from what we showed in Townsville, and I can’t wait to get back on the track on Friday and continue where we left off. I’ve read over the rules again so I should be under control on my side, and hopefully we can get back on that top step and stay there this time.”
EVENT NAME: Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint
DATE: July 26-28
LOCATION: Ipswich, QLD
EVENT NUMBER: 9 of 15
FORMAT: Friday – 2 x 40-min DS2 practice, 2 x 30-min VASC practice; Saturday – 1 x 15-min DS2 quali, 1 x 20-lap DS2 race (62km), 1 x 30-min VASC practice, 3 x 10-min VASC quali, 1 x 39-lap VASC race (122km); Sunday – 1 x 15-min DS2 quali, 1 x 20-lap DS2 race (62km), 1 x 30-min VASC practice, 3 x 10-min VASC quali, 1 x 39-lap VASC race (203km)
CIRCUIT: Queensland Raceway
DESCRIPTION: Often referred to as “the paperclip,” Queensland Raceway combines long radius, sweeping corners with hairpins designed for heavy braking and several passing opportunities. With a fairly flat geography, QR is one of few circuits where fans can watch cars around the whole lap.
TRACK RECORD: 1m09.66s (James Courtney, 2018)
TICKFORD RACING BEST RESULT: 1st – Mark Winterbottom (2008 x 2, 2015 x 2), Chaz Mostert (2015, 2017)