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Tickford up to tame Townsville’s streets


4 September, 2020
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship wraps up four consecutive weeks of racing this weekend at the Robson Civil Projects Townsville SuperSprint, the second leg of a back to back on the streets of Townsville.
With finishes of second, fourth, and second last weekend in Townsville, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) gained valuable ground in the drivers’ championship, where he currently sits fifth after seven rounds. Happy with his car balance in Townsville 1, Waters is keen to get on track this weekend for his 150th race start, and aims to find the fractions of pace needed to score his first race win of 2020.
After a disappointing trip to Darwin in August, Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) was much happier with the speed of his Mustang in the first Townsville event, and is optimistic with further tweaks that he can join Waters fighting at the front of the field.
James Courtney (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang) continues to settle in nicely at Tickford Racing, and scored two top-seven finishes last weekend. Citing tyre degradation as an area for improvement, the Boost Mobile Racing driver is confident he can again contend for podiums this weekend.
Heading into the weekend 15th in the Supercars drivers’ championship, Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) aims to continue his improved qualifying pace from last weekend and convert it into stronger race results as he gets his second crack around the 2.85-kilometre street circuit.
The Robson Civil Projects Townsville SuperSprint takes place September 5-6 and hosts Races 22, 23, and 24 on the 2020 Supercars calendar. Like the NTI Townsville SuperSprint last weekend, each car will be allocated five sets of Dunlop Soft tyres to be used from the start of qualifying on Saturday through the end of the weekend.

No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang

Lee Holdsworth
“Our results from last weekend weren’t what we looking for, but we found some good things in our car and that has me much more confident heading into this weekend. The direction we took on Sunday felt much better on my car, so Sammy (Scaffidi, engineer) has gone to work building on that, and hopefully we’ll have the Truck Assist Mustang back at the pointy end all weekend.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cameron Waters
“Obviously last weekend was really good for the Monster Energy Mustang, but being so close to picking up a win we really want to get back on that top step. We had a sniff of a win last week, so we’ve tried to tune the car up and squeeze that little bit more out of it. The team’s going pretty well at the moment, so we’ll go out this weekend and have a red hot crack.”

No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
James Courtney
“Brendan (Hogan, engineer) and I have been going from strength to strength the last few weeks, so I’m certainly looking to keep fighting at the front this weekend. There are a couple of little things we were chasing in the car from last weekend, but overall we were pretty happy with the speed we had, and I’m confident in our direction and that we’ll be at the pointy end battling for podiums again this weekend.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
“We’re looking to bounce back this week in the 55 car. We had some good and bad last weekend, our car pace was solid but we didn’t convert it into results, so we’ve worked hard this week to make sure we can put it all together. Qualifying is always important and I’m getting more comfortable in the car on the limit, so hopefully we’ll start closer to the front and keep it up there in the races.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“No doubt we’re looking to build on the pace our cars had last weekend. Obviously Cam was fighting for wins but all four cars qualified in the top 10 at some point, so we’re pretty confident in the speed we have. We had a great turnaround between Darwin 1 and 2 a couple weeks ago, if we can make similar improvements week to week in Townsville we should be on for a very good weekend.”

EVENT NAME: Robson Civil Projects Townsville SuperSprint
DATE: September 5-6
LOCATION: Townsville, QLD
FORMAT: Saturday – 2 x 30-min practice, 2 x Quali segments, 1 x Top 10 Shootout, 1 x 39-lap race (111 km); Sunday – 2 x 10-min Quali, 2 x 39-lap race (111 km)
CIRCUIT: Reid Park Street Circuit
LENGTH: 2.85-kilometres
DESCRIPTION: Located in the shadows of Townsville’s Castle Hill, the Reid Park circuit is half city streets and half parkland roads, creating a hybrid circuit with a variety of corners and several passing opportunities throughout the 13-turn lap.
TRACK RECORD: 1m12.93s (Nick Percat, 2017)
TICKFORD RACING BEST RESULT: 1st – Mark Winterbotom (2010, 2015 x 2), Will Davison (2013)