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Tussle in Tassie – Tasmania Crash Course

Round 3 of the Supercars season saw the championship visit Symmons Plains Raceway outside Launceston for the Tasmania SuperSprint, consisting of Races 6, 7, and 8 of the 2021 campaign. Full of action throughout the weekend, there is plenty to talk about in this edition of our Crash Course, read on below to check out some of the best snaps of the weekend and catch up on some of the hot topics following Round 3.

As the shortest track on the Supercars calendar, close quarters combat is common at Symmons Plains Raceway, where all three of Tickford’s Ford Mustangs had their share of beating and banging across the weekend. Despite the occasional artificial damage, all three drivers finished each of the weekend’s three races, led by Cam Waters’ sixth, fourth, and fourth place finishes.

Cam kicked off Sunday morning with back-to-back poles in qualifying for Races 7 and 8, notching his sixth and seventh career poles in Supercars. Unfortunately Waters was unable to convert those into silverware, as he and team mates Jack Le Brocq and James Courtney battled challenges with tyre degradation across the weekend, leaving them vulnerable in the late stages of the races. Accumulating three top six finishes on the weekend, Waters retained fourth in the drivers’ championship, top of the pops within the team.

One quarter of the way through season 2021, the points battles are as close as the racing on track. Sitting in fourth, Waters is just a 63-point leap from second in the pecking order, while he and Courtney’s garage also sits fourth in the teams’ championship, an even closer 42 points from second overall. Le Brocq and Courtney sit 15th and 16th after their own challenges earlier in the year, however are both within less than 100 points from seventh in the championship , meaning there is plenty to play for in South Australia in early May.

We head to South Australia for Round 4 of the 2021 championship, at The Bend Motorsport Park and The Bend SuperSprint across the May 8-9 weekend. The Bend was a happy hunting ground for Tickford Racing in two race events at the circuit in 2020, Le Brocq scored a runner-up finish in the opening race before Waters took the race win in the finale, and the team will no doubt be in search of more silverware at the country’s youngest permanent motorsport facility.