TICKFORD RACING – SUPERCHEAP AUTO BATHURST 1000 SUNDAY REPORT
18 October, 2020
After 6 hours and 10 minutes of relentless Supercars racing, Cameron Waters and Will Davison (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) finished a narrow second place at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Having started from pole, the Monster Energy Racing duo were genuinely in the battle for the win throughout Sunday’s 161-lap race, and after multiple late-race restarts came up 0.86s from victory at Mount Panorama. Despite coming heartbreakingly close to winning Australia’s Great Race, Waters climbed to second in the Supercars drivers’ championship, his highest ever result in the championship.
Following Sunday’s race, Waters was also voted the Supercars Drivers’ Driver, an award determined by a vote among his fellow drivers.
Overcoming malfunctioning radio and in-car cooling systems, Lee Holdsworth and Michael Caruso (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) finished seventh in Sunday’s race after starting fifth on the grid. The result equals Holdsworth’s best result at Bathurst since 2010, and earns him 11th in the 2020 drivers’ championship.
Persevering through a tough afternoon on the latter’s 18th birthday, James Courtney and Broc Feeney (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang) finished tenth after a relatively clean race.
Jack Le Brocq and James Moffat (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) spent most of the first 130 laps of the 161-lap race in the top eight, and appeared to be in position for a strong finish. However as the race neared its final 30 laps, Le Brocq began suffering illness from inhaling fumes in the cabin, and later elected to pit on Lap 137 to get out of the car. Moffat went on to finish the race in the No. 55, taking the chequered flag in 14th.
Tickford Racing concluded the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with its two garages claiming third and fourth positions in the teams’ championship, marking the fourth consecutive season the team has earned third place honours. On Monday the team’s traveling staff will head back to Melbourne for the first time since early July, ending a 105-day road trip that included eight race rounds in four states and territories, as well as a temporary base at Sea World on the Gold Coast.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Race 31 Finish: 7th
“That was as tough a seventh place as I think we’ll ever have. We had no comms for all of Caruse’s run, and because of that when he got out and I got in we didn’t know the cool suit had malfunctioned. Doing 65 laps in there was absolutely brutal, I was glad to get it home. Seventh obviously isn’t what we wanted, but I don’t think we could have done much more in the Truck Assist Ford Mustang today. Congrats to Cam and Will, and the whole Tickford team. To do all we’ve done over the last three months without being home is pretty special. I think we’ve all earned a little downtime, but we’re certainly eager to come back stronger in 2021.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Race 31 Finish: 2nd
“I gave it absolutely everything I could, they just did a little bit better job than us. Those Safety Cars were probably just another chance for me to try and get in front somehow, the first one (Shane van Gisbergen) was probably a bit vulnerable at (Turn) 1 and 2, and over the top I was close enough to, I thought, maybe have a lunge, but (I was) just not quite there. And then the next one I thought I might as well try and push him the whole way until he goes, which it kind of half worked, but he just put his car in the right spots which made it bloody hard. Hats off to their team, they drove awesome all day, they deserve the win. They didn’t put a foot wrong and they had a fast car.”
No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
Race 31 Finish: 10th
“That was a lot of hard work for tenth. The Boost Mobile Mustang was pretty solid today but not quite as quick as we needed to get to the front. The team did a great job, Broc was fantastic – it’s hard to believe he only turned 18 today, he didn’t put a wheel wrong – it’s always good to be in the 10, but it’s Bathurst and you’re never happy unless you’re first. It wasn’t our day, but really proud of the Boost Mobile Racing team for the work they’ve put in this week, and all year.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Race 31 Finish: 14th
“The day was going all right, the Supercheap Auto Mustang was cruising along pretty well and we were looking pretty solidly in the top 10. Then yeah, at some point I started getting fumes in the cabin. I’m not entirely sure how it all happened, but with around 40 to go I started getting a bit dizzy, and eventually decided I had to bring it in, I just didn’t trust myself with the car with how I was feeling. Moff and the team did an awesome job all day and things were looking pretty good, so it’s a bitter way to end it. Big thanks to the team for the effort over the past few months, not the way we wanted today to go, but really proud of everyone for their work and commitment.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“That’s Bathurst for you, what a day. Obviously gutted for Cam and Will, they threw everything at it today and deserved the win, but clearly it wasn’t their day. Still, second is an excellent result and a great achievement, we’re really proud of both of them and the Car 6 team. All in all, to have three cars in the top 10 – and all four finish 1000 kilometres without any major issues – is a huge credit to the team. It sure wasn’t an easy day and things went wrong, but we pulled through and finished the race with four straight cars. It’s been a hell of a season and I can’t say enough about the work that our team has put in to not only keep us going but increase our competitiveness as the season went on. It’s certainly been a year for the history books.”
SUPERCARS DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 2576
2) Cameron Waters – 2125
3) Shane van Gisbergen – 2095
11) Lee Holdsworth – 1553
13) James Courtney – 1476
15) Jack Le Brocq – 1396
SUPERCARS TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) DJR Team Penske – 4376
2) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 4114
3) Tickford Racing (6/55) – 3521
4) Tickford Racing (5/44) – 3200