TICKFORD RACING – GOLD COAST 600 SATURDAY REPORT

26 October, 2019

Cameron Waters and Michael Caruso (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) converted a fourth place start into a fourth place finish in Race 26 at the Gold Coast 600 on Saturday, in Waters’ tenth top five of 2019.

Lee Holdsworth and Thomas Randle (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) brought home a sixth place finish, narrowly ahead of Will and Alex Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang), who climbed from a 13th place start to finish seventh after 102 laps on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

After scoring provisional pole in group qualifying, Chaz Mostert’s (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) day and weekend came to a rapid end in the Top Ten Shootout, when the 27-year old made heavy contact with the Turn 11 barrier during his Shootout lap. The No. 55 Mustang suffered major front end damage, and the team quickly determined it could not be fixed at the race track. As a result, Mostert and co-driver James Moffat did not start Race 26, and will not compete in any of Sunday’s Supercars action, aiming to return at the Sandown 500 in a fortnight’s time.

Mostert complained of a sore left wrist following the incident, but after a visit to the infield medical centre was cleared of any fractures by the Supercars medial staff and left the circuit prior to the start of the race.

The Gold Coast 600 concludes Sunday with group qualifying for Race 27 at 9:55 a.m. AEST, a second Top Ten Shootout at 11:50, and Race 27 beginning at 3:00 p.m.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Race 26 Quali: 1m10.59s, 5th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m10.72s, 5th
Race 26 Finish: 6th

Lee Holdsworth
“It was a pretty positive day, I think I would have liked to have seen what would have happened had the race stayed green. We did a lot of fuel saving in that race, so we sacrificed a bit of speed, but then the Safety Car at the end meant that we lost our fuel advantage. Anyway, P6 is a good result, I think Tom did a good job, there’s a couple of things we certainly need to work on with the car, it wasn’t perfect. So we have some stuff to work on tonight, and we’ll come back with a speed demon tomorrow.”

Thomas Randle
“I’m pretty happy with sixth. I think my stint went pretty well, I got a great start, I think Michael got held up by Garth (Tander) but I got up to fourth off the start. I let Michael by ten or so laps in, he was just quicker than me. I knew it was going to be hard, I was up there with three guys who raced full-time last season and then one who just one Bathurst, so it was tough, but I think I did my job well. I nicked the wall coming out of Turn 11 one time but it hardly left a scratch, I got the car back to Lee, and he did a great job to bring it back P6. I’m much more confident now after getting some race laps under my belt, and that’ll help a lot come tomorrow.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Race 26 Quali: 1m10.64s, 6th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m10.41s, 4th
Race 26 Finish: 4th

Cameron Waters
“I’m happy, but I’m not. We were so close and I could see it and smell the surfboard. Michael did a great job, he got a bit bogged at the start dodging Garth (Tander), but he redeemed himself, I guess, passed Thomas (Randle) and was hunting the leaders down. We had a speedy car until we had a brake issue start to creep in, which made braking really tough, then the Safety Car came out. I gave it everything to try and pass Scott (McLaughlin), but I just needed a little bit more and we probably would have been a chance. Great day for Monster Energy Racing to bounce back after Bathurst, we were a genuine shot for the podium today, but fourth’s still good.”

Michael Caruso
“I mean, it’s hard to be happy with it if I’m being honest. We had a good car, we got caught up at the start there, I sort of got taken to the fence by Garth (Tander) so I had to back out of it and unfortunately that cost us a position to Thomas (Randle), which we ended up getting back and tried to claw back that time gap (to the front). It was an interesting race, to have not much happen for pretty much 90-percent of it, it made it difficult strategically, but the boys did a great job, Cam drove really well, we’ve got a straight car and a fast car, so we’ll reset and have another go tomorrow.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Race 26 Quali: 1m10.43s, 1st
Top Ten Shootout: No Time, 9th
Race 26 Finish: DNS

Chaz Mostert

“I’m gutted for the team. I didn’t have a great lap going to be honest, and just made a small mistake, but that’s all it takes to have a big one here. Sorry to the Tickford boys and girls, and Supercheap Auto, it’s a real shame to end the weekend this way.”

James Moffat
“Certainly it’s disappointing to have the weekend end like that, but the important thing is Chazzy’s okay. It’ll be a big week for the crew back at the workshop, but we’ll plan to show up at Sandown and hopefully have a chance to reward them for the hard work.”

No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Race 26 Quali: 1m10.85s, 13th
Top Ten Shootout: n/a
Race 26 Finish: 7th

Will Davison
“It’s a good recovery drive, great drive by Alex. It was disappointing to be 13th in qualifying, but it was nuts out there, like it was literally just try to survive, and listen the race went pretty faultlessly from our point of view until the end. We were amongst a bunch of guys (who were) a lap down who were racing for like sheep stations, and they’re blocking me trying to get through, it was very frustrating because the car gets very hot and it’s quite tricky. I knew there was going to be a big accident, it was right behind me, and I’m just glad it wasn’t me because it could have been anyone.”

Alex Davison
“We probably maximised what we had. We weren’t really fast enough overall, so a top seven is solid, but we’re aiming for higher. My stint was okay, I got stuck behind Dale Wood for most of the stint, he was blocking me from the first five laps of the stint. Eventually I got past him, got past Todd Hazelwood, but we had lost so much time already. We lost one spot when Will Brown cut the chicane, overtook me, and Supercars did nothing about it, so that was frustrating because each position you lose costs you time. Will did all he could, he did a great job, no mistakes, the car came back straight, and we’re ready to have another crack at it tomorrow.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“First and foremost we’re glad Chaz is okay. Obviously it was a big hit, he’s banged up and resting at home up the road, but is okay physically, which of course is the priority. For the other three cars, though, it was actually a pretty positive day. We didn’t quite have the pace to get on the podium, but all three were in the thick of it, they all came back with reasonable finishes, and don’t have all that much damage. (Car) 55’s on the other end of the spectrum, of course, but it’s a credit to our drivers who went through 300-kays on such an abusive track and had so little as some rubber marks.”

On Car 55 repair process:
“We’ll get a full look at it back at the workshop, but we’ll need to prepare another chassis for Sandown. The chassis rail has smashed through the firewall, and most, if not all, of the front end is heavily damaged. Fortunately we raced a fifth Mustang a couple months back, so we’ll get to work first thing this week getting that race ready for Sandown in a couple weeks.”

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 3437 points
2) Shane van Gisbergen – 2824
3) Jamie Whincup – 2530
5) Chaz Mostert – 2447
7) Cameron Waters – 2185
9) Will Davison – 2063
10) Lee Holdsworth – 1974

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) DJR-Team Penske – 5562 points
2) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 5214
3) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 4371
4) Tickford Racing (6/23) – 4168

Ends.