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Waters, Le Brocq strong out of the gates in Townsville

9 July, 2021

The NTI Townsville 500 opened action on Friday with a pair of practice sessions for the Supercars Championship around Townsville’s 2.86-kilometre street circuit. Tickford Racing was paced by Cam Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) in both Friday sessions, who placed seventh and third in the respective practice sessions as he looks to back up a strong performance at Townsville in 2020.

Jack Le Brocq (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) found pace in the second session that put him fourth at the chequered flag ending Friday’s proceedings, giving the 29-year old added confidence heading into Saturday’s qualifying.

Opting to trial different set up options in practice, James Courtney (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang) found himself 11th and 18th at the end of the day’s sessions, but is confident the Boost Mobile Mustang will have front running form in line with his team mates come Saturday.

On-track action at the NTI Townsville 500 resumes Saturday with Race 15 qualifying beginning at 11:15 a.m. AEST. The first five rows of Saturday’s grid will be set by a Top Ten Shootout at 1:05 p.m., ahead of lights out on Saturday’s 88-lap race at 3:45 p.m.

No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Practice 1: 1m13.58s, 16th
Practice 2: 1m12.54s, 4th

“It’s been a tough season so far, the results haven’t quite been there, I think we’ve shown speed, we keep popping up there every now and then. It’s nice (to be P4), but we’ve just got to keep doing it over the weekend. It’s (improving has) probably been more on myself to be honest. I’ve been working pretty hard, Scaff (Sam Scaffidi, engineer) has been giving me a tune up back at the workshop, and I’ve been spending a bit of time on the sim as well. It’s just a little braking technique, bad habits I suppose, creep back in, so I’m just trying to tidy that up and make my driving more consistent, that’s probably the biggest thing. Hopefully we can keep doing it over the weekend, because that’s going to be the tell-tale sign.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cam Waters
Practice 1: 1m13.26s, 7th
Practice 2: 1m12.52s, 3rd

“We threw a lot at the car today, trying to learn a few things, and particularly after Darwin it’s good to bounce back and feel comfortable in the car, and it’s giving me what I want from it. You can always make it a little bit better, so we’ll go through everything we did today and find that last little bit. We’re all trying different things, it’s great to see Jack (Le Brocq) up there, he’s had a bit of a tough run the last few rounds, so it’s great to see him up there and be a bit of a confidence boost for him. Hopefully we can get on the data and make the cars a little bit nicer tomorrow, and have JC up there as well.”  

No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
James Courtney
Practice 1: 1m13.34s, 11th
Practice 2: 1m13.11s, 18th

“It was a pretty productive today for us, it’s called practice for a reason. We had a program we wanted to get through, and when you test things you find some things you like and some things you don’t, the good news is we ran quite a different program to the other side of the garage and obviously Cam was strong all day. The good thing about having a solid team and team mates is that you can have the confidence to do that kind of stuff and always come back to a strong package, so I’m not worried that we’re in dire straits or anything.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“All in all it was a solid Friday. We tried a few different things across the cars and found some good points to work towards tomorrow. Obviously Cam and Jack performed quite well but even though JC’s results don’t look too flash on paper we’re happy with what his car was able to accomplish today. It’s a good start to the weekend, we’ll look to progress from here and have a strong day tomorrow.”

Despite leading the Dunlop Super2 Series standings into Townsville, Zak Best (No 78 Best Leisure Industries Ford Falcon FG X) took a measured approach to his first day at the Reid Park street circuit. After taking in the 2.86-kilometre circuit during Practice 1, the 19-year old chipped away at his car set up in Practice 2, shaving a full second off his time in the second hit out to complete the seventh fastest lap of the afternoon.

The Dunlop Super2 Series returns to track on Saturday at 10:50 a.m. AEST for Race 3 qualifying, before its 21-lap race at 2:25 p.m.

No. 78 Best Leisure Industries Ford Falcon FG X
Zak Best
Practice 1: 1m16.43s, 10th
Practice 2: 1m15.41s, 7th

“We were P10 in Practice 1, which I was just learning the track and all that sort of thing. I wasn’t pushing ridiculously hard, it rained a little in the middle of the session so I was just driving to the conditions. I didn’t quite get the lap I wanted in the dry, we were just working on some things, and we kept doing that in Practice 2. We kept working on the things we needed to improve on to tune the car up. Now we’ll just tune the driver up and we’ll be right for quali tomorrow.”