TICKFORD RACING – SUPERLOOP ADELAIDE 500 SUNDAY REPORT
23 February, 2020
Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) finished off the opening round of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with a third place finish on the streets of Adelaide, in a busy race for the 25-year old Mildura native. After qualifying third, Waters was among the front runners all race, however a mistake on Lap 41 put his podium aspirations in jeopardy, after he skidded wide at pit entry, having to abort his intended pit stop and costing valuable time. However, an issue with then race leading Car 97 needing to make an additional stop put Waters back on the effective podium, and the Monster Energy driver held off one final charge from Car 97 to claim his 11th career podium finish, and second straight in Adelaide.
Just behind Waters on Sunday was Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang), who capped an impressive week with a fourth place finish in Race 2 to go with his fifth place finish in Race 1, and top five results in every on-track session dating back to the Supercars SuperTest on Tuesday in Tailem Bend. Davison and Waters exit the first round of the season tied for fourth in the championship.
Following a 12th place finish on Saturday, Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) stepped it up on Sunday to convert an eighth place starting position into a sixth place finish, elevating him to seventh in the drivers’ championship through the first weekend.
Also making notable improvements on Sunday was Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang), who narrowly missed out on his fist Top Ten Shootout, starting 11th. Le Brocq spent much of middle of the race in the top ten, ultimately finishing in 12th.
The 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship continues March 12-15 with the Melbourne 400 event in support of the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Race 2 Quali: 1m20.09s, 6th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m20.31s, 8th
Race 2 Finish: 6th
“It’s a good turnaround from where we started the weekend, even at the test day we struggled a bit up until today, really. We found some stuff overnight that’s really brought us into the right window, and it was nice to confirm that they were the problems, and now we can press on. We have a good car, Sammy (Scaffidi) did a great job tuning it up, so I’m really pleased to come home with a quick car in the top ten of the championship. That was always the aim, so we ticked all the boxes this weekend.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Race 2 Quali: 1m19.88s, 2nd
Top Ten Shootout: 1m19.95s, 3rd
Race 2 Finish: 3rd
“It was pretty full on, obviously (Sam Potter, engineer) came over the radio with 20 to go and said that he (Shane van Gisbergen) had to pit, and we were effectively P3, so I was just trying to stay with Chazzy (Mostert) and put as much pressure on him as I could. I saw him sliding around a little bit, but yeah, you just kind of got aero wash and the tyres got hot so I ended up just trying to stay with Chaz. It was a time trial, trying to have enough of a gap for when Shane pits to hold him off. He pitted, (put) on good tyres, I knew I had a pretty big task ahead of me. We were having an awesome battle but obviously he had that suspension failure or whatever it was. He pretty well got the job done on me and then that happened, which was a bit of a shame for him. But yeah, super happy to end up on the podium.”
On in-lap, where he picked up van Gisbergen from his stricken car:
“Yeah, I went past him, saw him standing on the side of the road like a hitchhiker, so I thought I’d put my Uber hat on and try and pick up an extra couple hundred, charge him for the ride home, and yeah. Picked him up and took him back to the pits…Yeah, you know, the Holden broke down and the Ford picked him up and saved the day. The better energy drink had to pick up the other, s*****r one.”
Q: Did he give you a rating?
“I haven’t gotten one yet, and he hasn’t even paid me, so I better put my invoice in.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Race 2 Quali: 1m20.78s, 11th
Top Ten Shootout: n/a
Race 2 Finish: 12th
“We moved forward, obviously it’s good to come home clean, but yeah, I made a couple of silly mistakes which put us back. I suppose it led to us getting knocked around a bit, but all in all the speed’s there. Without that mistake it could have potentially a top ten, but it is what it is. Made the most of it, had some fun, and the car’s straight.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Race 1 Quali: 1m19.99s, 4th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m20.03s, 4th
Race 1 Finish: 4th
“Definitely a really good week from the test day all the way through here. It’s good to be right up the front and make a statement about the year. I’m happy but I’m naturally disappointed not to get any silverware over the weekend. We didn’t quite execute in the race, we had a few little issues today in the pit sequence. I’m obviously a little bit disappointed, but having said that it’s all pretty positive. We learned a lot over the weekend, the car was really fast in qualifying, we’re not quite as strong in race trim, but certainly it’s been a really positive weekend. To leave here with a straight car and a haul of points, it’s a good start.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“To first come out of Adelaide with no major damage to any of our cars, and secondly to have all four in the top 12, it’s a really good start for us on the whole. Cam and Will were excellent all weekend, Lee made serious progress on his car, and Jack is making steady gains in getting up to speed in the Supercheap Auto car. We have a bit more speed to find, but half of the top six today were our cars. We’re pretty happy about that.”
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Broc Feeney (No. 5 Tickford Ford Falcon FG X) finished up his first weekend as a Dunlop Super2 Series driver with a second consecutive seventh place finish, moving up two spots from his starting position in Race 3. The 17-year old Feeney finished the weekend eighth in the championship, second among rookies after a clean weekend on the treacherous Adelaide street circuit. Feeney will return to the track April 3-5 when Super2 returns to action at the Tasmania Super400 at Symmons Plains.
No. 5 Tickford Ford Falcon FG X
Race 2 Start: 9th
Race 2 Finish: 7th
“It was a really good weekend, to move up a couple spots in today’s race was pretty good, and to end the weekend eighth and with a pretty clean car is a good way to start the season. I learned a lot this weekend, I definitely gained confidence every time I drove the car, and we made really positive improvements over the weekend. It’s a good start, and we’ll look to build on it in Tasmania next time out.”
SUPERCARS DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 288 points
2) Jamie Whincup – 261
3) Chaz Mostert – 234
4) Cameron Waters – 231
5) Will Davison – 231
7) Lee Holdsworth – 171
15) Jack Le Brocq – 126
1) DJR Team Penske – 216 points
2) Tickford Racing (5/23) – 402
3) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 390
4) Tickford Racing (6/55) – 357
SUPER2 DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Brodie Kostecki – 286 points
2) Thomas Randle – 284
3) Will Brown – 264
8) Broc Feeney – 180