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TICKFORD RACING – MOUNT PANORAMA 500 SUNDAY REPORT
28 February, 2021

After a disappointing Saturday result, Cam Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) returned to the podium on Sunday, taking second place in Race 2 at the Mount Panorama 500. The result moves Waters up to sixth in the Supercars drivers’ championship following a 20th place finish on Saturday due to a power steering issue.

Following a sixth place finish on Saturday, Jack Le Brocq finished 19th on Sunday after pit strategy did not fall his way. Le Brocq also had to manage a sore foot across the second half of the race, coming home ninth in the drivers’ championship at the conclusion of the first race event of the season.

James Courtney started from seventh on Sunday after making the Top Ten Shootout, but his race was cut short on Lap 10 when the 2010 champion spun into the wall at the Cutting. The Boost Mobile Racing crew was unable to repair the car in time to be classified, relegating Courtney to his first DNF since Tailem Bend in 2020.  

A second chance at the Mountain beckons on Sunday, with Race 2 qualifying at 10:05 a.m. AEDT followed by a Top Ten Shootout at 12:10 p.m., ahead of another 250-kilometre race at 3:00.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang

Jack Le Brocq
Race 2 Quali: 2m05.53s, 13th
Top Ten Shootout: n/a
Race 2 Finish: 19th

“A bit of a different day to what we had yesterday. I just had trouble with the foot again, I woke up this morning and had a fair few blisters over the side of the foot which wasn’t ideal. We tried to press on today and get through it, the car was probably better than where we ended up, but I just didn’t really have the feeling with my foot, I was a little bit worried about bringing the car back in one piece, basically. We did that, we came home 19th or something, but ninth in the championship, and after the first round that’s always pretty solid. We’ll take that in the standings and keep moving on.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cam Waters
Race 2 Quali: 2m04.68s, 3rd
Top Ten Shootout: 2m05.73s, 2nd
Race 2 Finish: 2nd

“It was good, obviously, today to come out and qualify second with a pretty good lap, just left a little bit in it at the last corner, which probably cost us pole. I had a good start and got my race underway and Shane just had a probably a little more speed than what I did. After what happened yesterday, to come back today and get a heap of points with second was really cool.”

No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
James Courtney
Race 2 Quali: 2m05.28s, 7th
Top Ten Shootout: 2m06.74s, 7th
Race 2 Finish: DNF

It was me, mate. We were in the train and the front tyre temp was crazy and understeering, so we were tuning the car so I wasn’t understeering on my own and the balance shifted completely the other way. So yeah, it just caught myself out just up at the Cutting there. I’d like to blame someone else but yeah, it was me mate.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“Obviously it’s great to see Cam and the Car 6 crew get back up off the mat after yesterday’s issues. He proved he’s up to the task to fight for wins so it’s a nice confidence boost for him and the team. Jack did well to bring the car home and score some points, obviously it’s not quite what we wanted for a result but credit to him for hanging in to the end, and for JC, he unfortunately just made a mistake and found the wall. It’s a bit of a shame because he was having a decent weekend, but that’s motorsport for you. A bit of an up and down weekend for the team, but now we’ll regroup and refocus for Sandown in a few weeks. A heap of credit to Zak Best as well on his drive in Super2 this weekend, he did a tremendous job and drove two really smart races, and obviously was rewarded with his first Super2 podium. To do that in his first race weekend in that car, his first race weekend with Ray (Lau, engineer) is really positive and set him up really well for the year ahead.”

DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Continuing his sharp start to the 2021 Dunlop Super2 Series season, Zak Best (No. 78 Best Leisure Industries Ford Falcon FG X) took a methodical third place in Sunday’s 12-lap race, netting him second place for the round. Sunday’s result is both Best’s first race and round podium in Super2, and naturally places him second in the Super2 drivers’ championship at the end of the first event.

Best and the Dunlop Super2 Series will next hit the track in May at the Winton SuperSprint, just a few minutes’ drive from Best’s hometown of Benalla. The Winton SuperSprint takes place may 29-30.

No. 78 Best Leisure Industries Ford Falcon FG X
Zak Best
Race 2 Quali: 2m07.01s, 6th
Race 2 Finish: 3rd
“Definitely a good way to start the season, and moving teams in the offseason (it’s) a great way to start with Tickford. Hopefully we can build something here and keep chipping away at it and maybe we can be on the top step later in the year.”

On joining Tickford Racing:
“It just feels more homey, a very family environment. There’s a wealth of knowledge down there with the main game guys there, there’s lots of things that you can use from the main game to help you in Super2, so having all that backing there will make the difference…I’ve had a few chats with Cam (Waters), he’s helped me a little bit over the weekend. It’s good to have guys like that in your corner.”

SUPERCARS DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Shane van Gisbergen – 300 points
2) Chaz Mostert – 267
3) Mark Winterbottom – 231
6) Cam Waters – 183
9) Jack Le Brocq – 150

21) James Courtney – 90

SUPERCARS TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 498 points
2) Walkinshaw Andretti United – 444
3) Team 18 – 369
6) Tickford Racing (6/44) – 273

SUPER2 DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Jordan Boys – 279 points
2) Zak Best – 249
3) Broc Feeney – 234

Ends.