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TICKFORD RACING – ROBSON CIVIL PROJECTS TOWNSVILLE SUPERSPRINT SATURDAY REPORT

5 September, 2020
Continuing his strong form of the last three weeks, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) has taken second place in Race 22 of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship on the streets of Townsville. It is Waters’ 15th career podium, and third second place finish in the last four races. The Mildura native now sits fourth in the Supercars drivers’ championship after 18 completed races.
 
After qualifying ninth on used tyres in Race 22’s Top Ten Shootout, Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) made his compulsory pit stop earlier than his on-track rivals, and managed his tyre life over the race’s 25 remaining laps to secure an eighth place finish on Saturday afternoon.
 
Boost Mobile Racing’s James Courtney (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang) recorded a tenth place finish in Race 22, his eighth top 10 finish since making his debut with Tickford Racing in late June.
 
Lee Holdsworth’s (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) day started with his No. 5 Mustang leaking oil during practice and qualifying, leading him to qualify 13th for Race 22. Holdsworth’s crew rectified the leaking issue for Saturday’s 39-lap race, but the Truck Assist Racing driver found himself stuck in traffic following his Lap 24 pit stop, and struggled to improve his position before the chequered flag, finishing 16th.
 
The Robson Civil Projects Townsville SuperSprint concludes on Sunday with Races 23 and 24 of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. On-track action begins at 9:40 a.m. AEST with back to back qualifying sessions, followed by Race 23 at 12:05 p.m., and Race 24 at 2:40.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang

Lee Holdsworth
Practice 1: 1m13.37s, 17th
Practice 2: 1m12.51s, 6th
Race 22 Quali: 1m12.67s (Q2), 13th
Race 22 Finish: 16th

“The oil leak this morning really put us on the back foot, then the day just kind of compounded from there. We qualified further back than we should have because I was slipping on my own oil, and in the race we didn’t have the best tyre life and I got caught in traffic, so we couldn’t move forward like we wanted. Definitely a frustrating day, but we can start fresh tomorrow and hopefully finish this stretch on a positive.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cameron Waters
Practice 1: 1m13.10s, 12th
Practice 2: 1m12.34s, 1st
Race 22 Quali: 1m12.27s (Shootout), 3rd
Race 22 Finish: 2nd

“A really happy day. (We) tried a lot of things in practice to try and help where we lacked last week and I think we fixed some, but Scotty Mac (McLaughlin) is obviously still pretty quick. Awesome to be back on the podium, great for all the boys and the sponsors, and let’s hope we can do a little bit better tomorrow.”

On trying to win on Sunday:
“I’m pretty motivated. I hate losing, as does everyone, but the boys and I, we’re working real hard, and this is probably the best I’ve seen Tickford work together so we’ll keep working, and we’ll hunt him (McLaughlin) down.”

No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
James Courtney
Practice 1: 1m12.63s, 1st
Practice 2: 1m12.48s, 4th
Race 22 Quali: 1m12.70s (Q2), 14th
Race 22 Finish: 10th

“I had a lot of great battles today, so that was pretty fun. At one point I was pointing sideways down the pit straight so it was a pretty busy race. I think we were caught off guard a little bit by the track evolution in qualifying, so we started a bit out of position. Obviously we moved forward in the race, I would have liked to move further forward, but we were still in the ten, the car’s straight, and there’s definitely more in it for tomorrow, we just have to unlock it.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Practice 1: 1m13.13s, 13th
Practice 2: 1m12.74s, 11th
Race 22 Quali: 1m12.55s (Shootout), 9th
Race 22 Finish: 8th

“I think we had a good strategy, Brad (Wischusen, engineer) got us out in clear air, and I think we had a pretty good car under us. I was sort of nursing some damage as well from the first lap so it wasn’t ideal, but we got through it. The car was good, we made the tyres last longer than we did last weekend, so that’s an improvement. I’m happy with that and reasonably happy with eighth today.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“Obviously Cam was fantastic again today. There is a little bit left to find to get to that top step of the podium, but he’s driving as well as ever right now and he and the team are being rightfully rewarded for it. Jack had a very solid day himself, we want to see those kind of races out of him so that result is very promising, and Lee and to a lesser extent JC had their challenges but fought on. It’s obviously been a mental four weeks for the team, so we’ll knuckle down tonight and try to finish it on a high with more strong results tomorrow.”

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 1656 points
2) Jamie Whincup – 1513
3) Chaz Mostert – 1258
4) Cameron Waters – 1249
10) Lee Holdsworth – 1046
12) James Courtney – 942
15) Jack Le Brocq – 836


TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) DJR Team Penske – 2738 points
2) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 2670
3) Tickford Racing (5/44) – 2144
4) Tickford Racing (6/55) – 2085


Ends.