TICKFORD RACING – TOWNSVILLE SUPERSPRINT SATURDAY REPORT
17 July, 2021
A strong pit stop, cunning strategy, and quality race craft have led Cam Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) to taking victory in Race 17 at the Townsville SuperSprint. After making his compulsory pit stop on Lap 16, Waters snatched the lead from Car 11 following its pit stop on the ensuing lap with a clever move at the exit of Turn 2, holding the lead for the remaining 22 laps to take the win.
It is Waters’ fourth career win and second of the 2021 Supercars season, and also the 76th race win in Tickford Racing history. Also claiming the fastest lap of the race netting bonus points, Saturday’s result lifts Waters to fourth in the Supercars drivers’ championship.
Behind the 26-year old, James Courtney (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang) finished eighth in a busy outing from ninth on the grid, which was hampered slightly by a delay on his pit stop, giving up some track position which he had to recoup over the remaining 19 laps.
After dropping spots on the opening lap of Race 17 Jack Le Brocq (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) raced forward to finish 14th in Saturday’s 39-lap race, and will look to put his solid race pace to better use on Sunday.
On-track action at the Townsville SuperSprint resumes Sunday with back to back qualifying at 10:25 a.m. AEST, which sets the grid for Races 18 and 19 at 12:45 and 3:40 p.m., respectively.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Practice 1: 1m13.31s, 5th
Race 17 Quali: 1m13.40s, 13th (Q2)
Race 17 Finish: 14th
“In the end it definitely wasn’t the day we wanted. The car was pretty solid in practice, it felt like we made some gains in areas we were lacking a bit last week. Unfortunately we couldn’t put it all together in qualifying so we started mid-pack, and then got caught in the craziness at the start and dropped back. Once we got going the car was pretty good, we were just fighting through a train and that obviously slowed us down a bit. We got back to 14th in the end, but we’re capable of better, so we’ll have a think overnight, see what improvements we can make to the car, and get back into it tomorrow.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m13.42s, 8th
Race 17 Quali: 1m12.81s, 2nd (Shootout)
Race 17 Finish: 1st
“I’m super stoked to get a win today. Last week was really tough for us as a team…the guys have done an absolutely amazing job in the week off to give me a car that was capable of being at the front. Not just being at the front but looking after its tyres and getting the race win. The car was totally different today (compared to what) it was last week, it’s a massive credit to all the engineering group at Tickford. They really put their heads together and worked out what we probably do right and what we do wrong, and came up with a solution. Today it was really good, the car was totally different and influenced a lot of things that I was struggling with last weekend.”
No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m13.23s, 3rd
Race 17 Quali: 1m13.65s, 9th (Shootout)
Race 17 Finish: 8th
“I didn’t get the best of starts, the launch was good and the second phase I got crazy wheel spin. The first lap was wild man, there were cars going everywhere, but I managed to stay out of trouble and we ran quite long into the race. When we pitted unfortunately we had a little drama on the left front tyre which cost us some time and we came out in a group we really shouldn’t have been in so I had to pass a few guys. With something like 15 to go a big clump of rubber fell out of the front bar and I ran over it which fired me off at Turn 2, I locked the front just trying to stay on the track, so that damaged the tyre and hindered the rest of our race. In the end, top 10, still collecting points, still moving closer to the guys we’re racing in the championship, so all in all not bad. And a great team result with Cam’s win today.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It’s such a rewarding result for the team. We all left last weekend pretty frustrated, but we regrouped and our engineering group worked really hard on finding a combination that would suit us better, and it’s safe to say we’ve taken a good step forward. It’s a great result and a great way to bounce back, but we know there’s more we can get out of all of our cars, so we’ll keep working at it and try to come out stronger tomorrow.”
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Tickford Racing Dunlop Super2 Series driver Zak Best (No. 78 Best Leisure Industries Ford Falcon FG X) had a wild Saturday at Townsville that started with his second consecutive front row start, but ended with one of the strangest podium finishes in his young career. Best was battling in third position on Lap 13 when he was hit in the rear by Car 27 at Turn 3, spinning out the 19-year old and triggering a pile up of cars behind him. While Best’s car avoided significant damage suffered by others, the ensuing red flag brought a premature end to Race 5. By rule, results are determined by the order on the previous lap, meaning Best retained his third place finish, and also retains second in the Super2 standings through five races.
Dunlop Super2 Series action resumes on Sunday with Race 6 qualifying at 11:30 a.m. AEST, followed by the 21-lap contest at 2:20 p.m.
No. 78 Best Leisure Industries Ford Falcon FG X
Practice 1: 1m16.27s, 10th
Race 5 Quali: 1m14.52s, 2nd
Race 5 Finish: 3rd
“Results-wise it was a good day, but there’s still plenty to work on for us. We didn’t get the lap we wanted in practice so going into quali we weren’t totally sure where we stood. Fortunately we were still pretty quick and ended up just a tenth off pole, which is a nice gain on last week. I got an okay start but not a great one, and then we struggled with race pace a bit, so I ended up in third and was just trying to get into a rhythm, then obviously I got tagged from behind and that started a melee behind us. We got a bit lucky that the car wasn’t too smashed up, and then the ruling that counted back to the previous lap meant we kept P3 which is good for points. All in all it was a good day, definitely could have been worse, so we’ll take it and see what we can do tomorrow.”
SUPERCARS DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Shane van Gisbergen – 1729 points
2) Jamie Whincup – 1490
3) Chaz Mostert – 1364
4) Cam Waters – 1361
9) James Courtney – 972
17) Jack Le Brocq – 814
SUPERCARS TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 3219
2) Dick Johnson Racing – 2451
3) Tickford Racing – 2333
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Broc Feeney – 678 points
2) Zak Best – 627
3) Jayden Ojeda – 624