TICKFORD RACING – GOLD COAST 600 FRIDAY REPORT
25 October, 2019
Saving the best for last on Friday afternoon, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) topped Practice 3 at the Gold Coast 600, ending the first day of on-track action with the fastest lap of the day.
After struggling for balance in the first two sessions of the day with co-driver Thomas Randle, Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) rebounded in Practice 3 with the fifth fastest lap of the session. The uptick in pace restored confidence in Holdsworth as he takes on his 200th career Supercars round start this weekend.
Chaz Mostert and co-driver James Moffat (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) posted the second quickest laps of the first two sessions of Friday, and after finishing Practice 3 sixth overall, are optimistic they can extract more from the Supercheap Auto Mustang ahead of tomorrow’s 102-lap race.
Brothers Will and Alex Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) found their car slightly off balance throughout Friday, and after finishing the day 12th in Practice 3, are focused on continuing to dial in their set up overnight.
The Gold Coast 600 continues Saturday with Race 26 qualifying at 9:40a.m. AEST. The top ten from quali will then contest a Top Ten Shootout at 11:30, ahead of the 300-kilometre Race 26 from 3:00 p.m.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m11.80s, 17th
Practice 2 (Randle): 1m12.35s, 20th
Practice 3: 1m10.18s, 5th
“It was a hard day because I think we were struggling with tyre quality for most of the day. We tried to give (Thomas) Randle as many laps as possible, which I think was a good thing, but I think he ran around on pretty ordinary rubber, but at least he’s done a lot of laps. For the third session, obviously we got onto better rubber, and we tuned the car up and ended up with a car that’s in a pretty good window. It still needs a bit of tuning, Sammy (Scaffidi, engineer) is working hard on it tonight, I’m sure Randle will be a lot happier with it tomorrow, but I think we’re in a pretty solid position.”
“It was really fun, a lot to learn in a short period of time. It was nice that Lee gave me a couple laps at the end of the first practice, and to have the full 30 minutes in the second practice was good. I don’t think our tyre life was the best, but there’s still a lot for me to learn, smashing those kerbs in The Bottle-O Mustang. But I think we found a good base for the car in the last practice with Lee and he got it in the top five. The next time I’ll be in the car will be the start of the race, so hopefully he can put it in the Shootout.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m11.11s, 6th
Practice 2 (Caruso): 1m11.32s, 7th
Practice 3: 1m09.95s, 1st
“It was pretty gnarly. So we started today (with) kind of old tyres, and we ran old tyres most of today. Put a good tyre on (in Practice 3), and there’s probably more in me, believing that the car’s going to do what it’s meant to do. There’s probably a little bit more in it, but obviously it’s great to be practice P1. Car’s comfortable to drive, and Caruse is doing an awesome job as well.”
On kerb hops:
“I haven’t actually triggered any (kerb strikes) yet, so maybe I need to try a bit harder and go a bit quicker through the kerbs. The car’s been really good through the kerbs, which kind of helps. I’ve had cars in the past here which haven’t been good over the kerbs, and obviously (it) gets you out of sync, and that’s when you get the kerb hops. We’ve been lucky to roll the car out as good as it has been, hopefully we can make it a little bit better.”
“The car’s good. We went through some planned changes in my session, which gave us a great direction and some knowledge to work on the car, not just for Cam’s session, but particularly with race set up. The car’s good on heavy tanks, and that’s what I need to focus on the race for tomorrow.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m10.85s, 2nd
Practice 2 (Moffat): 1m10.98s, 2nd
Practice 3: 1m10.29s, 6th
“It was a pretty good day for us, good to be in the top two in the first two sessions, and I didn’t quite get the lap together in Practice 3, but it is what it is. We didn’t do too much to the car today and the car had pace, so we’ll see what else we can pull from the Supercheap Auto wagon tonight and go again tomorrow.”
“Pretty solid day for us, we didn’t have to make any major changes to the setup and the speed was there, which is always a positive. Naturally we will work on a few things overnight to try and find a bit more speed and try again tomorrow. Nice job from the team also to have three cars in the top six after practice.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m11.78s, 16th
Practice 2 (A. Davison): 1m11.86s, 14th
Practice 3: 1m10.59s, 12th
“It was certainly not an easy day. I thought at the start of the last session we made good progress. We’ve certainly improved some things, but we didn’t quite get it together at the end when we needed to. Hopefully tomorrow when we’re all on new tyres it takes that question mark out of it, and I’m sure we should be pretty close.”
“Overall we probably would have liked to have gone a little better. I was struggling with balance a little bit in my session, just general car balance, and a little bit of a braking imbalance too. It sounds like we improved it a little for Will’s session. We still need to do some work, but we seemed to make a step forward. We’re not quite sure where we’re at heading into quali, which is never ideal, but I’ve got a feeling it’s not quite as bad as it looks.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“We ended the day in the right spot, so it’s a good start, but everyone feels there’s more speed to be found. We’re all trying little changes to make the car better, some have yielded improvements, some haven’t, but for the most part we seem to be pretty competitive across the board. Obviously with no practice tomorrow we’ll need to have the cars dialled in, so we’ll work on that tonight and see how we go in quali tomorrow.”