*THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT A POST RACE CHANGE IN RESULTS*
Following the conclusion of Race 9 on Saturday, second place finishing Car 1 was issued a time penalty for a pit speed violation. The penalty promoted Tickford Racing drivers Chaz Mostert and Mark Winterbottom one spot each in the official results.
TICKFORD RACING – PHILLIP ISLAND 500 SATURDAY REPORT
21 April, 2018
Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X) led the way for Tickford Racing on Saturday with a fifth place finish in Race 9 of the 2018 season from Phillip Island. After starting seventh, Mostert used late race stability in his Ford to regain a position lost during earlier pit stops, and another to move up one spot from his initial grid position, and gained another with Car 1’s penalty. The result for Mostert – his first race since turning 26 last week – elevates him to eighth in the championship and brings a needed boost following a frustrating weekend in Tasmania.
Frustrations continued though for Mark Winterbottom (No. 200 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X), who was knocked off track on Lap 1 and dropped several places, starting a recovery effort for the remainder of the race. The 2015 Supercars champion would finish 13th on the day while Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X) struggled with pace for most of the afternoon en route to a 16th place finish. Despite coming home 19th, Richie Stanaway (No. 56 MEGA Fuels/Tickford Ford Falcon FG X) was pleased to complete a mostly trouble-free race, his first since the 13-lap Race 6 at the Melbourne 400.
On track action resumes Sunday with Race 10 qualifying at 10:40a.m. AEST. The weekend finale Race 10 begins at 1:50 p.m., with another 57-lap, 250-kilometre hit out.
No. 200 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X
Race 9 Start: 11th, 1m30.51s
Race 9 Finish: 13th
“We struggled but the car got better as the stints went on, which is a little weird here, having people coming back to you, but we didn’t have the car quite good enough to race. When you got behind somebody it really took the aero away from the front, so it was a struggle to race guys. The first lap put me a lot further back than I should have been, but when you’re in the pack you want to have a crack. We just have to qualify better on these kinds of tracks and dictate our own real estate. Tough day, frustrating.
On Lap 1 incident with Car 33 at Hayshed: “I just got squeezed off the track, really. I couldn’t see him, but at the same time I’ve run two-wide through there, I ran two-wide with (Fabian) Coulthard later. It’s doable, but you remember the people who do stuff to you. If you’re in the same position you know not to lift for him, and when you’re with someone like Coulthard who respects you, you try to pay the same amount of respect. I shouldn’t be back there, we should be further up, that’s the story for us.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X
Race 9 Start: 9th, 1m30.44s
Race 9 Finish: 16th
“The start was good, I was able to race a little early on and the car was okay. Then I had really bad tyre degradation, and we just couldn’t find pace no matter what we did, new tyres, anything else the rest of the race. We’re a bit confused, not entirely sure if the balance is out or something was broken, but the team is already looking over it. We’ll catch up tonight and hash it out, and come out tomorrow looking for a better day.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X
Race 9 Start: 7th, 1m30.32s
Race 9 Finish: 5th
“It was good to get (fifth) and close to the (front). For some reason our car got better as the stints went on. I think it just helped me to turn, and then I was able to manage the car from there. A lack of turn is the thing we need to try to fix to go better again tomorrow, but in saying that, I think overall it’s a good result for the team. We needed something, a bit of a morale boost, so to get (fifth) after Tasmania is a positive. No doubt my teammates will look at our stuff and see if they had fast cars, and we’ll see if we can make ours a little bit better for tomorrow. For some reason we lost quite a bit of time in pit lane, but everything went to procedure, so we’re not too sure where the time was lost. We’ll need to look into it, it probably cost us a shot at the top (four).”
No. 56 MEGA Fuels/Tickford Ford Falcon FG X
Race 9 Start: 18th, 1m30.83s
Race 9 Finish: 19th
“It’s good to just have a clean race, no dramas aside from the excursion with (James) Courtney, which was unfortunate, it cost us a spot. I had good pace in the car at that point and was looking to go forward, but it was good for my confidence to have my teammates in sight. Obviously it’s not a great position to finish, but it’s encouraging for me, being in the same car, same team. The new seat was a lot better for my comfort. 250 kilometres is a long time to be in the car, so it’s pretty important to be comfortable, which I was. Still a few small changes to make, but I got through it. It was the first time all year I could just concentrate on what I was doing, which was good. It’s good to get a normal, fairly clean race on the board, and we’ll look for a better one tomorrow.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“We found a little direction today, which is encouraging for the team. There’s still plenty of work to be done but for the most part we’re reasonably happy with the pace of the cars and the gains we’ve made. We were on the short end of a couple small incidents today, but I think we’re confident in where we’re going with setups. Track position is key, so qualifying will be of huge importance tomorrow. If we can start further up the grid I think we’ll be in for a much more positive Sunday.”
1) Scott McLaughlin – 797 points
2) David Reynolds – 749
3) Shane van Gisbergen – 747
8) Chaz Mostert – 605
13) Mark Winterbottom – 527
14) Cameron Waters – 481
26) Richie Stanaway – 182
1) Triple Eight Engineering – 1468 points
2) Walkinshaw Andretti United – 1351
3) DJR-Team Penske – 1339
4) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 1132
11) Tickford Racing (6/56) – 633