With Round 7 of the 2018 Supercars season in the books, we look back on the Darwin Triple Crown. Darwin was another frustrating round as far as the results go, but several developments off the bitumen have the team looking forward to the immediate future in our quest for less tenths on the race track and more trophies in the workshop. Check out our crash course from the weekend and gallery below.
RABBLE.club Racing debuts
On Thursday of the event, the team unveiled RABBLE.club as the new naming rights sponsor of Richie Stanaway’s No. 56 Ford Falcon FG X. Stanaway will carry the true blue colours on his Ford for the remainder of 2018, as RABBLE.club, the world’s first digital health & wellness club, looks to plant itself firmly in the health data market.
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Test observations lead to exploratory adjustments
At our test at Winton on June 5, we experimented with a wide range of changes aimed at improving our cars’ pace and sustainability through long and short runs on track. The lessons learned from the test led us to bring a large assortment of setup combinations to Darwin, which we used to further evaluate those test observations over the race weekend.
Answers coming clearer
Though the weekend did not produce the results typical of Tickford Racing in recent years, light was shed on a number of puzzling attributes of our race cars which had hampered results in several previous races in 2018. “We’re chasing completely opposite needs than the rest of the year has been for us,” Chaz Mostert said after finishing 12th on Sunday, “so for me it’s a good direction to keep going on.”
Between our test at Winton in early June and last weekend’s event, we’ve learned plenty about what has hurt our cars in the first half of 2018. We’ll spent the next couple weeks working to fix those issues and plan for a stronger second half of the season.
What’s next: Townsville 400
Off the back of Darwin is another warm weather event as we head back to the streets at the Townsville 400. It will be the tenth time Supercars have rattled the fences of the 2.86-km street circuit in Queensland, where we have claimed six poles and four wins. Sharing characteristics with circuits where the team has had relatively stronger pace in 2018, we’re optimistic for a better outing in Round 8 early next month.