TICKFORD RACING – TASMANIA SUPERSPRINT FRIDAY REPORT
6 April, 2018
On a chilly Friday at Symmons Plains Raceway, Tickford Racing encountered a mild afternoon of practice running for the Tasmania SuperSprint, where the four car team looked to dial in race and qualifying setups over 90 minutes of practice time ahead of a busy Saturday and Sunday. Mark Winterbottom (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X) led the quartet, finishing seventh in both practice sessions.
The new qualifying format implemented this weekend will feature round qualifying where the ten fastest practice times will advance into Q2, meaning Winterbottom advances, while Cameron Waters (No.6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X), Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X) and Richie Stanaway (No. 56 MEGA Fuels/Tickford Ford Falcon FG X) will look to advance from Q1 in Saturday’s qualifying sessions.
Cars return to track Saturday at 11:05 a.m. AEST for a 20-minute practice session, before the rapid-fire qualifying sessions begin at 12:55 p.m.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X
“It was all right. We were productive, got through a few things. Each session we were in the top ten, which was nice, and we saved a set of tyres for qualifying tomorrow. We know the areas we need to tune it up and make it better. Hopefully we get on top of it overnight, roll out tomorrow and fix the dramas. A pretty good day, I think in Adelaide we had good pace, and the Grand Prix was not good, but we’ve sort of found ourselves again. It feels better when you’re in the ten, so today was pretty good.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X
“It was an okay day for us. We probably didn’t roll out as quick as we wanted, but we made some pretty big gains between Practice 1 & 2. We narrowly missed the top ten in Practice 2 which is kind of frustrating, but there’s really nothing in it, we were four hundredths of a second from tenth so we know we’re close. We’ll try to find a bit more and I think we’ll be happy.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X
“It was a tough day, we’re a bit down the order tonight, which makes it a bit crap for us in qualifying. We’ll probably have to use another set of tyres to make it towards the pointy end. I think we definitely made the car better in some areas today, but we really struggled with getting it to turn, so I’m looking forward to giving the car another crack tomorrow. Looking at some of the data, we know where we have to improve, so it’s not all doom and gloom, we just didn’t finish Friday the way we wanted to.”
No. 56 MEGA Fuels/Tickford Ford Falcon FG X
“We obviously made some big gains between the sessions, and having not driven this place in a V8 before it’s nice to see that improvement. It’s a tricky little circuit, just getting a feel for the car placement and such, so I got a lot more comfortable in the second session. We’re struggling a little bit with the balance, and it’s a track where if you’re not perfectly balanced you bleed a lot of time out. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’ll just try and improve for tomorrow.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“The speed isn’t where we want it to be, obviously you’d like to see your cars further up the time sheets, but we’re not far off where we want to be. It’s a short track so the field is very compressed, but we know what we need to do to improve our cars, so we’ll make the necessary adjustments overnight and see if we can’t move our cars forward tomorrow.”
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Thomas Randle got off to an encouraging start in Dunlop Super2 practice Friday morning, posting the fifth fastest lap overall. The rookie was 17th in Practice 2 after his qualifying simulation run was cut short by a red flag, but Randle feels confident in the No.5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X, which he drove for the first time on Friday while the chassis he raced in Adelaide continues repairs from its incident in Race 1 at the season opener.
No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X
“It was a pretty great day I think, just good to be back in the car. It’s tough to know where we stand on green tyres just purely because we didn’t get a run on them because of timing and the red flag, but we’ve got a pretty strong car on old tyres. I still have a lot to learn, it’s my first time at this circuit, but I think myself and the car are getting to grips pretty well, and the Skye Sands Falcon is going well. We’ll see what tomorrow brings when we’re all out there on fresh rubber.”