17 June, 2018

Though displaying improved form from a disappointing Saturday, Tickford Racing could only muster a best finish of 12th on Sunday at the Darwin Triple Crown, the team’s second such result in two days, this one from the hands of Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X).

Mostert was pleased to find better pace from his Supercheap Auto Ford compared to Saturday, but could not advance further up the order after starting 13th on the day. Teammate Mark Winterbottom (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X) turned a 24th place starting position into a 13th place finish, on the heels of Mostert, advancing more places than any other driver on the day.

Kiwi Richie Stanaway (No. 55 RABBLE.club Ford Falcon FG X) struggled with similar pace gremlins as Saturday, as the 26-year old managed a 19th place finish to cap his first visit to Darwin since 2009. Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X) saw his race come to a premature end on Lap 54, when a slowly progressing mechanical drama came to a head, and his No. 6 Ford expired on the pit straight under safety car conditions.

The frustrating day concludes the seventh round of the 2018 Supercars season. Tickford Racing resumes action in three weeks with at the Townsville 400, July 6-8.

No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X
Mark Winterbottom
Race 16 Quali: 24th, 1m06.21s
Race 16 Finish: 13th

“There were some positives to the day. I got a good start, and we had a pretty clean race, really. I just couldn’t follow cars very well. I really struggled behind them, with tyre temps and stuff, but it looks like some of our other cars were better in that area, so we can go back now, analyse that data and come back stronger for Townsville. Townsville’s a better track for us in terms of the layout. Tough weekend, I don’t think I’ve ever qualified 24th before, so that was a new stat. It was nice to almost get in the top ten, race forward and race clean, so we’ll keep trying.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X
Cameron Waters
Race 16 Quali: 16th, 1m06.11s
Race 16 Finish: DNF

“I got a really good start, made up a few positions, and we were going pretty well for the first half of the race. Then a little past halfway the engine started changing note, slowly got worse, and it just expired under the safety car. We were hoping it’d make it to the finish but we knew that was unlikely. It’s still really frustrating because we could have had a decent result again today, just a bad way to end the weekend, but we’ll get it fixed up and go for a better one in Townsville.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X
Chaz Mostert
Race 16 Quali: 13th, 1m05.93s
Race 16 Finish: 12th

“Twelfth’s not a bad result. We changed the car a lot this weekend, and the balance has completely changed for us. We’re chasing completely opposite needs than the rest of the year has been for us, so for me it’s a good direction to keep going on. We didn’t quite get the results I was hoping for this weekend. It was super tight in quali. This track, with the temperatures and stuff like that, we generally struggle a little bit with power compared to some of the other rounds, but I’m excited to get back to the workshop and break down all the data. We’ll get Adam (DeBorre) on the job, and no doubt we’ll roll out with a bit more of an aggressive car at Townsville, so we’ll see if we can make some gains by the time we get there.”

No. 56 RABBLE.club Ford Falcon FG X
Richie Stanaway
Race 16 Quali: 26th, 1m06.46s
Race 16 Finish: 19th

“It was another tough day for us, we made some changes with the car to try and find some pace but it was a lot of the same today as yesterday which is frustrating. I couldn’t really be as aggressive as I wanted or push as hard as I needed to race for position like I wanted to. We’ll go back to the shop and try to make the car better. I’m looking forward a bit more to Townsville, I’ve never raced there but feel like we’ll have a decent package there, so we’ll see how we go.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“I think we improved from yesterday, which of course is a plus, but we’re still well off where we need to be. We tried a lot of different things this round and found out what did and didn’t work, so hopefully we have a good baseline to work from the rest of the year. Times are tough right now but we’re not giving up. We’ll get back and see what we can improve upon and sort it out to have a good run in Townsville.”

1) Scott McLaughlin – 1775 points
2) Shane van Gisbergen – 1614
3) David Reynolds – 1448
9) Chaz Mostert – 1109
14) Mark Winterbottom – 1001
18) Cameron Waters – 799
25) Richie Stanaway – 512

1) DJR-Team Penske – 3004 points
2) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 2956
3) Walkinshaw Andretti United – 2383
6) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 2175
11) Tickford Racing (6/56) – 1281