TICKFORD RACING – AUCKLAND SATURDAY REPORT

Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X) has found the podium for the second consecutive completed race, finishing third in Race 28 on Saturday at Pukekohe Park Raceway. The result is Mostert’s third podium of 2018, as the 26-year old retains sixth in the series championship exiting Saturday.

Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X) qualified eighth for Race 28, his fourth consecutive qualifying effort inside the ten. The 24-year old finished the day seventh, his eighth top ten finish of the season.

A qualifying session with mixed weather hurt Mark Winterbottom (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X), who ended the session 14th, and found little gain in an alternate strategy which saw him finish 13th on Saturday.

Rookie Richie Stanaway’s encouraging 12th place effort in Race 28 qualifying was unfortunately ruined when he was given a pit lane penalty for his involvement in a Lap 8 incident that brought out the race’s lone Safety Car. The Kiwi ultimately finished 23rd in his first Supercars race in New Zealand.

Another 200 kilometres stand ahead of the Supercars field on Sunday. Race 29, which begins at 4:10 p.m. NZDT, will be preceded by qualifying at 11:05 a.m., and a Top Ten Shootout at 1:55 p.m.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X
Mark Winterbottom
Practice 3: 1m10.91s, 9th
Race 28 Quali: 1m03.19s, 14th
Race 28 Finish: 13th

“Our car wasn’t as good today as it was yesterday, we just couldn’t find the speed we needed today. We probably should have started further up, the first lap was pretty crazy and we came in to get off strategy and try to make some gains in clear air. It didn’t really fall our way because of the early Safety Car, we picked up a spot but still finished mid pack which is frustrating. Hopefully we’ll come up with something tonight, obviously Chaz and Cam had a good run so hopefully we’ll be up there fighting tomorrow.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X
Cameron Waters
Practice 3: 1m11.04s, 13th
Race 28 Quali: 1m03.05s, 8th
Race 28 Finish: 7th

“It was good to qualify in the top ten in a little bit of a mixed session. We could have probably been in the top six if qualifying went a bit better. In the race, it was obviously good to pick up a spot, but in a similar case I think we had pace for probably a top six, maybe a fifth. It’s nice to have a little more of a consistent platform and having the car doing what you want it to do. We’ll keep chipping away at it, and I’m excited for tomorrow.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X
Chaz Mostert
Practice 3: 1m10.35s, 1st
Race 28 Quali: 1m02.93s, 4th
Race 28 Finish: 3rd

“This weekend, it was good to qualify at the pointy end (today). We even had a real big swing at the car from qualifying to the race, so it’s a credit to Adam (De Borre) this late in the season. Of course we’re not in championship contention, so we just have a swing at things and see what we can learn for next year. Some positives, some negatives, I felt like we probably had the third or fourth best car there today. These guys (Shane van Gisbergen and Scott McLaughlin) were in a bit of a league of their own, and credit to them, they drove the wheels off those things towards the end…We’ve still got some work to do.”

No. 56 RABBLE.club Ford Falcon FG X:
Richie Stanaway
Practice 3: 1m10.74s, 7th
Race 28 Quali: 1m03.16s, 12th
Race 28 Finish: 23rd

“It’s really disappointing, obviously the drive through ruined any chance of a result for us. I don’t think I was in the wrong, Lee (Holdsworth) braked in front of me and I was just following through so I couldn’t go anywhere. But nothing we can do about it, the car was reasonable and obviously we qualified decently so hopefully we can have a good one tomorrow.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It’s good to back up a strong Friday and get another trophy on Saturday. A few things could have gone better, but you usually say that in a race like we had today. We have a little more to gain out of the cars, so we’ll work to unlock that overnight and see if we can have another strong day on Sunday.”

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 3506 points
2) Shane van Gisbergen – 3504
3) Jamie Whincup – 3046
6) Chaz Mostert – 2567
13) Mark Winterbottom – 1940
16) Cameron Waters – 1678
25) Richie Stanaway – 1079

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 6520 points
2) DJR Team Penske – 5860
3) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 4507
11) Tickford Racing (6/56) – 2677