21 July, 2018

An up and down Saturday for Tickford Racing saw Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X) lead the team home with a sixth place finish in Race 19 from the Ipswich SuperSprint. Mostert had qualified second earlier in the afternoon, but was penalised three grid positions for impeding another car’s qualifying run. He was also involved in Lap 2 skirmish that cost him three spots. Being the first car to make a pit stop, Mostert ran the final 32 laps of the 39-lap race attempting to hold back the hard charging competition, falling from effectively second place to sixth at the chequered flag.

Rookie Richie Stanaway (No. 56 RABBLE.club Ford Falcon FG X) also used strategy to his advantage to secure his second best finish of the season. Having qualified 14th, the Kiwi was shuffled back as far as 17th, but his Lap 16 pit stop and subsequent pace helped him to a 12th place finish in his first Supercars race at Queensland Raceway.

Race 19 was less kind to Mark Winterbottom (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X) and Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X), who both started and finished down the order on a difficult Saturday, Winterbottom 20th at the chequered flag and Waters 22nd.

Supercars action resumes Sunday with Race 20 qualifying at 10:40 a.m. AEST. Sunday’s race – at 65 laps and 200 kilometres – begins at 2:05 p.m.

No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X
Mark Winterbottom
Practice 3: 1m09.65s, 20th
Race 19 Quali: 1m09.26s, 20th
Race 19 Finish: 20th

“We had a few issues in qualifying that cost us a lot of grid spots, and it was kind of a nothing race, everyone just goes nose to tail. On our own, our pace was reasonable, but as soon as you get behind the other cars again, you get aero-wash and it gets very hard to pass. Our biggest drama was quali, it put us out of sequence for the race. In the race, on our own our pace was reasonable, but it was very hard to race. I feel more confident we can put the car in better position in qualifying tomorrow, it felt a lot better in the race. We’ve just got to tidy up a few little issues we’ve got and start in a better spot, and with our pace, we’ll race from there.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X
Cameron Waters
Practice 3: 1m09.81s, 23rd
Race 19 Quali: 1m09.28s, 21st
Race 19 Finish: 22nd

“It was a really tough day for us. I was pretty confident about the car going into today, but we missed the setup in quali and found ourselves down the order. I spent most of the race in traffic, but we just didn’t have the car speed to pass anyone. I was hoping to make some moves on fresh tyres, but ended up damaging one early in the second stint, and our race was pretty much done. It’s frustrating, but we’ll look over everything tonight and make some changes for tomorrow.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X
Chaz Mostert
Practice 3: 1m09.34s, 9th
Race 19 Quali: 1m08.67s, 2nd (penalised three grid spots for impeding another driver)
Race 19 Finish: 6th

“I didn’t get a great start, it was okay, but from then it was just trying to survive for a bit. It’s always one of those things, when you’re not in the first two rows, if you’re trying to pass a guy who’s trying to pass another guy it’s risky, and I made a bit of a wrong decision at the last corner and allowed (Car 1) to get in there. I really struggled for pace at the start, just getting the tyres to go, and the balance behind other cars, but the ultimate aggressive strategy helped us out. I never like finishing a race on the back foot, where I have worse tyres than anyone else, but we pitted ninth and we finished sixth, so at the end of the day, the result shows that the car wasn’t too bad. There are definitely some things I want to change for tomorrow, but overall, I’m pretty reasonably happy.”

On the incident that led to his grid penalty: “I just really struggled to see his (Shane van Gisbergen’s) headlights. Once I knew he was there I got as far out of the way as I could, but after seeing the vision of it, I’m not surprised there was a penalty from it. I’ve seen worse, and it wasn’t intentional, but it is what it is.”

No. 56 RABBLE.club Ford Falcon FG X
Richie Stanaway
Practice 3: 1m09.31s, 8th
Race 19 Quali: 1m09.10s, 14th
Race 19 Finish: 12th

“It was just a solid race, really. The strategy worked out well for us, we stopped on a good lap and had free air, and didn’t get held up by anyone on the out laps or in laps or anything. It was a good, free flowing mid-section of the race, which allowed me to make up a couple spots. We just need to try and qualify better tomorrow, that will really help us if we can.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It was a bit disappointing after the way we ended Friday, but we’re reasonably happy with the results from Chaz and Richie. Both those guys drove great and their teams made great calls on strategy, and earned a pair of solid finishes. It was especially well done by Chaz, having a front row start taken away, then getting knocked around in the first couple laps, it was a very resilient drive to get back up to P6. It was tough luck for Mark and Cam, but on the whole I think we’ve got some good things going, we just need to tune it up and put together a complete day on Sunday.”

1) Scott McLaughlin – 2183 points
2) Shane van Gisbergen – 2040
3) Jamie Whincup – 1750
9) Chaz Mostert – 1388
14) Mark Winterbottom – 1217
17) Cameron Waters – 1012
23) Richie Stanaway – 662

1) Triple Eight Engineering – 3790 points
2) DJR-Team Penske – 3724
3) Walkinshaw Andretti United – 2767
5) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 2605
11) Tickford Racing (6/56) – 1644