TICKFORD RACING – IPSWICH SUPERSPRINT SUNDAY REPORT
22 July, 2018
Queensland native Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X) came through for his home crowd on Sunday, scoring a much needed third place finish in Race 20 of the Ipswich SuperSprint. It is the 26-year old’s 38th career podium and first of 2018, snapping the longest podium drought of his career at 24 races. Remarkably, Mostert has now visited the podium in each of his six career appearances at Ipswich, today’s result being his ninth podium at the 3.12-kilometre circuit.

The remainder of Tickford Racing’s quartet endured more trying afternoons, as Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X) finished 15th, with Richie Stanaway (No. 56 RABBLE.club Ford Falcon FG X) dropping to 18th after a season best tenth in qualifying.

Mark Winterbottom’s (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X) day was essentially over on Lap 1, when the 2015 champion was spun by another car at Turn 4, inflicting severe damage to the car’s left rear corner. A lengthy pit stop to fix the damages cost “Frosty” four laps, and with the lack of safety cars or major problems to competitors, finished 26th of 27 cars.

The next round of the Supercars Championship is the pivotal Sydney SuperNight at Sydney Motorsport Park. New for 2018, the championship’s stop in the New South Wales capital will feature a single, 300-kilometre night race worth 300 points to win. It will be the first night time race on Australian soil since 1997 at Calder Park. On-track action begins with night practice on Friday, August 3, and Race 21 of the Supercars season at approximately 7:30 p.m. AEST on Saturday, August 4.


DRIVERS’ VIEW

No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X
Mark Winterbottom
Race 20 Quali: 1m08.98s, 15th
Race 20 Finish: 26th

“It’s frustrating because you want to actually come away from the race knowing what kind of car you had. If we got turned around and didn’t have damage we could drive and understand what the car is doing, but we made a lot of changes for the race that I thought should have worked. It was a lot like Car 55, he’s clearly had good pace, but the hit on the first lap knocked the roll bar clean off the joint, so I ran around with no rear roll bar, and broke the left rear shock absorber. We come away with nothing, that’s the hard part, just drove around with no roll bar, so we can’t come away and say that change was good or bad, which is disappointing. The only thing we could do different is qualify at the front. At least the team got a result, we have access to all those bits, all that data, and in two weeks’ time we go again.

On Lap 1 incident: “I just got hit. It looks like (James) Courtney got hit by (Scott) Pye, but the closing speed was massive, the way he hit me. What could you do different? Qualify away from them, that’s all I can do different. It was a big hit, it knocked the car off the ground and broke a rear roll bar and rear shock. I haven’t broken that before, so it was a big hit, right in the wheel. No one’s come and said their side of the story, just got hit and that’s it.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X
Cameron Waters
Race 20 Quali: 1m08.98s, 14th
Race 20 Finish: 15th

“Obviously we didn’t qualify that well, but we changed quite a lot on the car. Today the car felt much better, I just had to maximise the lap a little bit better in qualifying, it was so much different. In the race the car felt quite good, it’s just difficult when you qualify that far back there. We decided to do something a little bit different with strategy, and it got us back 15th. We had pace to be in the top ten, I thought, which is promising, we just need to knuckle down now and work out what we need for Sydney to come out swinging there.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X
Chaz Mostert
Race 20 Quali: 1m08.60s, 3rd
Race 20 Finish: 3rd

“I’m absolutely ecstatic with third today. Yesterday to get a sixth, it just means we didn’t like it yesterday, that we purely had some car pace this weekend. It’s a good confidence boost for our team, we’re obviously in a really tough year, and I think this result today can build some good team morale and move on to the next event. I don’t want to talk too much into it, ‘is the car quick enough to keep getting these results?’ only results will speak for that. So next round (we’ll) keep the same mindset, keep trying to work on our car. I think today there were some things we definitely could have worked on. These guys (Shane van Gisbergen and Scott McLaughlin) were really quick out there, we had some strengths to them, but we also had some weaknesses. It’s just nice to be close to enough to these guys to actually see what those are.”

No. 56 RABBLE.club Ford Falcon FG X
Richie Stanaway
Race 20 Quali: 1m08.86s, 10th
Race 20 Finish: 18th

“It was great to have a solid quali run and start tenth, but that was the best part of our day. I got knocked around a bit in the first few laps, and overall we just couldn’t put the race together. Our strategy didn’t play out how we wanted, and I got caught in traffic at the important laps which really hurt us, but we didn’t have great race pace anyway. It’s frustrating after qualifying well, but we’ll go back this week and try to learn why we were off today. It’s still an improvement from most other rounds this year, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do to keep moving forward.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It was a tough day for three of our cars, but the whole team is thrilled for Chaz to bring home a podium. He drove a great race today and fought off some tremendous pressure at the end to hold on to it. We’re not all the way there yet, but I think this weekend has validated the progress and the work that the team have been putting in back at the workshop. There’s still work to be done, but it’s great to cap the weekend with a trophy, the team have desperately needed a result like that.”

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 2321 points
2) Shane van Gisbergen – 2190
3) Jamie Whincup – 1870
8) Chaz Mostert – 1517
14) Mark Winterbottom – 1244
17) Cameron Waters – 1072
23) Richie Stanaway – 713

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Triple Eight Engineering – 4060
2) DJR-Team Penske – 3973
3) Walkinshaw Andretti United – 2815
4) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 2761
11) Tickford Racing (6/56) – 1755