TICKFORD RACING – GOLD COAST 600 SUNDAY REPORT

Tickford Racing didn’t get the opportunity to repeat as winners on the Gold Coast on Sunday, but exit the 14th round of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars season as the lone race winners across the final Enduro Cup event of the year.

Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X) and Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X) both qualified for the day’s Top Ten Shootout, with Mostert qualifying second in his one-lap effort.

Race 27 was halted after 37 laps due to torrential rain, resumed under the Safety Car, stopped again on Lap 42 and was declared abandoned with no points being awarded. Mostert’s co-driver James Moffat led a race-high 20 laps prior to the race’s abandonment.

There is little rest for Supercars teams as the Auckland SuperSprint is just two weeks away at Pukekohe Park Raceway. On-track action begins Friday, 2 November and includes Races 28 and 29 of the championship across Saturday and Sunday.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X
Race 27 Quali: 1m11.01s, 14th
Top Ten Shootout: n/a
Mark Winterbottom

“It was pretty dangerous, but it was probably the right decision not to race, otherwise there would have been a bit of a crash, so they got the right decision. My car, in the wet, is quite strong, and I was looking forward to it raining. We should have started further up today, but we had kerb strikes in quali which was a bit of a mess up. We would have comfortably been in the top ten easy. I didn’t get a crack in the dry to see what the race car was like, but at least our cars are straight. We’ve got a four day turnaround so if you crash in those conditions, the boys work non-stop all week, so it’s the right call.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X
Race 27 Quali: 1m10.98s, 10th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m11.07s, 7th  

Cameron Waters
“It was good to make the Top Ten Shootout, and D-Russ was doing a pretty good job on the start and what not. Obviously he got caught up trying to avoid an accident, but he did a really good job in this Enduro campaign, so thanks to him. It’s a pity about the rain, the car felt pretty good so it’s a shame.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X
Race 27 Quali: 1m10.74s, 5th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m10.71s, 2nd

Chaz Mostert
“Overall it was a pretty positive weekend for us. To get the win yesterday in the dry was pretty special, it was a good team effort, and today was tracking along pretty well until it got wet as well. Overall I’m pretty happy with the weekend, and I’m looking forward to the next one.”

No. 56 RABBLE.club Ford Falcon FG X
Race 27 Quali: 1m11.52s, 23rd
Top Ten Shootout: n/a

Richie Stanaway
“Obviously we’ve got a good car in the wet, so I was keen to go for it. But it’s obviously dangerous, especially down the front straight on the restarts. It’s a little bit frustrating the way the weekend went, but it’s just the way it is.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“There’s not a whole lot to talk about today, but on the whole the weekend was a success. There was one race this weekend and we won it, so we have that to be happy with and work to roll that momentum on to Pukekohe.”

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 3368 points
2) Shane van Gisbergen – 3354
3) Jamie Whincup – 2935
6) Chaz Mostert – 2438
13) Mark Winterbottom – 1874
16) Cameron Waters – 1582
25) Richie Stanaway – 1043

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Triple Eight Engineering – 6259 points
2) DJR-Team Penske – 5722
3) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 4312
11) Tickford Racing (6/56) – 2545