Last week’s Sydney SuperNight 300 was received as one of the top events of the year. Under the lights for the first time in seven years, 300 kilometres, and 300 points on offer in front of a great crowd, Round 10 of the 2018 Supercars season provided a show for fans and teams alike in prime time. Check out our crash course and gallery from Race 21 of the year below.
We came out of the gates strong on Friday, as Chaz Mostert and Mark Winterbottom placed first and third in the opening practice session of the weekend. Being team’s only chance to run under the lights prior to the race, the session was important in not just making sure the lights worked, but getting a feel for the car in the cooler night time conditions. The pair’s practice times were also important, as Supercars also used its new knockout qualifying format implemented at Tasmania and Perth earlier this year. Thanks to their Friday night times, Chaz and Frosty ended up advancing to Q2, saving an important set of Dunlop SuperSoft tyres from use in Q1.
Superb night for Supercheap Auto Racing
Mostert and the Supercheap Auto Racing crew were able to largely replicate that pace on Saturday. Despite race engineer Adam DeBorre terming their changes as “too aggressive” from Friday to Saturday, Mostert qualified seventh and finished fifth in the 77-lap contest. It was his eighth top five of 2018, and fourth consecutive top six finish dating back to Townsville, which has seen the 26-old rise from tenth in the championship to seventh heading out of Sydney.
It was a less pleasant night for our remaining three cars, as Winterbottom (15th), Cameron Waters (19th), and Richie Stanaway (21st) faced a number of challenges on the night which made for disappointing results. However all drivers, and we presume fans, were thrilled by the spectacle of night racing, and were happy to be a part of it.
Climbing the teams’ ladder
Our struggle through the first half of 2018 has been widely noted and discussed throughout the year, and while results aren’t consistently where we want them to be, the team’s efforts are beginning to show signs of paying off. Along with Mostert’s improved results of the past month and change, the Tickford Racing entered team of Chaz and Frosty is now third in the teams championship, in which teams are made up of two or fewer cars each.
What’s Next: The Bend SuperSprint
Supercars next heads to Tailem Bend in South Australia for the inaugural The Bend SuperSprint at The Bend Motorsport Park. Constructed over the past couple of years, The Bend is the first permanent motor racing track in Australia to be built in the 21st century, the last being Queensland Raceway, which was completed in 1999. Races 22 and 23 of the season will be contested over the August 25-26 weekend in South Australia.
Can’t make it to the race? Come by our race centre on Saturday, August 25 where you can watch the race with us! Food and beverage are available, and our race centre merchandise shop will also be open, where fans will have their first chance to buy our Endurance Series merchandise ahead of the Enduro Cup beginning next month. Find more details on the Facebook Event page.