TICKFORD RACING – WINTON SUPERSPRINT SATURDAY REPORT

19 May, 2018
Friday’s promise at Winton Motor Raceway was met with disappointment on Saturday, as Mark Winterbottom (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X) led the team home in Race 13 with a tenth place finish.

Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X) was one of the last cars to pit under green flag conditions, but the fresh rubber came of little help as the Queenslander only managed a 14th place finish. Richie Stanaway’s (No. 56 MEGA Fuels/Tickford Ford Falcon FG X) season best 12th starting position was thwarted with contact from other cars on Laps 1 and 39, which relegated him to a 22nd place finish at the chequered flag.

The day was no better for Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X), who suffered a broken rear axle on Lap 28, just two laps from classification, marking his first DNF of 2018.

Sunday’s action from Winton begins with Race 14 qualifying at 10:25 a.m. AEST, followed by Race 14 (67 laps) at 1:45 p.m.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X
Mark Winterbottom
Race 13 Quali: 1m19.50s, 7th
Race 13 Finish: 10th

“We were just not quick enough today. We tried our best, but we’ve been stuck on the same issues the whole weekend. The engineers are really working hard to try and fix it, but in that race we just struggled for pace. We’re pressing on, but we didn’t have the best pace and we had some tyre degradation as well. Our strategy was good, we were quite clean on track, nothing really happened, but it comes down to pace, so we’ll try to fix it up and go again. It’s a little bit deflating, going back a little bit, but we’ve got another day, three new sets of tyres, and we’ll go again.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X
Cameron Waters
Race 13 Quali: 1m19.58s, 16th
Race 13 Finish: DNF

“It definitely wasn’t a good day for us. We’ve been chasing the car a bit and ended up down the order in quali. The race was going all right, not bad, but not great. I think we were on to finish around where we started, then I lost drive out of nowhere. Apparently the whole rear axle snapped, which was strange. I don’t think we’ve ever had that happen. Unfortunately that meant we get a DNF and no points, and it’s extra work for the boys tonight which is the last thing they need right now. But they’re a great group so we’ll get the Monster Energy car fixed up tonight and hopefully have our pace sorted by tomorrow.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X
Chaz Mostert
Race 13 Quali: 1m19.60s, 16th
Race 13 Finish: 14th

“It was a tough day for the whole team, especially after what was a pretty good day yesterday. I made a couple of small errors in quali that hurt us a bit, but unfortunately we didn’t have a car to really contend today. We were confident we had a better idea of what we needed from the car, but we’re scratching our heads again and it’s just frustrating because the boys have put in so much work. Obviously we still have plenty of work to do, but that said tomorrow’s a new day, so we’ll see what we can figure out tonight and try to recapture some of the pace we had and make it a better Sunday.”

No. 56 MEGA Fuels/Tickford Ford Falcon FG X
Richie Stanaway
Race 13 Quali: 1m19.55s, 12th
Race 13 Finish: 22nd

“It was nice to have a good starting position, I finally felt like I could race a little bit going into today, but I just got taken out at the start. I still don’t know what happened there, but it cut a tyre which put us at the back of the field and way behind everyone else. It became a boring race, to be honest, just turning laps with no one to race. We got lucky with the Safety Car and got back in it a bit, we got to pit and made up some ground after the restart. I was coming through the field, but then tangled with another car and went off which sent us back to last again. Just not an ideal day.”

Regarding post-race statements from the driver of Car 2:
“So far as I saw I was faster when I was in front of him, and once he got within 100 metres of me I let him go. If he wants to complain about it I’ll go to a music store, buy a violin, and play a sad song for him.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It was a difficult day all around for the team. We had some momentum from yesterday but couldn’t get it to carry over into today. We’re just a small chunk off but in this series a few tenths puts you at the back.  What happened with Cam was especially puzzling. We’ve been running this Car of the Future for six years now, and we’ve never had an axle split in half like that. Unfortunately it just adds to the workload for the team, but they’re a strong group. We’ve got our work cut out for us, but we’ll come back and look for a rebound on Sunday.”

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 1358 points
2) Shane van Gisbergen – 1218
3) Craig Lowndes – 1119
9) Chaz Mostert – 908
12) Mark Winterbottom – 845
17) Cameron Waters – 703
26) Richie Stanaway – 347

TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIP
1) DJR-Team Penske – 2287 points
2) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 2251
3) Walkinshaw Andretti United – 1960
4) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 1753
11) Tickford Racing (6/56) – 1020