TICKFORD RACING – WINTON SUPERSPRINT SUNDAY REPORT
20 May, 2018
While three of Tickford Racing’s Fords struggled with various issues on Sunday at the Winton SuperSprint, MEGA Fuels/Tickford driver Richie Stanaway (No. 56 Ford Falcon FG X) took advantage of a tenth place starting position and a clean race to take the chequered flag ninth. It was the first top ten of the Kiwi’s main game career, and first since the Saturday race at Gold Coast in 2017 when, he was co-driving with Cameron Waters.

It was déjà vu for Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X), who after suffering broken axle in Race 13 on Saturday, had the exact same issue occur on the Sunday formation lap. Coming straight to pit lane at the start, Waters lost five laps while repairs were made to the car before he returned to the circuit, and finished P26 to end a brutal weekend for the Car 6 crew.

Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X) battled an ill-handling race car in the middle stint of the race before fighting back to tenth on the afternoon, securing his 12th top ten of 2018. Mark Winterbottom (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X) had little to celebrate on his 37th birthday, as the 2015 Supercars champion took contact on his out lap of qualifying, and struggled with tyre degradation in the latter stints of Sunday’s 67-lap race en route to a 20th place finish.

Having finished a stretch of five events in nine weeks, the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship now takes a brief break before Round 7 at Hidden Valley Raceway. The Darwin Triple Crown takes place June 15-17, featuring Races 15 & 16 of 2018.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X
Mark Winterbottom
Race 14 Quali: 1m19.72s, 18th
Race 14 Finish: 20th

“I had a good start and picked up four or five spots. I got up around 12th or something early, but we pitted and filled The Bottle-O car full of fuel, and it just made us way too heavy throughout that whole stint, we just burnt time in that whole stint. I lost a lot of positions, then when we came out for the last stint I went out for about three laps and I think I broke a chord in the tyre again. I dropped two seconds a lap and it changed the balance tenfold, so I reckon I’ve broken another cord, and that was three laps into a 20-lap stint, so it made my life a lot harder than it needed to be. It’s a tough way to end the weekend, but we have a few weeks to try and diagnose our issues, so we’ll dig through the data and get back out there in Darwin.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X
Cameron Waters
Race 14 Quali: 1m19.64s, 14th
Race 14 Finish: 26th

“It was pretty embarrassing to be honest. We broke two axles in two days, and it shouldn’t really happen. We don’t really know how it happened or why they broke, but it shouldn’t happen so we’ll figure out the cause of the issue and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Once we got out there today my car was really fast, which was our only positive today. Even on 40-lap old tyres I was lapping better than guys on way younger tyres, but it doesn’t do us any good when we’re five laps down, so we’ll just have to take this one on the chin and move on.“

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X
Chaz Mostert
Race 14 Quali: 1m19.49s, 5th
Race 14 Finish: 10th

“We just couldn’t nail the balance today unfortunately. Obviously it’s good to salvage a top ten when your car isn’t where you want it to be, and we were a bit better towards the end, but we’ve had too many of these days this year. To be disappointed with tenth is good in some sense, but I know we’re capable of better so it’s frustrating when we have weekends like this. Fortunately for the boys we’ve got a few weeks to digest everything, and we have a test coming up which will be really important for us. We’re still playing catch up a bit so we need a really productive day to get our season back on track.”

 

No. 56 MEGA Fuels/Tickford Ford Falcon FG X
Richie Stanaway
Race 14 Quali: 1m19.57s, 10th
Race 14 Finish: 9th

“It’s good to get a clean race for once, and another personal best for me with my first top ten finish. So it’s just a bit of a weight off my shoulders, I guess, to just get through a clean run, and to be honest I never expected to have a race result where I’d be the first Tickford car this early in the season. If I was ever going to have a good run it was going to be this one, because I (could capitalise) on the track knowledge. Hopefully we can keep improving, as we’re always aiming to do.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“We’ve certainly got plenty to figure out over the next few weeks, we’re obviously not where we need to be and we’ve got a lot of work to do to get there. Overall the team really struggled today, pretty much all weekend for that matter, but if there’s a silver lining I’m happy for Richie after the storm of a season he’s been through. We know he’s capable of performances like that and better, so this is a good result to build on. But we need to be performing better on the whole, so we’ll keep working at it and hopefully figure out these gremlins for Darwin.”

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 1457 points
2) Shane van Gisbergen – 1356
3) Craig Lowndes – 1188
11) Chaz Mostert – 986
13) Mark Winterbottom – 890
17) Cameron Waters – 730
24) Richie Stanaway – 434

TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIP
1) DJR-Team Penske – 2566 points
2) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 2479
3) Walkinshaw Andretti United – 2110
5) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 1876
11) Tickford Racing (6/56) – 1134