3 March, 2018
The first race of 2018 was a tale of two stories for Tickford Racing, or in this case a tale of two garages. While two of its main game cars finished inside the top ten of Race 1 at the Adelaide 500, the other pair endured on-track incidents in the season’s opening race and finished down the order.
After qualifying sixth in the morning Shootout, Mark Winterbottom (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X) ran as high as third over the course of the race en route to finishing fifth, with Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X) close behind in seventh.
Monster Energy Racing’s Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X) wrestled his car back to 16th after being spun on Lap 54 while in the top ten. Rookie Richie Stanaway’s (No. 56 Tickford/MEGA Fuels Ford Falcon FG X) main game debut did not go to plan, as the Kiwi found himself boxed into the Turn 5 tyre barrier on Lap 55, and suffered a mechanical failure on the final lap, excluding him from the finishing results.
As mentioned on Friday, Thomas Randle did not compete in Saturday’s Dunlop Super2 action, following the No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X’s incident in Friday’s season-opening race.
Sunday is packed for the Tickford Racing quartet, with Race 2 qualifying at 9:40 a.m. ACDT, a second Top Ten Shootout at 11:40, and Race 2 at 3:20 p.m.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X
Top Ten Shootout: 6th, 1m20.77s
“It was a pretty good day overall. We didn’t quite get the balance the way I had wanted it for the Top Ten Shootout, so we dropped a couple spots there. I got a pretty good start and got those spots back which was nice, and we worked into third by the midway point. Unfortunately we got beat on strategy by a couple guys at the end, but I’m pretty happy with the result. We’ll work on some things tonight and try to get the balance a little better for tomorrow.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X
“We were having a pretty good day, we had worked our way into the top ten, and I just got turned around by Lowndes in the hairpin. Not much you can do about it, that’s racing. There are lots of positives to take out of today’s race. It’s still positive to climb back to 16th from nowhere, so we’ll try and qualify better and we’ll be right.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X
“From 12th to seventh isn’t too bad of a day considering what happened to us in qualifying, so overall I’m happy with the result. We had a bit of an issue with a pit stop, and a couple other things, so if we can tidy that up for tomorrow we can hopefully move up a couple more into the top five. But the car’s a different progression for us, and there’s some stuff we need to work on with it, but the good thing about this weekend is I think we’re going down a bit more of a development path with the car and I think there’s some greener grass on the other side of the hill. We’ll work hard, put our heads down and smooth out some of the things we struggled with today.”
No. 56 Tickford/MEGA Fuels Ford Falcon FG X
“It would have been good to finish where I started, which is about what we were on target for, but then we got involved in a couple of shunts, then we had a mechanical failure on the last lap so it made all that pretty irrelevant. It wasn’t a great race, but it’s good to get through one as a main game driver, and I’ll be better prepared for tomorrow. I felt fine in the car, we can make the car a little better, so we’ll tune it up tonight and try and make it better for tomorrow.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It’s always tough to see your driver taken out, so to have it happen twice is frustrating. Frosty and Chaz drove well to move up and score some good results, but it’s a shame to see Cam and Richie have good runs and lose it all because of something outside their control. It’s good to get a couple top tens, but not the way we wanted to start off the year as a whole. We have the chance to redeem ourselves tomorrow, so we’ll give it our best on Sunday.”