It was far from our favourite round in recent memory when it comes to results, but Tassie always provides some stunning shots and great racing. Check out our crash course notes on the Tasmania SuperSprint, and a gallery of some of the best shots from the third round of 2018.
Short Track Racing
Contesting the shortest track on the 2018 calendar, the Supercars time sheets – which are commonly some of the tightest in all of racing – were condensed even further, as most of the field was within a handful of tenths of P1 throughout the weekend. That magnified any imbalance in the race car, which hurt Tickford Racing on the weekend. The tight confines of the circuit also saw Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters, and Richie Stanaway take damage from competitors during the two races, with Mostert and Stanaway bearing a DNF each.
Visually speaking, Mostert’s DNF was the brightest moment of the weekend for Tickford Racing, as the damage Mostert sustained in an on-track clash broke the exhaust system underneath the car. With fumes, fuel vapor, and heat venting from the exhaust onto the inside of the side skirts, the panels went alight when Mostert pitted mid-race, and the damage ultimately led to the Queenslander’s retirement from Race 7. The now-26 year old recovered on Sunday to finish tenth in Race 8, though he fell to ninth in the championship standings.
A weekend to forget
In a category like Supercars where track time is limited and the field ultra-competitive, it’s often hard to catch up if you don’t roll off with leading car pace. After Friday struggles compounded with Saturday’s poor luck, our four teams came together and elected to try different setups in order to hopefully remedy the balance dilemmas from earlier in the weekend. Some improvement was made into Sunday, but not enough to warrant the results Tickford Racing and its fans have come to expect. Mark Winterbottom was incisive in his post race comments.
“We’ve got work to do,” Frosty said on Sunday, “but at the same time we’ve got smart people in this team and four good drivers with good data to pull from. We’ve been in this situation before and we’ve bounced back, so I have no doubt we can fix it, I’m just sorry to people who support us. We know we’re better than what we showed this weekend. We know we expect more, and we’ll work hard to fix it.”
“It was a brutal weekend,” added Tim Edwards, “and we know we’re better than this, so we’ll be hard at work to bring our cars back up to speed.”
What’s next: Phillip Island
Supercars now turns to one of the most famous tracks on the schedule: the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit, April 20-22. Contesting two 250km races on the famed 4.445-kilometre circuit, we will look to get back on track at the event where in 2017 Mostert and Winterbottom scored a 1-2 in the Sunday race.