1 March, 2018
Entering its 16th year of competition, Tickford Racing commences its 2018 campaign poised to capitalize on its leading performance towards the conclusion of 2017. Following an offseason re-brand from the Prodrive Racing moniker, Tickford Racing enters the year with four main game entries in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship – piloted by Mark Winterbottom, Cameron Waters, Chaz Mostert, and newcomer Richie Stanaway, and a single Dunlop Super2 entry for up and coming youngster Thomas Randle. Following an encouraging end to the 2017 season which saw three Tickford Racing main game cars finish in the top eight of the series championship, the Campbellfield-based team looks to pick up right where it left off as it heads into the season opening Adelaide 500.
Dunlop Super2 Series competition gets underway Thursday at 10:10 a.m. ACDT, while Supercars practice begins Friday at 9:45 a.m.. The Adelaide 500 is the first of 16 events on the 2018 calendar, and will feature 78-lap races on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X
“I feel good. I think any new year is always exciting, and I think we ended 2017 quite strong, and it feels like this race couldn’t come quick enough. I have the same engineer, a new data engineer, and a slight change in our structure, and hopefully it all works out. But Adelaide’s always exciting, and we want to start the year strong. I feel pumped, fit, and ready to get the year started.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X
“It’s good to get the season underway again. It’s been a good offseason, but I’m raring to get back into it. There’s lots going on around the event, but I’m excited to get in the car and see what our work in the offseason’s done for us once we get to Adelaide. It’s a really fun track to drive around. I’ve always run pretty well there, which is good, and it’s a good event because a lot of my family and friends come to the race from Mildura. It’s sort of a home event for me, so I’m pumped to get there.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X
“I’m going in with an open mind. All the teams are going in after a nice offseason, no doubt all the teams have put in hard work, so it’s a fresh start. Obviously we want to go in this season and win as many races as we can, saying that the field is ultra-competitive, it’s probably the most competitive it’s ever been in this sport. We’ll put our best foot forward, the car’s a lot different going into Adelaide this year than it was last year, so we’ll see how it goes there. We’re looking forward to seeing if some of the new ideas we’ve brought up will play in the mix and move us forward as well.”
No. 56 Tickford Ford Falcon FG X
“I’m pretty excited, it’s been a longer offseason for me because I haven’t raced since Gold Coast, so a little longer than most guys, but I’m really looking forward to getting back into racing. It’s a pretty big event to start the year off, and I guess I’m a little nervous because I’m the only one who hasn’t raced a Supercar there, so I’m not really as well prepared as the other drivers, but I’ve got a good team around me to help us out, so the aim is just to have a good, solid weekend. I don’t have any expectations, but I’ve been watching a lot of on-board footage and reading a lot of data to try and learn the track. It’s tough because I don’t have that first-person feel for every bump and kerb, but I’ll prepare as best as I can and we’ll see how we go.”
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X
“I’m very excited, I’ve been watching a lot of on-board footage and looking over data from the past few years to try and get my edge on before we get to the track. We’ve had two really good test days, so I’m feeling confident in the car and I’m really looking forward to working with all the boys at Tickford Racing. So far they’ve really brought me in quite well, and I’ve gotten along with everyone real well, so we’ll see what the weekend brings. At the moment I don’t have any major expectations. Of course I’d love to be on the podium, but it’s hard to tell where we’ll be at against the rest of the competition. It’s a strong field this year, so I’ll have a much better idea after the first qualifying, and work forwards from there.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“After the way we finished 2017 I think we’ve all been waiting to get back to racing. We’ve had some changes over the offseason but we’ve kept a majority of the core group intact and we feel that we head into the new year as strong as ever. It’s great to get another year of racing underway and we can’t wait to hit the track in Adelaide.
EVENT NAME: Adelaide 500
DATE: March 1-4
LOCATION: Adelaide, SA
EVENT NUMBER: 1 of 16
FORMAT: Friday – 2 x 40-min practice, 1 x 20-min qualifying; Saturday – 1 x 40-min practice, 1 x Top Ten Shootout, 1 x 78-lap race; Sunday – 1 x 20-min qualifying, 1 x Top Ten Shootout, 1 x 78-lap race
CIRCUIT: Adelaide Street Circuit
DESCRIPTION: Marking its 20th running in 2018, the Adelaide 500 has become a beloved favourite of fans and drivers alike. The fast, bumpy street circuit originally used by Formula One in 1985 (shortened in 199x) provides an exciting challenge for teams, while the event atmosphere ranks as one of the most electric events of the season.
TRACK RECORD: 1m19.57s (Shane van Gisbergen, 2017)
TICKFORD RACING BEST RESULT: 1st – Will Davison (2012, Race 2)