TICKFORD RACING – PHILLIP ISLAND 500 SUNDAY REPORT
22 April, 2018

Tickford Racing’s quartet ended its Phillip Island 500 weekend with a frustrating Sunday on the island. For the third race in a row, Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X) led the team home with an eighth place finish, climbing back to seventh in the championship after four rounds of competition.

Mark Winterbottom (No. 200 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X) endured intense front tyre wear to conclude his 200th race round with a 15th place finish, followed closely by Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X) in 17th. Richie Stanaway (No. 56 MEGA Fuels/Tickford Ford Falcon FG X) was spun on the opening lap of the 250-kilometre race, but battled back to finish 20th on a day where the whole team struggled for car balance.

Tickford Racing will reset before heading west in two weeks, for another short track bout in the Perth SuperSprint at Barbagallo Raceway, May 4-6.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 200 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X
Mark Winterbottom
Race 10 Start: 10th, 1m30.67s
Race 10 Finish: 15th
“The car just wasn’t quick enough. We’ve got lots of understeer, and it’d ruin both front tyres, I’m honestly lucky to finish the race with the amount of understeer we had. The right front tyre was damaged on both sets, and we’d end up dropping a second or two a lap to the leaders. We thought we had made some gains but we’ve seemed to have lost them again. We’ll have a rethink this week and see what we can come up with for Perth, but it’s a frustrating day to say the least.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X
Cameron Waters
Race 10 Start: 16th, 1m30.85s
Race 10 Finish: 17th
“All weekend we had the one issue, and we tried all sorts of avenues to try and cure it, but we couldn’t crack it. It was another really tough weekend, we shouldn’t be where we are, we’re better than that. We’ll pull together and work out what the issue is to come out strong at the next round. All the boys are working hard. We’re trying, we just haven’t found it yet.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X
Chaz Mostert
Race 10 Start: 11th, 1m30.67s
Race 10 Finish: 8th
“It’s probably not a bad result for the stuff we’re dealing with out there. As a whole team we’re really struggling with getting this car to react to this new tyre this year. It’s something we’ve got to go back to the workshop and do something completely different. But in saying that, I was hanging on for dear life out there, just trying to make it work somehow, doing stuff drivers don’t necessarily like to do in race cars. You like to be smooth and look after things, but this weekend’s been all about aggression in trying to make this car work. Not bad results, not where we want to be, that’s for sure. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

No. 56 MEGA Fuels/Tickford Ford Falcon FG X
Richie Stanaway
Race 10 Start: 23rd, 1m31.25s
Race 10 Finish: 20th  
“To be honest I’ve never had to fight so hard to finish 20th. Thankfully we had an early safety car because I got turned around and fired off into the grass on the first lap, went off backwards at 200k an hour, so I’m lucky I got it back around without damaging it. If the race went green like it did yesterday it would have been pretty miserable, so that first safety car was helpful. We were trying to get into a rhythm, but it’s really hard to do that when your car isn’t doing what you want it to, it made the race feel twice as long as it really was. Not the best weekend for us. It was nice to have a couple finishes and bring the car back in decent shape, but we can definitely do better.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It was a pretty poor day overall for us. We’ve done a lot of figuring out how not to make the cars work, but haven’t found the combination to get what we need out of them. It hasn’t been for a lack of effort, but we’ve got to keep working at it. We know we’re better than we’ve shown, we owe it to our fans, partners, and ourselves. The team will be hard at work trying to find a solution, and hopefully we’ll have something to cheer about in Perth.”

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Scott McLaughlin – 947 points
2) David Reynolds – 887
3) Shane van Gisbergen – 849
7) Chaz Mostert – 695
14) Mark Winterbottom – 587
16) Cameron Waters – 535
26) Richie Stanaway – 227

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Triple Eight Engineering – 1654 points
2) DJR-Team Penske – 1609
3) Walkinshaw Andretti United – 1423
5) Tickford Racing (5/55) – 1282
11) Tickford Racing (6/56) – 732