15 JUN 2019
Tickford 2-4-6 in Race 15 at Hidden Valley
An aggressive pit strategy in Race 15 gave Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) the track position to notch his sixth podium of 2019, and the 27-year old delivered on Saturday with a second-place finish in the first leg of the Darwin Triple Crown.
Close behind, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) converted his tenth top five starting spot of the season into his sixth top five finish in 2019, coming home fourth, with Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) following up his season-best fifth in Race 14 last month with a sixth-place finish today in Darwin.
After qualifying on the inside of Row 2 for Saturday's race, Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) was poised for a podium run before making contact with Car 9 on his Lap 19 pit stop. Davison was penalised 15 seconds for an unsafe release from his pit box, and after taking the chequered flag in ninth, was classified 12th after the addition of the penalty.
The Darwin Triple Crown concludes Sunday with Race 16 qualifying at 9:25 a.m. ACST, followed by a Top Ten Shootout at 11:05, and the 70-lap Race 16 at 1:30 p.m.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Practice 3: 1m06.82s, 18th
Race 15 Quali: 1m06.33s, 7th
Race 15 Finish: 6th
"It's been a strong couple of days so far. We've been in the top ten every session that matters, we moved up from qualifying in the race and finished P6 today which is pretty good. We had a decent car, but it just didn't hang onto the tyres as much as we'd like. The speed's there, we just need a couple of little tweaks to come back with something stronger."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 3: 1m06.49s, 5th
Race 15 Quali: 1m06.30s, 5th
Race 15 Finish: 4th
"It's great, we've progressed the car quite well across the weekend. We've learned a bit, and in the race that's probably the best the car has felt all weekend. We were definitely quick enough to be on the podium, obviously the strategy is what it is, I probably needed another lap or something to get (David) Reynolds, but overall to qualify fifth and race fourth with a car that has enough pace to be on the podium is good. We'll try to fine tune it and go a little bit better tomorrow."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Practice 3: 1m06.66s, 11th
Race 15 Quali: 1m06.32s, 6th
Race 15 Finish: 2nd
"We were very lucky there at the end. It's been – I was saying – probably two, three years since we've had the ability to do an aggressive strategy and come home probably a bit sadder on tyres than some others, but every day you get a trophy from doing it is a good strategy call, so credit to Adam (De Borre, engineer). He stuck to his guns, had a crack, and the trophy was a team effort today. The boys were really quick in the pit stops, no fumbling around, and (I) just tried to hold onto the tyres, but the temperature up here is really hard. The end of the race was pretty interesting for us, I was looking in the mirror, I saw Davey Reynolds – he's a pretty hard charger – he was coming for me, and then there was, you know, more fresh tyres behind him, coming and coming. I was probably lucky that Scotty (McLaughlin) kind of buggered off down the road a little bit and gave me a bit of clean air to just focus on looking after the tyres, and P2 is all we had today."
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Practice 3: 1m06.71s, 13th
Race 15 Quali: 1m06.16s, 3rd
Race 15 Finish: 12th (9th + 15-second penalty)
"I'm gutted, gutted really, for Phil (Munday) and the guys. You know, obviously we had a great qualifying, great start and it all went pear-shaped in the pit stop. It's one of those things that's always a marginal call, it's always a tough situation. We were trying to cover off (David) Reynolds, he had a slightly quicker stop, obviously, and you just can't really see in the car so you just do what you're told. When I saw him I tried to avoid any contact, and I thought we may have got away with it so I was pretty gutted when I knew we got the penalty, then I was just trying to get out of everyone's way, really."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"In terms of car speed amongst all four cars that might be our best performance of the season. In qualifying and in the race we were pretty competitive across the board. We put four cars in the top seven in quali, and had Will not had his penalty we'd have everyone in the top ten again. That said, we're still chasing the guys at the front, so while we're pretty pleased with the results we'll keep our heads down and try to keep up the progress we've been making."