16 JUN 2019
Waters 4th, four Tickford Mustangs in top ten of Race 16
Duplicating his Saturday result at the Darwin Triple Crown, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) finished fourth in Race 16 on Sunday afternoon.
Using a pit strategy that had him managing tyre wear in the late stages of the race, Waters was closely followed by Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) and Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) in sixth and seventh in the second race of the weekend.
All three drivers have climbed positions in the drivers' championship following Race 16, with Mostert elevating to fourth, Waters to seventh, and Holdsworth to tenth.
After qualifying seventh for Race 16, Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) finished ninth after losing time in his middle stint trying to pass Car 97. Unable to do so, the forfeited seconds likely cost the 36-year old a higher placing at the chequered flag.
The weekend's results are a significant year-on-year improvement for Tickford at Hidden Valley Raceway. In 2018, no Tickford car qualified better than 13th and finished no better than 12th. A year later, the Tickford quartet all qualified in the top eight for both races, and all took the chequered flag in the top ten (Davison finished ninth on Saturday before a 15-second penalty relegated him to 12th).
The 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship continues in three weeks at the WATPAC Townsville 400. Townsville will be the eighth event of the 2019 season and takes place July 5-7.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Race 16 Quali: 1m06.17s, 10th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m06.06s, 5th
Race 16 Finish: 7th
"It's been a very good weekend, we've been strong since we got here and a lot more consistent. I've been saying since early in the year that we just need to qualify better and we qualified quite well this weekend. We're moving forward and making progress, and we've fixed some areas we had been struggling with in previous rounds, so overall a good weekend for The Bottle-O Racing Team."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Race 16 Quali: 1m06.10s, 5th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m06.02s, 4th
Race 16 Finish: 4th
"I had to work there at the end, trying to hold on from Jamie (Whincup), I feel pretty good. We're happy with fourth, we had a bit of a shot of trying to get on the podium with strategy, but just didn't have the tyre life to do it. Happy with fourth, and we took a good haul of points this weekend."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Race 16 Quali: 1m05.98s, 3rd
Top Ten Shootout: 1m06.22s, 8th
Race 16 Finish: 6th
"We just stuck to our strategy. The top four was probably the best result we could get, but just ran out of puff there at the end to get back to there. It is what it is, P6 is a good bank of points, just not where we want to be. We still have some work to do, obviously, and we'll keep fighting."
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Race 16 Quali: 1m06.10s, 6th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m06.19s, 7th
Race 16 Finish: 9th
"A bit of a disappointing day, we did all we could. We tried to make the car a bit better on its tyres, we tried to nurse the tyres in the last stint to come home strong, but we didn't really get the reward from them. I got caught in a bit of crucial traffic in the second stint, which really hurt my race. Getting stuck behind the 97 car really killed my strategy unfortunately and we just couldn't get a run. That really killed our strategy, and it became a bit of a compromised race. Nothing went wrong, it's just that nothing really went right for us."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"All told that's a really good weekend for us. Our car speed was very good and for the most part we executed very well. The only difference right now is while our cars are very good a couple of cars – one car in particular – are doing great. We're really happy with the results, and right now we've got four cars in the top ten of the championship, which is incredibly hard to do in any championship. We've got to recognise that, but at the same time we're racers, and we want more than fourth place, so we have to keep working."