15 SEP 2019
Mostert podiums on Sunday, Safety Car fiasco dashes team mates' runs
On Sunday, Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) stood on the podium for the 12th time in 2019 with a third place finish in Race 24 at the Auckland SuperSprint, but the result was the lone bright spot in a disappointing afternoon for the rest of Tickford Racing.
Mostert started seventh ahead of Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) eighth, and behind Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) and Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) second and third, Holdsworth's best qualifying result of 2019. However the days of the remaining three Tickford Racing entries were dramatically damaged when the race's lone Safety Car came out on Lap 14. Holdsworth, Waters, and Davison had made their first pit stops prior to the Safety Car, but were incorrectly held up by the Safety Car on-track, costing each of them and others numerous positions.
The trio battled on, but Davison only managed 13th ahead of Waters 14th and Holdsworth 15th.
Next up for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is the Great Race, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. On-track action begins Thursday, October 10 with practice, followed by qualifying on Friday, the Top Ten Shootout on Sunday, and the 161-lap epic on Sunday, October 13.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Race 24 Quali: 1m01.74s, 5th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m01.87s, 2nd
Race 24 Finish: 15th
"I'm furious, to be honest. That was a complete and utter stuff up, I don't know what else to say. The boys and Sammy (Scaffidi, engineer) did a great job and gave me a great car, we put it on the front row, and we have nothing to show for it. We finally had a real good chance to take home some silverware and something like that takes it away from us. I have no words."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Race 24 Quali: 1m01.91s, 10th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m01.88s, 3rd
Race 24 Finish: 14th
"I had a great qualifying, great to get in the Top Ten Shootout and into third. I had a really good race car, was just trucking around, we would have been on for a podium, but obviously race control managed to screw that one up royally. It's an embarrassment that a championship can do that and classify it as full points, so as far as I'm concerned I want an explanation from the powers that be, and I think that race should be zero points."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Race 24 Quali: 1m01.63s, 3rd
Top Ten Shootout: 1m02.02s, 7th
Race 24 Finish: 3rd
"I had a lot of pressure from Nick (Percat) there at the end, but yeah, what a crazy day. Really should have been probably racing for probably seventh or something like that, but yeah, just ended up with a trophy, don't really understand how. Everyone's obviously pretty disappointed, as you would be, you know you've had a guy like Lee Holdsworth start on the front row today, Waters started up there too, and yeah unfortunately they're probably the guys who deserved to sit up here today."
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Race 24 Quali: 1m01.59s, 2nd
Top Ten Shootout: 1m02.13s, 8th
Race 24 Finish: 13th
"Incredibly disappointed is a hell of an understatement. We had a really good car in quali to get in the top two, unfortunately the track got a bit too warm in the Shootout which hurt that lap, but we started eighth and the car was pretty good in the early going. We did our first stop and were in position to climb up in the ten pretty well and that Safety Car just ruined our race. I don't know what happened or who did what, but obviously it shouldn't have happened and it cost us what should have been a positive result. We're all really frustrated, not the way we wanted to end the weekend."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"The positives come first, we had excellent car speed all weekend, and it's great to come out with a couple podiums. I think it's safe to say we were the fastest Ford team all weekend and the fastest team outright for a majority of it, which is credit to the team. But what happened today is beyond disappointing, to have three of our cars taken out of the running by something out of our control is incredibly frustrating. It shouldn't have happened and our drivers, engineers, and crew don't deserve to be done like that. There's a fire under all four camps after that, and we'll be ready to give it our all at Bathurst next month."