12 MAR 2020
Tickford continues competitive pace in Melbourne
Tickford Racing has concluded a strong Thursday at the Melbourne 400, with each of its four cars consistently in the top ten across the day's two practice sessions and qualifying sessions in preparation for the second round of races on the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars calendar.
Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) had the team's top result of the day, qualifying second for Race 4 (of the 2020 season) in the second of the day's two qualifying sessions. Waters admitted a mistake in the first qualifying session cost him a better grid position, where he finished the session eighth, which is where he will start Race 3 Friday afternoon.
Continuing his consistently strong pace from Adelaide, Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) posted the sixth fastest laps in each of the two practice sessions, and placed third in both qualifying sessions Thursday afternoon.
Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) was consistently in the top ten across Thursday, leading the team in Practice 1 with the third fastest lap, and qualifying ninth and eighth for Races 3 and 4, respectively.
Supercheap Auto Racing's Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) showed notable promise in Thursday's practice sessions, placing fourth and eighth respectively in the two, however felt he did not maximise the car's performance in qualifying, where he was classified 15th and 14th for Races 3 and 4.
Supercars action at the Melbourne 400 continues Friday with Races 5 and 6 qualifying at 10:10 and 10:30 a.m. AEDT, followed by Race 3 at 1:50 p.m.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m56.62s, 3rd
Practice 2: 1m57.75s, 9th
Race 3 Quali: 1m55.78s, 9th
Race 4 Quali: 1m55.99s, 8th
"I'm a little disappointed, but happy to be disappointed considering we were in the top ten. It certainly could have been better, I locked up in the final qualifying into the hairpin, we were on for P5 at that point. We still need to improve the car a little bit, and we get another opportunity tomorrow to start Races 5 and 6 further up."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m57.68s, 12th
Practice 2: 1m57.79s, 10th
Race 3 Quali: 1m55.78s, 8th
Race 4 Quali: 1m55.39s, 2nd
"It was a very mixed day through practice, with the tyres and just not knowing where we were at. The one shot we had to work out where we were on the green tyre was in Practice 2 and the red flag came out on my lap. The car was pretty pacey in quali one, I just made a little mistake, and the times being so tight really hurt, but eighth was okay. I came second in the next one, rectifying the mistake, so I think we're there abouts, just have to do it again tomorrow. Hopefully we can start up the front and we'll be in for a good weekend."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Practice 1: 1m56.93s, 4th
Practice 2: 1m57.58s, 8th
Race 3 Quali: 1m56.13s, 15th
Race 4 Quali: 1m56.30s, 14th
"The start of the day was quite positive, we were chipping along all right. We were getting through what we needed to and making improvements to the car, and in qualifying I just under drove it. I didn't maximise the green tyre grip at all, which was quite frustrating, and that was all. Just need to man up, and we'll be right."
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Practice 1: 1m57.13s, 6th
Practice 2: 1m57.17s, 6th
Race 3 Quali: 1m55.32s, 3rd
Race 4 Quali: 1m55.40s, 3rd
"Definitely another encouraging day considering it's a completely different set of circumstances from Adelaide. We have quite a different set up philosophy, and I think we're understanding the car quite well. Brendan (Hogan, engineer) and the guys have done a great job, we've chipped away and improved the car, and it's been in the window all day. Our next mission is to see how we are in race trim, we need to improve a bit from Adelaide, but our one lap pace is quite good. I would have liked to get a pole, it was quite close, but I'm enjoying it. A good clean day, and we'll push to maintain that in the races and extract that little bit more in quali."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"It was a pretty positive day for all of our cars, they're all looking for a little more speed here and there, but the cars look to be in or close to the window to run at the front. Cam and Will are still very strong and Lee and Jack are continuing to make gains, so we're in a good place, but we still have areas to improve for qualifying in the morning and the race tomorrow afternoon. The engineers will have a good think overnight, and we'll see how we come out tomorrow."