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After a first lap incident sent him to the back of the 25-ar field, Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) recovered to lead Tickford Racing home at the chequered flag, finishing ninth in Race 8 from the Tasmania SuperSprint. It is Holdsworth’s third top ten of 2019.
All four Tickford cars finished in a cluster, with Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) tenth, followed by Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) 11th, and 23Red Racing’s Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) 14th.
Davison’s efforts were hurt by early race damage to his Ford’s bodywork, adding drag to the No. 23 Mustang on Symmons Plains Raceway’s long straights.
It is a quick turnaround for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, which is back on track this Friday for the Phillip Island SuperSprint south of Melbourne, running 12-14 of April.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Practice 4: 50.93s, 14th
Race 8 Quali: 51.07s (Q2), 14th
Race 8 Finish: 9th
“I’m pleased to come home in the top ten. I got a good start, Chaz stalled in front of me, so I had to veer around that which cost me a bit of time. It allowed (Nick) Percat to get up my inside, and I was sort of in a sandwich into Turn 2. I copped a hit from behind which put me on the grass, and we dropped to last. We had a really good car, a really strong car, good on tyre life, a big improvement over the weekend with balance. One of the stops the engine stalled and didn’t want to refire, and we lost five seconds, so to come back from that to P9, I was really pleased. Credit to Sammy (Scaffidi, engineer) for giving me a good car and the boys for their good stops. Just unfortunate a couple of things hurt our chances of moving further up.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 4: 50.86s, 11th
Race 8 Quali: 50.94s (Q3), 8th
Race 8 Finish: 11th
“Quali was okay today, we made it into the ten, and I had a really good start to the race, but we didn’t have much more in us today. We knew this weekend was going to be tough for us, and it was. We know where our deficits are, it’s probably a little bit car, and that hairpin is just our nemesis at the moment. It is what it is, and we’ll keep working to rectify where we’re struggling.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Practice 4: 50.88s, 12th
Race 8 Quali: 51.85s (Q3), 10th
Race 8 Finish: 10th
“Tassie strikes Tickford Racing again. We just really struggled this weekend, it’s obviously super, super tight out there and if you just miss the mark with a couple of things, like we said coming into this it can really put you backwards. We probably have a bit of work to do. It obviously shows our car still has a weakness here, we’ve got to pull our finger out, make some new bits, and make this thing faster in a straight line.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Practice 4: 51.05s, 18th
Race 8 Quali: 52.46s (Q1), 24th
Race 8 Finish: 14th
“All in all we had a good race, unfortunately we had a front panel come up on the second lap in some turbulent air. I got a bit of a touch on the first lap and through the kink on the second lap it just exploded the guard up. From that moment on it was just like a parachute. It was a frustrating race, but I drove 110% the whole race, we were massively down on straight line speed – in part due to the guard – but the car was handling good. I don’t think we could have done any more. We salvaged some points, but just glad to get out of here now. We know where we’re weak, and we’re going to some circuits which should see us closer to the front.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“Credit to the team and the drivers, we did just about all we could today. Obviously we had a stall here and a collision there, but all four cars came back pretty much the way we sent them out, and all close together which shows the ability of our drivers collectively. It’s frustrating for sure, but there are some positives to take away from the weekend. It’s a very short week, so we’ll see what we can put together for Phillip Island.”
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