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TICKFORD RACING CONCLUDES BACK TO BACK AT PHILLIP ISLAND

PRESS RELEASE/Tickford Racing – Photo: Velocity Magazine (Darin Mandy)

Just days after the Tasmania SuperSprint at Symmons Plains, Tickford Racing is set to return to racing action this weekend at the Phillip Island SuperSprint in Victoria. It is the fourth round of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, and the first time since 2014 that the championship has competed on consecutive weekends.

Sitting sixth in the championship, Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) leads Tickford Racing into the weekend. Mostert claimed two tenth place finishes in Tasmania last weekend, and was a race winner at Phillip Island in 2017.

Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) is eager to erase the memories of a frustrating Tasmania round, where he could only muster a best finish of 14th after finishing each of the season’s first six races in the top ten.

Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) was close behind Mostert at Symmons Plains, finishing 11th in both races. He, too, is looking forward to the potential for a strong weekend at Phillip Island, where the 24-year old topped Supercars’ preseason test in February.

Making steady improvement in his first year with the team, Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) was the highest finisher for Tickford in Tasmania, finishing ninth in Race 8, and is confident of better results this weekend.

The Phillip Island SuperSprint takes place at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, April 12-14, in which Races 9 and 10 of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will be held.

DRIVERS’ VIEW
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang

Lee Holdsworth
“I’m excited to be back on track this weekend at one of the best tracks on the calendar. Phillip Island’s a fast flowing circuit, and should suit the strengths of our cars, which we displayed at the test day earlier this year. I’m expecting a strong showing from The Bottle-O Mustang, and can’t wait to get out on track.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cameron Waters
“I’m keen to go back to the island this weekend, we had a tough weekend at Tassie, but Phillip Island is a track I like quite a lot. The test day was good for us back in February, and I think it’ll suit the Tickford cars pretty well. As a driver it’s awesome to be racing two weeks in a row, but it’s a big grind for the boys in the workshop, so I really want to get a result this weekend and reward them for their hard work. We’ll see how we go.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Chaz Mostert
“Back to back weekends racing is extremely hard on the crew and the team to try and turn a bad weekend last week into a good one this weekend. Even though it’s a much different style of track it’ll be a real task to get some good results this weekend. But saying that, we’re up to the task, we’ve got an awesome crew that have been working endlessly. Looking forward to the weekend, it’s a good chance to rewrite some results. Obviously at Tassie we didn’t quite get the results we wanted, so it’s good to get another chance so soon to try and blank those parts out. I think the track will play more to the strengths of our cars than the weaknesses we had at Tassie, so fingers crossed we can climb a few more positions and get a good bank of points.”

No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang 
Will Davison
“It’s different going back to back, but it’s exciting. Particularly after a difficult race weekend the first thing you want to do is get back in the car. We still had potential in Tasmania, we just had one of those really poor weekends. It was frustrating, but it’s good to just put our focus straight into Phillip Island. We tested here in February, a fair bit’s changed since then, but I think we’re going to have a good opportunity this weekend to run at the front. I think we’ll have a pretty fast car, every race at the moment is exciting, every time I jump into the car I’m looking forward to it, so it’s great to get back at it. There are some different rules this weekend, obviously continuing with the qualifying format (from Tasmania), and the pit lane regulations will be interesting in the races. It’ll change the way we look at strategy for the weekend, which will make it a real variable, but we’ll just focus on car pace at the moment, and I think we can be strong.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“I suppose the nice thing about back to back weekends is if you have a poor first weekend you can put it behind you quickly. We didn’t have the weekend we had hoped for in Tassie, but we don’t have time to dwell on it. The team’s gotten on with it and had a huge week getting the cars prepared for this weekend, and we’re ready to go. Phillip Island is a vastly different circuit to Symmons Plains; obviously we had good pace at the test day, and we’ve gone well there in the past, so we’re optimistic we can come out of the weekend on a positive.”

EVENT NAME: Phillip Island SuperSprint
DATE: April 12-14
LOCATION: Phillip Island, VIC
EVENT NUMBER: 4 of 15
FORMAT: Friday – 2 x 30-min practice; 1 x 30-min practice; Saturday – 1 x 30-min practice, 3 x 10-min qualifying, 1 x 27-lap race (120km); Sunday – 1 x 30-min practice, 3 x 10-min qualifying, 1 x 45-lap race (200km)
CIRCUIT: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
LENGTH: 4.45-kilometres
DESCRIPTION: One of Australia’s premiere racing circuits, Phillip Island is known both for its incredible ocean side view and its long, high-speed corners.
TRACK RECORD: 1m31.21s (Scott McLaughlin, 2017)
TICKFORD RACING BEST RESULT: 1st – Craig Lowndes (2003), Mark Winterbottom (2006, 2012), Will Davison (2012), Chaz Mostert (2017)


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