07 OCT 2018
Supercheap Auto Racing finish fourth in Bathurst 1000
Supercheap Auto Racing's Chaz Mostert and James Moffat (No. 55 Ford Falcon FG X) flew the flag for Tickford Racing on Sunday in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, placing fourth after 161 laps of racing. On an otherwise frustrating day, Mark Winterbottom and Dean Canto (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X) finished 12th in Race 25 of the 2018 Supercars season, which took just over six hours to complete.
The run for Car 55 was marred by an incident on Lap 20, in which Mostert made contact with David Russell (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X) at Forrest's Elbow, sending Car 6 into the outside barrier and causing significant damage to its front corners. Russell and main game drier Cameron Waters would go on to finish 23rd, 13 laps down.
Richie Stanaway and Steve Owen (No. 56 RABBLE.club Ford Falcon FG X) encountered electrical problems in the second half of the race, which put Car 56 multiple laps down. After a recurrence of the issue, the pair ended up eight laps down and finished 22nd.
Following the '1000,' Mostert climbs to sixth in the drivers' championship and Waters to 16th, while the team has reclaimed third in the teams' championship. There is little downtime before the next event on the Supercars calendar. The Gold Coast 600, Round 14 of 16 in 2018, takes place in just two weeks' time, across the October 19-21 weekend.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X
Race 25 Start: 19th
Race 25 Finish: 12th
"We're just not quick enough at the moment. We struggled all weekend with straight line speed on my car, it just wasn't doing what we wanted it to do. Tough day, we got up into a reasonable position at one point, but we were done when we had to stack behind Chaz. We've still got work to do, but at least we survived today, we hadn't finished the last two Bathursts so 12th's better than a DNF, but you don't come here just to finish, you come here to win, so it's tough not feeling like we could do that today."
"It just wasn't there today, really. We didn't have the pace, and when only six laps are under Safety Car in a 161 lap race, you need pace to compete. The double stack hurt us quite a bit as well, it cost us maybe a couple of positions, but we didn't have the car to compete today unfortunately. We struggled on the straights, and obviously the best places to pass are at the ends of straights, we spent a lot more time defending than attacking, which isn't a nice feeling. In a way it's good being frustrated with 12th, but we expect more out of ourselves than that."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X
Race 25 Start: 6th
Race 25 Finish: 23rd
"What can you say, our race was over before it really got started. I didn't get a good start, dropped a few spots, but we knew it was a long race and we had a decent car. Then I handed it to D-Russ and he got put in the fence by our teammate on his out lap. From there it was 120 laps or something like that just going around to get points. You don't come here to do that, especially not after starting sixth. I'm gutted for the crew, they had a brutal day and had to do a lot of unnecessary work."
"Obviously the lead up to the race was all good, it's been good teaming up with Cam. He's a great teammate, and obviously very fast to get into the Shootout and being the only car out of the team to do that. It shows we had a good car underneath us for today. I'm obviously very disappointed about the incident in the race, it's so early to be making last minute overtakes. It's difficult that it's the same team, it's never good in those scenarios, so for us we just have to move on to the Gold Coast. With the amount of damage we had we were going to lose laps, and anytime you lose laps here you're out of the hunt. It was such a shame that we were out of the hunt so early, we couldn't let some of these things play out. We were prepared to play the long game in the race today, it's just a shame that others couldn't do the same."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X
Race 25 Start: 11th
Race 25 Finish: 4th
"It was a pretty tough day for us, actually I think we were on for a podium today. I don't know what happened in the pits, you come in third, come out fourth or fifth, it's not ideal. But it's a credit to Moff, we put him on a hard strategy and he really held his own. He was the real reason why we got a result today, so I can't thank him enough."
On the Lap 20 incident with Car 6: "It's an absolute shame for the team and it's not the way I want to go out there racing. I just purely went to the inside, I couldn't go any more narrow, just ran out of room and it's always pretty tight at the Elbow. I'm sorry to Cam and Dave, but it's a tough day for the team, it would have been nice to get them a trophy."
"To come from 11th through to fourth, that was definitely positive for us. We just boxed on all day and drove as hard as we could. I thought the team executed really well today. Fourth is really all we had, we benefitted from some other people's misfortunes, but the car was really solid all day, especially across the top of the Mountain, the handling was really good. We probably just needed a Safety Car or two in the last 20 or 30 laps, I reckon Chazzy would have been able to fight on, but it never came. Chaz did an amazing job all day, he drove the wheels off it, and I think the way the race unfolded, fourth was about as good as we could achieve today."
No. 56 RABBLE.club Ford Falcon FG X
Race 25 Start: 17th
Race 25 Finish: 22nd
"We didn't have a great car today, the car struggled down the straights and I couldn't really race with it. So we just keep knocking out laps and after one of the stops the centre console started smoking, so I pulled in, got it replaced, and went back out, then I got called in a few laps later because there were more electrical issues, after that it was just making the laps to finish the race. It's just kind of been that way all year, we weren't as competitive as we'd like to be, and then something out of our control makes it worse."
"It's frustrating when you aren't having a great day and then something like that happens. We weren't up near the front but I think we could have been mid pack by the end if we didn't have issues. It's a shame, I think we would have been relatively pleased by just finishing the race without issue. The car wasn't great but we did what we could, it's a shame we didn't get a result that reflected that."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"Obviously we'll have a detailed debriefing over what happened at the Elbow, but the team put up a great fight all weekend. The results don't reflect the effort the team put in, but that's motorsport. We obviously still have areas where we can improve, but we'll head to Gold Coast where we had a great weekend last year and see what we can do."
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
On Saturday, Thomas Randle (No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X) completed his longest career race, finishing 8th in the 250-kilometre Dunlop Super2 event. Randle started from 11th and fought past a pit lane penalty mid race to score his eighth top ten of 2018. The rookie remains eighth in the championship standings heading into the final event of the year, a doubleheader at Newcastle in November.
No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X
Warm up: 2m08.61s, 11th
Race 14 Start: 11th
Race 14 Finish: 8th
"I really enjoyed race, I didn't feel like I put a foot wrong, the car was fantastic to drive, overall I think we were third quickest in terms of the whole race. The pit lane penalty stuffed the race. I'm not quite sure why we got it, I'm pretty sure it wasn't a fault from our team, and right before the penalty I was right behind (Dean) Fiore, and he went on to win the race. I think we had a car to fight up there, not saying we would have won the race, but the car was mega and I just really enjoyed it. Even after the penalty, I kind of had the track to myself, which was a cool feeling. I just want to do another race now, but unfortunately that's all for the weekend."