03 MAR 2019
Cam Waters P2 in Race 2 from Adelaide
In a Ford 1-2, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) finished runner-up in Race 2 from the Superloop Adelaide 500. It is Waters' best finish overall since he won the Sandown 500 in 2017.
After placing fourth on Saturday, Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Tools Ford Mustang) finished Sunday eighth, despite being double stacked on a Lap 27 pit stop. He retains fourth in series points heading out of the first event of 2019.
Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) recovered from a Lap 13 spin to finish 11th on the day. Holdsworth was also double stacked during the Lap 27 stop under Safety Car, potentially holding him back from a top ten.
Having made his first stop on Lap 26, Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) returned to pit lane on Lap 27 with the majority of the field once the Safety Car had been deployed. Mostert's entry to the pit box was affected by the crowded pit lane, compromising his exit and forcing him to reverse before releasing into pit lane. Upon releasing, he made contact with Car 15, causing damage to the front of the Mustang and later incurring a drive-through penalty. With a late stop for tyres, Mostert motored to 15th place at the chequered flag while also breaking the Adelaide track record with a lap of 1m20.379s.
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship returns to action in two weeks at the Melbourne 400 in support of the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park. This will be the second time Supercars scores championship points at the event, which includes four races across the March 14-17 weekend.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Race 2 Quali: 1m19.94s, 14th
Top Ten Shootout: n/a
Race 1 Finish: 11th
"It wasn't too bad. We showed really good speed, obviously I'm disappointed to have an off and then drop back a few positions, we probably cost ourselves a seventh. But, look, you live and learn, I'm still trying to get my head around this Ford Mustang. No doubt next round we'll be stronger again."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Race 2 Quali: 1m19.56s, 3rd
Top Ten Shootout: 1m20.22s, 4th
Race 1 Finish: 2nd
"I was in a fair bit of pain. I kind of kept asking how many laps to go, I'd do a few (laps), then ask again, and just had a few mental strategies to try and get through it. I knew where I was strong, Shane (van Gisbergen) was coming at me pretty hard, but I kind of knew where I had to be strong, and lucky enough my car was good through those parts. I think I probably had the pace anyway to hold him off. I was quick through (Turns) 1-2 and quick through (Turn) 8 which lead to the big passing opportunities, and I was going to make it hard for him anyway. It's a little bit of redemption. Yesterday we had good pace, I don't know if we had pace for a podium, but we've definitey made improvements overnight, and it does make up a little bit for yesterday."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Race 2 Quali: 1m19.55s, 2nd
Top Ten Shootout: no time (kerb hop), 9th
Race 1 Finish: 15th
"It was real unfortunate, what happened with Rick (Kelly). It was just so congested and tight in the lane, I knew I wasn't going to be able to get out cleanly, and once I got pushed back I couldn't see anything in the mirrors, I just went and unfortunately Rick was coming through. We got a little lucky that the car wasn't bent up, but it took us out of a run for the podium which is frustrating. That said the car's been quick and we're doing what we need to get up front, which is promising, we just need to string it all together."
No. 23 Milwaukee Tools Ford Mustang
Race 2 Quali: 1m19.74s, 8th
Top Ten Shootout: 1m20.40s, 5th
Race 1 Finish: 8th
"All in all, mixed emotions today. It was good to back up another solid qualifying, which is good. We've laid a good foundation for the year now, leaving the weekend fourth in points, and now we can start setting our targets a little bit higher and getting a little bit more aggressive as we understand the car more. We ran on quite an aggressive strategy today, I probably didn't quite have the balance that I had yesterday, but we're looking pretty good. Obviously the double stack, and getting caught with Chaz's incident, we lost massive time in the pits, but we were able to salvage a result at the end. That's the encouraging thing, to be able to race back through the field to eighth, it was really promising. Tough race, but we salvaged a result, we have a straight car, great first weekend working with everybody, and now we can really kick on with the year."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"It was a tremendous drive from Cam. Good strategy from Sam (Potter) and the team, they gave him a good car and he fought through some pretty tough pain to get that one. It was a great effort all around from the team, we had fast cars all weekend and while we probably should have more to take home we showed we can still contend for trophies."
On Lap 27 pit lane incident:
"Unfortunately for Chaz he was just a victim of a pit lane chockers with race cars. He didn't have the angle to get out of the box, and our car controller was trying to watch one green car (Holdsworth) coming into the box while another (Kelly) was trying to drive by. He drove well all weekend, and had one of the best cars out there so hopefully we've got the bad karma out of the way and we can have a strong outing from the Grand Prix."
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
Continuing his recovery effort from a DNF on Friday, Thomas Randle (No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X) stormed from ninth to fourth in the opening laps of Super2 Race 3 on Sunday, and held position to the chequered flag, marking his best race finish since Sandown in 2018.
The Dunlop Super2 Series is off for the next eight weeks, returning to action May 2-4 at the Perth SuperNight.
No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X
Race 3 Finish: 4th
"The Skye Sands Tickford Racing Falcon was really fast today. We were a tenth off the fastest race lap but overall the race pace, the car was really strong, if not the quickest in race pace. I knew I had to nail the start, which I did. I got one spot off the line, a couple through the staircase, then up to P4 at the hairpin. I really had my sights set on trying to run down third, but it was pretty difficult trying to claw back six or seven seconds with twelve laps to go. None the less, to come from P17 to one step off the podium in two races is phenomenal, and I can't thank the team enough. We need to have another strong qualifying performance at Perth, and keep our nose clean."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"Just like yesterday, Tom drove great. He picked up a heap of spots early and then managed the car well to the end. It's a shame the weekend started the way it did, but he did a great job making up for it. Those are the kind of drives that make a difference late in the year, so hopefully it'll pay dividends for him come November."