15 MAR 2019
Waters on Race 3 podium, Mostert on Race 6 pole at AGP
Monster Energy Racing's Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) has followed up his runner-up finish in Race 2 in Adelaide with a third place finish in Friday's Race 3 at the Melbourne 400, on a 3-4-5 finish for Tickford Racing.
23Red Racing's Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) came home fourth ahead of Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang), who made a remarkable run to fifth after starting 22nd. Mostert also started off the day scoring pole for Sunday's Race 6, the 17th of his career.
Mostert also broke the Albert Park Supercars lap record on Lap 14 at 1m55.73s, after breaking the Adelaide track record just two weeks ago.
Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) climbed from 12th to ninth in Race 3, ensuring all four Tickford Racing cars finished in the top ten, the first time in a race since Gold Coast 2017, coincidentally the same day Mostert scored his most recent pole.
The Melbourne 400 continues Saturday with a 13-lap sprint in Race 4 at 12:50 p.m., AEDT, and another evening 25-lap Race 5 starting at 6:30.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Race 5 Quali: 1m55.22s, 14th
Race 6 Quali: 1m54.89s, 10th
Race 3 Start: 12th
Race 3 Finish: 9th
"I'm happy with the result, anytime you move forward in a race and finish in the top ten I think is not a bad day. You look at the pace of our cars, and I need to start up further. The car wasn't fantastic in traffic, but it was very quick in clean air. If we can sort quali out then we'll be up with the other boys and fighting for podiums, but at the moment, I'm just happy to be making progress."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Race 5 Quali: 1m54.52s, 2nd
Race 6 Quali: 1m54.69s, 4th
Race 3 Start: 3rd
Race 3 Finish: 3rd
"I'm stoked to get back on the podium, it's my first time doing this back to back and it's a great feeling. The first stint of the race I had a little bit of pace on Fabs (Fabian Coulthard), but the second stint he started to pull away. We didn't have enough to go for the win, but third's really good, and we're starting up front the rest of the weekend, which is where we want to be."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Race 5 Quali: 1m54.65s, 7th
Race 6 Quali: 1m54.28s, 1st
Race 3 Start: 22nd
Race 3 Finish: 5th
"I didn't expect to get back up there, to be honest. Adam (De Borre) chose a good strategy, but our real strength was just tyre life in the car, that's something we've worked pretty hard on since last year. Now we've got to try and unlock a bit of one-lap pace. We got one today, but I think we need to work a little bit harder on that. Our race pace is pretty good, and we'll look to try and use that from a bit better starting positions tomorrow."
On winning Race 6 pole:
"It's fantastic, I haven't had one since 2017, but I still don't think our qualifying car is as strong as our teammates', so we've got to work a little harder there, but I'm really happy with our race car."
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Race 5 Quali: 1m55.07s, 12th
Race 6 Quali: 1m54.75s, 6th
Race 3 Start: 4th
Race 3 Finish: 4th
"I'll definitely take P4. Obviously I lost a spot at the start, and I was quick in the early laps but I was stuck behind (Shane) van Gisbergen and that really overheated my tyres and sort of forced us into pitting earlier than we would have liked. From then on, we were just trying to hold on as much as we could, tyre degradation was very high. At the end of the race I think we held on okay, naturally we were a bit of a sitting duck, so that start turned out to be a bit crucial. We definitely learned a lot from that race, and I think we can certainly make the car a bit nicer for the races coming up."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"It's a great result for the team, to get four cars in the ten is fantastic. We've been on pace every session and the cars are doing what our drivers need them to do. The guys are still chipping away at it to close the gap to the front, but we're in the fight again and it's a real credit to the crew who have put their heart and soul into making these cars quick. We're very happy to get them some champagne and we'll work to get the more of it the rest of the weekend."