13 JUN 2019
Tickford Racing's season heats up at Hidden Valley
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship returns to action this weekend in the Northern Territory with the Darwin Triple Crown June 14-16, round seven on the 2019 calendar.
After a pole and podium at the previous round in Winton, Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) leads the team into the weekend sitting sixth in the drivers' championship order. Mostert has five previous top five finishes at the Hidden Valley Raceway circuit.
Having strung together a pair of solid, problem-free rounds, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) has risen to eighth in the championship as he makes his fourth appearance at the championship's northernmost venue.
Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) is just two points behind Waters and sits ninth in the championship, looking to bounce back from a mechanical failure in Winton's Sunday race forcing his first DNF of 2019.
Coming off a season-best fifth place finish and an overall positive weekend at Winton, Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) is keen to get back on track and continue his trajectory that has seen him cross the line in the top ten in each of the last four races.
On-track action from the Darwin BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown begins Friday, June 14 with two practice sessions ahead of Races 15 and 16 on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday's grid will be determined by a Top Ten Shootout, the first Shootout since the season-opening round in Adelaide and part of the elusive Triple Crown.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
"Always love getting back up to Darwin and the heat after the cold Melbourne weather. The heat also plays a big part in our weekend with track grip and driver fatigue, which makes for a challenging event. We made further gains with The Bottle-O car last round so I'm looking forward to getting back on track to push for more results."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
"Darwin's always a fun event I look forward to, it's a great place to visit and a tough track to race. Winton was okay for us so we just want to keep making gains with our package, and I think we'll be able to do that this weekend. The heat and humidity challenge our fitness as drivers, but I felt I handled the heat in Adelaide pretty well so I feel ready to have a good run this weekend."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
"It'll be good to get back on track, and Darwin's one of the best places to be this time of year, so I'm looking forward to the weekend. We've got some momentum going in our Supercheap Auto camp, so hopefully we can keep plucking away and get a bit closer to the pointy end. We had a tough go there last year so we'd really like to come out of the weekend with some good results."
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
"Good to be back at the track this weekend, and I'm excited to get back to work with the 23Red boys. I think everyone in the paddock enjoys Darwin, it's one of the better stops on the calendar and an event we all look forward to. Obviously Winton had a bit of a sour finish for us, so I'm looking forward to putting that behind us. Overall we're very pleased with the car we've had this year, and remain confident we can run at the front this weekend as well."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"Just about everyone looks forward to Darwin, even if it's just to get out of the Melbourne cold for a few days. It's a great event for the sport and the state, and after a few lean years there hopefully a great event for us in terms of results. We're clicking along pretty well at the moment, aside from the odd miscue here and there we're happy with the way things are tracking, and we'll be hard at it this weekend to try and keep it that way."