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Tickford Racing
26 NOV 2018
Mostert P7 in Falcon's finale, Frosty 13th
In the final race of the Ford Falcon's illustrious history, Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X) finished seventh in Race 31 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, the final race of the 2018 season. Leading the team for a vast majority of the season, Mostert finishes sixth in the overall championship.

At the end of his 13th and final season with Tickford Racing Mark Winterbottom (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X) finished 13th, securing 12th in the season championship. Monster Energy Racing's Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X) concluded his 2018 with a 14thplace finish in Race 31, while rookie Richie Stanaway (No. 56 RABBLE.club Ford Falcon FG X) finished his rookie season with a 23rd place finish.

Race 31 concludes the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars season, and the storied tenure of the Ford Falcon model. In 2019 the Ford Mustang makes its Supercars debut, starting with the Adelaide 500, February 28 March 3, 2019.

DRIVERS' VIEW

No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X
Mark Winterbottom
Race 31 Quali: 1m10.99s, 18th
Top Ten Shootout: n/a
Race 31 Finish: 13th
"We moved forward again today which was good, but we didn't have the pace to do much more today. It's a frustrating way to end it, but more than anything I'm just glad for 13 great seasons with this team. We've had our highs and lows, but Tickford has been my home for the majority of my career, it's a bit sad to see it come to an end. I'm excited for the future, but I'm very thankful for all we've been able to accomplish together during my time here."

No. 100 Monster Energy Ford Falcon FG X
Cameron Waters
Race 31 Quali: 1m10.69s, 11th
Top Ten Shootout: n/a
Race 31 Finish: 14th
"Obviously qualifying was a bit frustrating, just .02 out of the Shootout, but we didn't have the car we needed today. Our pace wasn't too great and the strategy couldn't get us any further up, so it's a disappointing end to the year. All in all, thanks to the team for their effort all year. It's been a pretty challenging season, but we recovered from a pretty poor start to the year and have had some good results later on. Hopefully we can use that to launch us into 2019 and come out swinging."

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FG X
Chaz Mostert
Race 31 Quali: 1m10.83s, 14th
Top Ten Shootout: n/a
Race 31 Finish: 7th
"We had a good strategy thanks to Adam (DeBorre) to help us get track position, and the car was all right enough that we could stay in the ten and come back seventh. Not the best day, but in saying that we've had much worse. It was a very tough year for us, but we came back sixth in the championship and third in the teams', so you take the good with the bad. I wish we could have ended the year a little better, but it just makes you want to start the next year better."

No. 56 RABBLE.club Ford Falcon FG X:
Richie Stanaway
Race 31 Quali: 1m11.47s, 26th
Top Ten Shootout: n/a
Race 31 Finish: 23rd
"Not much to today, really. Unfortunately I made a mistake in quali and put it in the fence, and that put us further behind than we already were. Our car wasn't great, and we held out for a Safety Car in the race that never came, so that was really our race and we finished down the order. This year definitely didn't go to plan, but I've learned a lot, and hopefully can make next year much better."

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"It's a bit of a tough way to end the season, with no real happy story to cheer on, but there is a lot to be happy about. We overcame a lot of challenges and are still P3 in the championship, so we had an awful year but will move up pit lane next year, and of course there's plenty of excitement about Mustang, we can't wait to get it on track.

At the same time we need to acknowledge the career Frosty has had here. He's one of the best in the history of this sport, and has been just as good off the track as he is on it. We'll miss having him in our garage, but wish him the best moving forward."


DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES

Thomas Randle (No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X) concluded his rookie season of Super2 competition in Race 16 early Sunday afternoon, a race that was abandoned after seven laps due to an incident on track that damaged circuit barriers. Randle had qualified 14th for the season finale, and since no points were awarded for Race 16, retains 11th in the overall championship to end his first season of tin top racing in Australia.

No. 5 Skye Sands Ford Falcon FG X
Thomas Randle
Race 16 Quali: 1m12.95s, 13th
Race 16 Finish: NC
"Today was pretty challenging again, not the way I wanted to end my rookie season. We struggled in qualifying this morning so we started 13th in the Skye Sands Falcon. I lost some ground on the start but never got a chance to make it up due to the red flag, so it's a sort of frustrating end to the year. Still, I learned a ton this season, my first season tin top racing in Australia. I can't thank Patto (David Patterson, engineer), the team, Rusty French, enough. It's been a fantastic experience racing here, and I hope to be back in 2019."
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