13 MAR 2019
Grand Prix, grand opportunity awaits at Melbourne 400
The 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship continues this weekend with round two of the season taking place at the Melbourne 400, supporting the Australian Grand Prix. It is the second time in which Supercars will compete for championship points, with four races spread across the weekend.
After notching two top tens in the season-opening Adelaide 500, Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) enters the weekend fourth in the overall championship, the top within the team.
Having opened his 2019 campaign with a second place finish in Race 2, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) comes into the weekend seventh in the championship, looking to continue the positive momentum gained in Sunday's race two weeks ago.
Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) looks to rebound after a frustrating Race 2 in Adelaide, while Lee Holdsworth's (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) hopes are high as he continues to gel with his new car and team.
The Superloop Adelaide 500 gets underway with first practice at 12:50 p.m., AEDT Thursday. Race 3 and 4 qualifying take place Thursday afternoon, with Race 3 from Friday, Races 4 and 5 on Saturday, and Race 6 on Sunday afternoon.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
"It's always good to race in front of the Formula One paddock, it's cool that we race for points these days as part of our championship and be a part of such a huge event. I'm getting more and more comfortable in The Bottle-O Mustang, and I feel like the Tickford cars will be strong there, and I'm hoping to capitalise on that this weekend."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
"I'm excited to get to the Grand Prix, especially after a good result in Adelaide. We're looking to keep building on that podium and keep the momentum going. I really enjoy the track, it's fast and has some high commitment corners which I like, and it's a home event for the team so we're looking forward to doing well in our hometown."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
"It'll be good to get back in the car this weekend, Adelaide didn't quite go to plan, obviously, for us so our camp is keen to rebuild some momentum. Fortunately the car pace was good in Adelaide and we've had some strong runs at Grand Prix in the past so hopefully we're in for a good weekend. That said we're still learning this car a bit and it's a completely different track to Adelaide, the team have been hard at it, so we'll see if we can get the Supercheap Auto Mustang up the front."
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
"I'm super excited to get back in the car, I really enjoyed Adelaide and being back here in this organisation with Tickford and 23Red Racing. I think there's a good morale in the team, we're all pumped to go a completely new style of circuit. Very different demands on the car, so we're keen to put the Mustang through its paces at Albert Park and see if we can get a handle on it around this type of track. It's a really important weekend, obviously. I love the Grand Prix weekend, I love Formula One, I'm pulling double duties as well with the Formula One two-seater, so it's a busy weekend for me, but obviously Supercars is wholly and solely the priority. Certainly we're going in with a little more confidence than Adelaide, we can hopefully start setting those goals a little bit higher."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"We're looking forward to the weekend, the Grand Prix is always a big deal and even more so for us now with it counting towards the championship. It's also in our backyard so while it's nice to sleep in your own bed we'd really like to have a good showing. Albert Park's a much different circuit from Adelaide, and the races are much shorter so the approach to this event is a bit different in some ways. The team are feeling good after Adelaide and have been working hard, so hopefully we'll be right up the front all weekend."