11 MAR 2020
Tickford prepares for home ground racing in Melbourne
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship heads to Round 2 of its 2020 campaign this weekend at the Melbourne 400, contested in support of the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne's Albert Park. Following a positive first round at the season opening Adelaide 500, Tickford Racing enters the event with three of its four drivers in the top seven of the drivers' championship, and both garages in the top four of the teams' championship.
Equal on points after two races, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) and Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) enter the weekend tied for fourth in the championship. Waters scored a podium in Race 2 while Davison finished fifth and fourth in the season's first two races, highlighting a strong weekend overall for the team. Both were regular podium contenders in Melbourne in 2019, and aim to continue their strong starts to the season.
Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) heads into Melbourne seventh in the championship after 12th and sixth place finishes in Adelaide, and enters the weekend confident he can run at the front after finding pace in the Truck Assist Mustang on Sunday in South Australia.
Following his first race weekend with the team, Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) continues to build confidence in his Tickford Mustang, and with four races ahead at Albert Park is optimistic further successes can be on the cards this weekend.
The Melbourne 400 takes place March 12-15 with a weekend format unique on the Supercars calendar. All four races will be 100-kilometres in length and require cars to use both the hard and soft compound of Dunlop tyre, a first for the category since 2015. Each race will be worth 75 points to win, and the driver who accrues the most points across the weekend will be awarded the Larry Perkins Trophy, which Chaz Mostert won for the team in 2019. Practice for the Melbourne 400 begins Thursday.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
"I'm really looking forward to the weekend, we made a very good step on Sunday in Adelaide with the direction of my car, and I feel a lot more confident heading into this event. Tyre strategy is going to be really important this weekend, but if we can get it right in qualifying that gives us an advantage with track position, so hopefully we can get the Truck Assist Ford Mustang up to speed in practice and nail it in qualifying to set us up well for the weekend."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
"We had a good round at the Grand Prix last year, I qualified quite well and was able to convert those into a couple podiums, which was very good for us. Obviously I'm looking forward to racing there again this year, it's always cool to be on the F1 stage. The format this weekend is going to be quite interesting, so we'll see how that plays out, qualifying is always important, but both strategy and tyre management in the races will be big as well. Hopefully we can nail those bits and with a strong car continue the strong start to the year that we had from Adelaide."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
"It should be good, it's a chance to get some more miles under my belt and build on what we learned in Adelaide. We had a good first round, it started to show towards the end of that weekend, so the confidence is going to keep building as the weekend goes on at the Grand Prix. It's an awesome circuit, I like being there. It's going to be challenging with the qualifying format and especially the racing with both tyre compounds being used. It will be interesting to see how everyone handles it, and I'm looking forward to it."
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
"We definitely want to continue our strong start to the year, I'm hanging to get racing. A very different circuit to Adelaide, I enjoyed the first event, but I'm pretty keen to put a few of my wrongs right. I'm a bit annoyed to miss a trophy in Adelaide, but this week's another opportunity for us to learn this new package as a team. It's a crazy format, obviously four races here, 100 kilometres with dual tyre compounds, we haven't done that in quite a few years, it's going to be an interesting event with the short and sharp format. I've been feeling really good in the car so far this year, so I'm pumped to get going."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"We feel like we have some momentum coming out of Adelaide and we're ready to build on that strong start this weekend. The big talking point for everyone is the format and using both tyre compounds in the race, and with the short qualifying sessions the engineers have a lot to look at in terms of strategy. If we can get off on the right foot and capitalise on our opportunities we should be able to come away from the weekend with some good points and hopefully a few trophies."