06 JUL 2019
Chaz tastes champagne with third in Race 17
After a trying Friday at the Townsville 400, Chaz Mostert (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) recovered to a front row start and third place finish in Race 17 on the streets of Townsville on Saturday. It is Mostert's 47th career podium, seventh of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars season, and his first at the North Queensland venue.
Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) managed seventh place in the 70-lap race, his 12th top ten of the season, ahead of Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) in tenth, recording his fourth consecutive finish in the top ten.
It was a challenging day for Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang), whose struggles with car pace were compounded by a prolonged first pit stop on Lap 25 while the crew made adjustments to the car. Upon exiting pit lane, Waters made contact with Car 100, earning a 15-second penalty at his second stop. Waters ultimately finished 21st.
The Townsville 400 concludes Sunday with Race 18 qualifying at 10:35 a.m. AEST, followed by a Top Ten Shootout at 12:20 p.m. to determine the order of the first five rows. Like Saturday's Race 17, Sunday's Race 18 begins at 3:10 p.m. and is 70 laps in length.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Practice 3: 1m12.58, 4th
Race 17 Quali: 1m12.40s, 7th
Race 17 Finish: 10th
"We recovered from a bad start, but we struggled for balance and struggled for tyre life. We've got a bit of work to do overnight to find some pace, but we've got one car that was pretty speedy today, which was good. Hopefully we can learn something from that and apply it to our cars for tomorrow."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 3: 1m12.85s, 11th
Race 17 Quali: 1m12.53s, 9th
Race 17 Finish: 21st
"A day to forget obviously. We kind of struggled with a bit of pace and tyre life, and we tried to do a change on the first stop which took a bit longer and kind of changed our strategy, and then I got caught up coming out of pit lane on cold tyres with Rick (Kelly). He moved a little and kind of wigged me out and I locked a brake reacting. It is what it is, I had a bit of damage and obviously got a penalty from it, so a tough day at the office."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Practice 3: 1m12.64s, 6th
Race 17 Quali: 1m12.22s, 2nd
Race 17 Finish: 3rd
"I'm super pumped to get a trophy here, I've been trying for a lot of years, and always seemed to come up short, so I got the monkey off my back. I'm a lot of years into my career, but this has always been the one to get away from us. For me, I had a pretty reasonable start, running a bit of a different, wild card, a bit like Jamie (Whincup) this weekend. (It probably has) better qualifying pace, but the race car we'll have to make a little bit better. Overall, it seemed pretty quick, I just couldn't quite hang onto these guys (Scott McLaughlin and Whincup) as much as I'd like to, and overall I...pat the guys on the back. I think they've done a pretty good job with the mentality of going forward."
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Practice 3: 1m12.84s, 10th
Race 17 Quali: 1m12.33s, 5th
Race 17 Finish:7th
"A very tough race. I had a good start, but just struggled with balance, and it's a very punishing track if you don't have the balance right. It was a long old slog, I'm just happy to bring it home. Certainly it was a disappointing race, and we need to make some changes to make the car kinder on the tyres, and some other things we need to work on."
Rod Nash, co-owner
"It was certainly a street race today, it's great to be on the podium and finally get one here for Chaz, but it wasn't without its challenges. It's very hard luck for Cam, who just had one of those days, and Lee and Will both had their battles. It was a tough day for everyone, and we've got some work to do overnight, but 12 months ago we'd have been thrilled with these results, and it's credit to the team. Hard work got us back up towards the front, and that's what will keep us up there."