26 MAY 2019
Holdsworth to P5 in Car 5 in Race 14
Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang) capped the sixth round of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars season with a fifth place finish in Race 14. It is Holdsworth's best finish of 2019, coming from eighth starting position which was also his best of the current campaign, and vaults him into 12th in the Supercars ladder.
Close behind and concluding a respectable weekend was Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) in sixth. With the result, Waters jumps to eighth in the drivers' championship.
After a pole and runner-up on Saturday, Chaz Mostert's (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) tenth place finish on Sunday was far from straightforward. After mistakes on the first two laps saw him twice leave the circuit, Mostert was buried in 25th place. Mostert was then handed a 15-second time penalty during his Lap 29 pit stop for contact while passing Car 22 on Lap 26, further complicating his comeback. Under Safety Car conditions on Lap 58, Mostert stopped a third time for fresh tyres, and used the new Dunlop rubber to scamper into the top ten at the chequered flag, salvaging P10.
The weekend's sole Safety Car came at the expense of teammate Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang), whose Mustang ground to a halt on Lap 57 due to a transaxle failure. Davison was running seventh at the time, scuttling what would have been his tenth top ten finish of the season, and dropping him to ninth in series points.
The Supercars championship returns to action June 14-16 with its annual trip to the Northern Territory at the Darwin Triple Crown.
No. 5 The Bottle-O Ford Mustang
Practice 2: 1m19.41s, 11th
Race 14 Quali: 1m19.42s (Q3), 8th
Race 14 Finish: 5th
"I'm stoked to bring home a top five. We needed this result, for the sponsors, the team, our supporters and myself, it's a good confidence booster. Once again we've finished the weekend with a better package for me than we started with so I'm looking forward to continuing that trend next round."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Practice 2: 1m19.36s, 8th
Race 14 Quali: 1m19.50s (Q3), 9th
Race 14 Finish: 6th
"We didn't have the best car today but we maximized what we had, so I'm reasonably happy with that. We got some solid points and moved up in the championship a couple places, so all in all it was a pretty positive weekend. We'll bounce back and hopefully be back scrapping for trophies in Darwin."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Practice 2: 1m19.11s, 2nd
Race 14 Quali: 1m19.14s (Q3), 5th
Race 14 Finish: 10th
"First lap, what a balls up from me. (I was) just pretty aggressive over the kerb, the tyre pressures weren't quite up, just bucked off there and skated me a bit wide. It happens, it happens to everyone out there, but today it bit me. We obviously went on an aggressive strategy to pit early and try to get some clean air and run, and I think it was working for us...we were very lucky with the Safety Car, or we would have probably been 16th at the end. Someone was looking down on us today to put another set of tyres on and get some more points, but yeah, tough race for us."
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Practice 2: 1m19.29s, 6th
Race 14 Quali: 1m19.27s (Q3), 7th
Race 14 Finish: DNF
"Another tough result for our side of the garage and a weekend to forget unfortunately. Credit to Brendan (Hogan, engineer) and the boys, the car was pretty reasonable today, with the conditions remaining dry all day it was a bit more predictable, and we certainly had the car to stay stuck right in the top ten. Then the thing that makes the car go didn't want to go anymore and that was our done. Tough end to the weekend, but we'll just be more keen to move forward to Darwin and put this weekend behind us."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"This place is never boring, is it? Tough breaks for Chaz and Will today – had Chaz avoided his dramas and Will's transaxle stayed intact we'd probably have all four in the ten again – so it's a bit frustrating. But credit to Lee and Cam for getting the job done, and fortunately the Safety Car allowed Chaz to get a last gasp run into the ten. We certainly strive for higher than fifth and sixth, but our car pace has been pretty strong, so we'll look to build on that in Darwin."