Jacks up and down weekend at The Bend
No.55 SCA Tickford Mustang
With the Supercars championship staying in South Australia for a second weekend the racing was set to resume at The Bend Motorsport Park but with a twist. The track layout was to change to the West Circuit which is a shorter technical 3.41 Km circuit which none of the drivers had any competi-tive race time on. Jack gave his view going into the weekend, “I’m looking forward to the challenge this weekend. Obviously, it’s a different layout but our car was pretty good last weekend so we’ll try and back it up this weekend. Mainly we’re focused on taking another step forward with our car and continuing to build on the progress we’ve made the last few rounds.”
Practice kicked off on Saturday with Le Brocq's Mustang supported by Bendix setting competitive session times with a best 1m15.65s lap. When qualifying arrived, Jack was ready and put in a crack-ing time which saw him P4 for race 28 of the Championship.
The No. 55 got a blinding start jumping his teammate Cam (Walters) and the 888 Car of Shane (SVG) to head into turn one in second place behind Championship leader Scott (McLaughlin) in the DJR Penske Mustang. Jack maintained his pace into the second half of the race but was jumped by Shane in the Holden after the round of pit stops. Jack seemed to be heading for a podium posi-tion when a mechanical gremlin caused the car to lose power and eventually the position to his teammate Cam in the Monster Energy Mustang. Jack soldiered on to a 4th in the race and a solid haul of Championship points.
Jack looked back on the day's action, “I had an awesome start and we got up to P2, which was quite good. We came in early and tried to do the undercut to get ahead of Scott (McLaughlin) and obviously that didn’t work out, but fourth is really good. The Supercheap Auto Mustang was on fire, the engine coughed in the middle of the race because it’s so cold, that rattled me up a little bit but we pressed on, and I’m still over the moon to bring it back fourth. I can’t thank the guys enough.”
Tim Edwards also weighed in on a successful day for Tickford Racing, “Cam and Jack drove really well today, as did JC. To have three cars in the top seven, you take those days whenever you can get them. We’ll see what more we can conjure up overnight and go again tomorrow, hopefully for some more silverware.”
Tim also discussed Le Brocq’s engine cough: “It’s just so bloody cold here, the engines don’t get much temperature in them, that cough was a product of the engine just being relatively cold. It’s pretty rare but a fairly easy fix so we have no concerns about it heading into tomorrow.”
As per the program, Sunday's started with the two-morning qualifying sessions with Jack posting qualifying times that put him 14th and 17th on the grid for the day's races. Unfortunately, the poor qualifying put paid to Sunday’s racing with Jack finishing Race 29 in 13th position and the last race of the weekend (Race 30) in 19th position.
A slightly dejected Le Brocq summarised the day, “Tough day for us. Not much really went our way today, we couldn’t quite get the tyre to work in quali so we started down the back and that never ends well. We just needed to find some quali pace, our race car was pretty good but when you start where we did it’s hard to do much with it, especially when you end up being the pinball in those scraps. We’ll move on to Bathurst and have a crack, but congrats to Cam on the win, it’s great for the team.”
The Tickford Racing Team will now enjoy a small break but also work hard to prepare the cars for the biggest and final race of the year, the SuperCheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on the 15-18th of Octo-ber.