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JUL 7, 2024 | By Ford Performance

Mustang Supercars Win Back-To-Back at the Townsville 500

Cam Waters Celebration Burnout in Mustang Supercar

Townsville, Queensland, July 7 2024 – The most successful weekend for the Ford Mustang since the start of the Gen3 era in the Australian Supercars Championship produced silverware and smiles at the Townsville 500.

There were back-to-back wins and a swag of successes across the 10 Mustangs that dominated the twin 88-lap races in far-north Queensland.

All five Mustang outfits got at least one car into the pair of Top 10 Shootouts across the weekend, although drivers had to survive everything from a tropical downpour in the Saturday race, to split strategies on Sunday’s showdown.

Youngster Matt Payne broke through for his first win of the season on Sunday after Cam Waters took the top prize on Saturday afternoon.

Chaz Mostert was on the podium on both days as three teams - Grove Racing, Tickford and Walkinshaw Andretti United - fought a blue battle for bragging rights.

“Awesome to have a Ford lock-out,” Mostert said after Mustangs swept the podium on Sunday.

“I don’t want to be winning one race a season. I want to be winning a lot,” said Payne.

The Townsville tussles were races 13 and 14 of the Supercars championship, which is now past the halfway point and into the build-up to the Sandown and Bathurst endurance classics.

Ford squads sit second through fifth in the teams’ championship, with WAU just ahead of Tickford and Grove.

The 2024 Supercars championship continues with the Sydney Supernight from July 19-21.

 

Top Ford Race Results

Race 1:

Cam Waters - 1st

Chaz Mostert - 2nd

Matt Payne - 4th

Thomas Randle - 5th

Will Davison - 8th

Race 2:

Matt Payne - 1st

Cam Waters - 2nd

Chaz Mostert - 3rd

Thomas Randle - 5th

Ryan Wood - 6th  

Team Owner/Principal Quotes

Rod Nash, Tickford Racing

  • “A great weekend. Both drivers were strong, and Cam’s win and two podiums was a great reward. Thomas Randle was also up there.”
  • “We let our guard down in Darwin, but we got back on track, and we can now look ahead to Sydney Motorsport Park.”
  • “We got a big bag of points this weekend and we’re focussing on the small stuff internally to stay on track.”

Stephen Grove, Grove Racing

  • “This proves we can win. It means so much for the team. It’s all about belief.”
  • “A good win, that one. It was a good team effort and Matty Payne drove great.”
  • “The weekend for us was tough. We had a lot of things thrown at us that we needed to get sorted. But I’m proud of how everyone pulled together.”
  • “We've just got to get some one-lap speed and consistency. We need to start moving forward. We’re learning and building all the time.”

Carl Faux, Walkinshaw Andretti United

  • “We can’t be too disappointed to come away with two podiums. We didn’t roll out of the truck very strong, but to turn the weekend around was mega for the team.”
  • “It was a pretty eventful weekend. We had a couple of mistakes in the pitlane when we lost track position with a cross-threaded wheel nut.”
  • “Ryan Wood also had a lot of damage on Saturday so never got to show his true speed despite some great overtaking and tyre use, but we had pretty good car pace all weekend and Chazzie did a great job.”
  • “A lot happened in the Saturday race, and you would have thought it was boring with the top two on the grid finishing in the same spots. But it was mega.”
  • “My next priority is Tassie, which is the next time we’re on the super-soft tyre. We’ve got Sydney in a couple of weeks’ time, then a test, so a lot happening.”

Tim Blanchard, Blanchard Racing

  • “We’ve got a few positives to take out of the weekend. Having James qualify third for the Sunday race was fantastic.”
  • “We’re making changes and working to improve things. We’re still lacking a bit of race pace, so there is some homework there.”
  • “We were not fast enough to take a step forward this weekend, but we’re taking it week-by-week and race-by-race.”
  • “Next time out is Sydney Motorsport Park, just up the road from Penrith where James grew up. So, it’s his home race and we plan to have a few improvements by then.”

David Noble, Dick Johnson Racing

  • “It’s been frustrating. We keep putting the cars into the Top 10 and getting a reasonable grid spot, but not converting in the races.”
  • “We’re part-way there, but part-way is not good enough. That’s not going to win races or championships for us.”
  • “We have to replicate our best pace on a regular basis. Keep digging into the data. Look at the best parts of what we’re achieving and keep moving forward.”

Ford Driver Championship Standings

 

3. Chaz Mostert, 1341 points

4. Cam Waters, 1126

5. Matt Payne, 1065

7. Will Davison, 972

10. Thomas Randle, 940

12. Richie Stanaway, 889

14. Anton De Pasquale, 862

17. Ryan Wood, 760

18. James Courtney, 692

23. Aaron Love, 517

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