Tickford Racing has inked a partnership deal with 23Red Racing that will see it prepare a fourth Ford Mustang for the 2019 Supercars Championship season.
The deal will see the one-car 23Red Racing squad move from its current Kilsyth base into Tickford Racing’s Campbellfield headquarters, expanding a customer partnership that started in 2018 when the new 23Red Racing outfit purchased a Tickford-built Ford Falcon package.
The 23Red Racing outfit was born from the buy-out of the struggling Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport team at the end of 2017, with team owner Phil Munday signing star driver Davison and title sponsor Milwaukee Tools.
Davison impressively outscored Tickford regulars Cam Waters and Richie Stanaway during the 2018 season, which saw its four-car stable claim just one win and a further three podium finishes all season at the hands of Chaz Mostert and Mark Winterbottom.
Davison will effectively return to the Tickford Racing stable, following a three-year stint between 2011-13 with the team under its Ford Performance Racing guise.
The new arrangement will ostensibly see Tickford Racing continue to operate as a four-car stable, with the 23Red Racing entry replacing the Tickford-owned #56 Racing Entitlements Contract it entered for Stanaway that it handed back to Supercars at the end of the current season.
The announcement would further indicate the uncertainty of Stanaway’s future with Tickford Racing. The New Zealander was awarded a full-time drive with the squad for 2018 after impressive showings as a co-driver in 2017, but has suffered a nightmare rookie campaign that saw him finish 25th in the Drivers’ Championship standings with just a single top-ten finish.
While Tickford Racing’s #5 entry formerly driven by long-term driver Mark Winterbottom remains vacant – the veteran will move to Charlie Schwerkolt Racing next year – it is expected that former CRS driver Lee Holdsworth will claim the drive in an effective driver swap.
|2019 Australian Supercars Championship – Confirmed Entry List|
|#||Team / Entrant||Logo||Car||Logo||Driver||Flag|
|2.||Walkinshaw Andretti United||Holden ZB Commodore||Scott Pye|
|5.||Tickford Racing||Ford Mustang S550||TBA|
|6.||Tickford Racing||Ford Mustang S550||Chaz Mostert|
|7.||Kelly Racing||Nissan Altima L33||TBA|
|8.||Brad Jones Racing||Holden ZB Commodore||Nick Percat|
|9.||Erebus Motorsport||Holden ZB Commodore||David Reynolds|
|12.||DJR Team Penske||Ford Mustang S550||Fabian Coulthard|
|14.||Brad Jones Racing||Holden ZB Commodore||Tim Slade|
|15.||Kelly Racing||Nissan Altima L33||Rick Kelly|
|17.||DJR Team Penske||Ford Mustang S550||Scott McLaughlin|
|18.||Charlie Schwerkolt Racing||Holden ZB Commodore||Mark Winterbottom|
|19.||TEKNO Autosports||Holden ZB Commodore||TBA|
|21.||Tim Blanchard Racing||Holden ZB Commodore||Macauley Jones|
|22.||Walkinshaw Andretti United||Holden ZB Commodore||James Courtney|
|23.||23Red Racing||Ford Mustang S550||Will Davison|
|33.||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Holden ZB Commodore||Garth Tander|
|34.||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Holden ZB Commodore||James Golding|
|35.||Matt Stone Racing||Holden ZB Commodore||Todd Hazelwood|
|55.||Tickford Racing||Ford Mustang S550||Chaz Mostert|
|78.||Kelly Racing||Nissan Altima L33||Simona de Silvestro|
|88.||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Holden ZB Commodore||Jamie Whincup|
|97.||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Holden ZB Commodore||Shane van Gisbergen|
|99.||Erebus Motorsport||Holden ZB Commodore||Anton de Pasquale|
|TBA||Kelly Racing||Nissan Altima L33||TBA|
Image via Will Davison