Lee Holdsworth will join Tickford Racing for the 2019 Supercars Championship season, with the team also confirming the re-signing of The Bottle-O liquor retailer as the naming rights sponsor of the #5 Ford Mustang entry he will pilot.

The former Charlie Schwerkolt Racing driver will effectively swap seats with Mark Winterbottom, whose move to replace Holdsworth in its #18 Holden ZB Commodore was confirmed last month.

Holdsworth, a three-time race-winner in his thirteen seasons of full-time in the Supercars Championship, will be teammates to Tickford’s incumbent drivers Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters. The Campbellfield team will also run a fourth Ford Mustang in a customer partnership deal with 23Red Racing, which will field Will Davison as its driver.

The former factory Ford squad endured one of the worst campaigns in its history in 2018, claiming just one race win (Mostert at the Gold Coast 600) and a further three podium finishes (two for Mostert and one for Winterbottom).

“I’m pumped to be teaming up with Tickford Racing and The Bottle-O,” Holdsworth said. “Even though they feel they had a tough year, I believe Tickford Racing is still one of the best teams in the paddock. I’m feeling fit and driving as well as ever, so I’m ready to show what I’ve got. It’s exciting to have the support of The Bottle-O, and I look forward to rewarding them with a great 2019 season.”

Holdsworth will join Tickford Racing after four trying seasons with Charlie Schwerkolt Racing since it became a standalone team in 2015. Despite failing to claim a podium finish during this time, Tickford Racing team principal believes that the 35-year-old is the man for the job.

“Obviously we’re very pleased that Lee will be driving the new Ford Mustang,” he said. “He’s the right man for the job. He’s a good driver, a good bloke, a good fit with The Bottle-O, and we believe he will bring us great results on and off the track. He’s got something to prove in 2019, as do we. We like that he’s bullish about the coming year, and we’re excited to get him on track.”

With Tickford Racing having sacked Richie Stanaway midway through the New Zealander’s two-year deal with the team after a string of poor results, Edwards will no doubt be expecting Holdsworth to fire.

Holdsworth’s appointment means just three full-time race seats – two at Kelly Racing and the sole TEKNO Autosports drive – are still to be confirmed for the 2019 season.


2019 Australian Supercars Championship – Confirmed Entry List
# Team / Entrant Logo Car Logo Driver Flag
2. Walkinshaw Andretti United Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden ZB Commodore Scott Pye au
5. Tickford Racing Ford Mustang S550 Lee Holdsworth au
6. Tickford Racing Ford Mustang S550 Chaz Mostert au
7. Kelly Racing Kelly Racing Nissan Altima L33 TBA
8. Brad Jones Racing Holden ZB Commodore Nick Percat au
9. Erebus Motorsport Holden ZB Commodore David Reynolds au
12. DJR Team Penske Ford Mustang S550 Fabian Coulthard
14. Brad Jones Racing Holden ZB Commodore Tim Slade au
15. Kelly Racing Kelly Racing Nissan Altima L33 Rick Kelly au
17. DJR Team Penske Ford Mustang S550 Scott McLaughlin
18. Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Holden ZB Commodore Mark Winterbottom au
19. TEKNO Autosports Holden ZB Commodore TBA
21. Tim Blanchard Racing Holden ZB Commodore Macauley Jones au
22. Walkinshaw Andretti United Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden ZB Commodore James Courtney au
23. 23Red Racing Ford Mustang S550 Will Davison au
33. Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden ZB Commodore Garth Tander au
34. Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden ZB Commodore James Golding au
35. Matt Stone Racing Holden ZB Commodore Todd Hazelwood au
55. Tickford Racing Ford Mustang S550 Chaz Mostert au
78. Kelly Racing Kelly Racing Nissan Altima L33 Simona de Silvestro
88. Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden ZB Commodore Jamie Whincup au
97. Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden ZB Commodore Shane van Gisbergen
99. Erebus Motorsport Holden ZB Commodore Anton de Pasquale au
TBA Kelly Racing Kelly Racing Nissan Altima L33 TBA

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