Tickford Racing’s 2020 Supercars Championship driving line-up has now been finalised, with Jack Le Brocq confirmed to replace the Walkinshaw Andretti United-bound Chaz Mostert.
The 27-year-old has reportedly been signed to a multi-year deal which will see him race the outfit’s #55 Ford Mustang which will have renewed support from Supercheap Auto.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be coming back to Tickford Racing, and am very excited to be driving the Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang in 2020,” said Le Brocq.
“To have an opportunity with one of the sport’s top teams is amazing, and to be partnered with Supercheap Auto is a great honour.
“My first two years in the championship have been a rollercoaster at times, but I’ve learned heaps and can’t wait to apply it all to the Ford Mustang next year.
“Tickford has had a great 2019 season, and I certainly want to add to that in 2020, so we’ll be head down this off-season to get me up to speed when we hit the track in Adelaide.”
With Mostert’s departure from Tickford one of the worst-kept secrets of the 2019-2020 ‘silly season’, Le Brocq has long been touted as his replacement. He has endured a particularly difficult second seat at TEKNO Autosports struggling with an outdated a little-developed Holden Commodore and suffered a very public falling-out with team owner Jonathon Webb.
He will race alongside Cameron Waters, Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison (in the satellite 23Red Racing entry) next year.
Le Brocq previously raced for Tickford, then under its former Prodrive Racing guise, in the feeder Super2 Series and finished as runner-up to Garry Jacobson. He also served as a Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver to Cameron Waters, with the pair achieving a best finish of fourth at that year’s Bathurst 1000.
Tickford Racing team principal Tim Edwards spoke highly of Le Brocq’s potential and drew comparisons with one of its former drivers, Mark Winterbottom.
“We’re very excited to have Jack coming aboard, and are delighted to have re-signed Supercheap Auto as a naming rights partner,” said Edwards.
“Jack is someone we’re well familiar with and have followed for a long time. We enjoyed working with him in Super2 so to bring him back into the fold at the main game level is really positive for the both of us.
“Our fans will remember back in 2005 we signed a young Mark Winterbottom who had a tough first two years in the championship, and that turned out quite well. We see similar potential in Jack, we know he has ability in the car, and with the right people and resources we believe he can run up the front, and we look forward to providing that in 2020.”
|2020 Australian Supercars Championship – Predicted Entry List|
|DJR Team Penske||Fabian Coulthard||Scott McLaughlin|
|Triple Eight Race Engineering||Jamie Whincup||Shane van Gisbergen|
|Erebus Motorsport||David Reynolds||Anton de Pasquale|
|Tickford Racing||Cameron Waters||Lee Holdsworth|
|Tickford Racing||Jack Le Brocq|
|23Red Racing (Tickford Racing)||Will Davison|
|Brad Jones Racing||Nick Percat||Todd Hazelwood
|Brad Jones Racing||Jack Smith|
|Tim Blanchard Racing (BJR)||Macauley Jones|
|Kelly Racing||Rick Kelly||Andre Heimgartner|
|Team 18||Mark Winterbottom||Scott Pye|
|Matt Stone Racing||Garry Jacobson*||TBA|
|TEKNO / One World||James Courtney||TBA|
|Walkinshaw Andretti United||Chaz Mostert||Bryce Fullwood*|
* To be officially confirmed, but considered highly likely
Images via TEKNO Autosport and Tickford Racing
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