01 Dec 2018
Tickford Racing will remain, essentially, a four-car outfit in the 2019 Supercars Championship Series, but with a new look composition.
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23Red Racing – better known as Milwaukee Racing with its 2018 Falcon Supercar driven by Will Davison – will enter the Tickford fold as effectively the team’s fourth car.
It comes following the departure of Mark Winterbottom, whose defection to Team18 for 2019 was confirmed prior to the end of the season.
It means Davison rejoins the team he drove for between 2011 and 2013 – when it ran under the Ford Performance Racing moniker.
“We’re excited to have 23Red Milwaukee Racing join Tickford Racing from 2019,” Tickford co-owner Rod Nash said.
“We’ve built a strong relationship with them over the past year (as a customer), and we expect to continue to build on that as we bring our teams together.
“Phil (Munday – 23Red Owner) brings a great energy to the team. He and I have known each other for over 20 years, and he’s been a great supporter of the RNR (Rod Nash Racing) entry over the years.
“We think his involvement will help us get back to the success we’re accustomed to having and we look forward to achieving that success together."
While Davison will run the fourth Mustang out of Campbellfield, the final composition of the team remains to be seen.
Rumour abounds that rookie Richie Stanaway and TIckford will part ways, after the Kiwi said the team would have to undergo “massive changes” to keep him interested in remaining at the team.
If Stanaway departs, it appears Lee Holdsworth (the man Winterbottom replaced at Team18) and Jack LeBrocq are in the mix to step into the Tickford line-up.
Tickford Racing and 23Red Racing will debut their new Ford Mustangs at the Superloop Adelaide 500 from 28 February to 3 March 2019.