Tickford Racing (formerly known as Prodrive Racing Australia and Ford Performance Racing) is an Australian motor racing team which competes in the Supercars Championship. The team currently campaigns three Ford Mustangs, with their current drivers being Jack Le Brocq, Cameron Waters and James Courtney. Tickford Racing also competes in the Super2 Series with Zak Best.

The team has won the Bathurst 1000 twice, in 2013 (Winterbottom/Richards) and in 2014 (Mostert/Morris). They have won the driver's championship once, in 2015 with Mark Winterbottom.

History

2000s

In December 2002, Prodrive purchased Glenn Seton Racing, and renamed it Ford Performance Racing as part of a marketing push to link the Prodrive-owned Ford Performance Vehicles road car range to the popular V8 Supercars. Along with this renaming came a huge expansion programme – the team expanded from one car driven by Glenn Seton to three; Seton, Craig Lowndes and David Besnard. The team moved into a new headquarters adjacent to the FPV factory in Campbellfield, Melbourne, and the crew expanded as well. The third car was entered using Rod Nash Racing's Racing Entitlement Contract (REC). While other teams such had received major Ford support in the years since, it became the first official Ford factory team since the Ford Works Team of 1962 to 1973.

The team's early years were somewhat disappointing, given the fact the team was one of the best funded in V8 Supercars. Lowndes had his moments in 2003, including a round win at Phillip Island, and a second-place finish at Bathurst driving with Seton. Lowndes finished the year 5th in the championship, with Seton and Besnard well down the order. In 2004, the team downsized to two cars. Lowndes and Seton both had disappointing years, plagued by engine dramas, a lack of test days, and a lack of comparable data (their cars were built to different specifications). While the pair did start to find some pace at the end of the year (they finished second at Bathurst again), they both decided to move at the end of the year – Lowndes to Triple Eight Race Engineering and Seton to Dick Johnson Racing.

Jason Bright and Greg Ritter joined for the 2005 season. Bright had a consistent year, and finished inside the top 10, while Ritter was disappointing, David Brabham replaced him for the final two rounds. In 2006, Mark Winterbottom joined the team. Bright scored multiple front-row starts, including three pole positions. He won the inaugural round in Bahrain, the Desert 400, and came 6th in the championship. Winterbottom enjoyed a very consistent run to finish third in the championship. The pair won the Sandown 500. FPR came second in the team's championship behind the HSV Dealer Team.

Bright left FPR at the end of the 2006 season to drive for his own Britek Motorsport outfit, with Steven Richards recruited to replace him. The team continued to take the challenge to the front-running teams. The most disappointing moment in 2007 was when Winterbottom left the circuit late in the race while leading at Bathurst. In 2008 Winterbottom challenged for the championship, but Jamie Whincup managed to finish the championship ahead of Winterbottom while Richards finished 8th.

In 2009, the new FG Falcon was debuted. While Triple Eight already had the speed, FPR struggled with only one win from Mark Winterbottom during the season with Steven Richards finishing a best of 3rd. The team also struggled at Bathurst again with the No. 6 car driven by Winterbottom and Richards caught fire on lap 50 while the second car driven by Dean Canto and Luke Youlden crashed late in the race. Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards finished 5th and 13th in the championship.

2010s

In 2010, Winterbottom finished 3rd and Richards 15th. For 2011, Will Davison replaced Richards, who was retained as an endurance co-driver for Winterbottom. Winterbottom finished in 3rd place for the championship while Davison finished in 7th. In 2012, FPR were strong challengers for the championship, Winterbottom finishing 3rd with Davison finishing 4th.

In January 2013, the team was sold by Prodrive to Rusty French and Rod Nash.[1] In the 2013 season, Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards won the Bathurst 1000. Davison finished the season in third, Winterbottom fourth. Chaz Mostert joined the team in 2014, replacing Will Davison. FPR won the 2014 Bathurst 1000 with Mostert partnered by Paul Morris.

In 2015, Ford Performance Racing was renamed as Prodrive Racing Australia, as a result of Ford's decision to progressively withdraw its V8 Supercars support by 2016. The team introduced the Ford FG X Falcon, the first new Falcon since 2009. After a slow start, the team achieved considerable success in the next section of the season, with eleven out of fifteen race wins between the third event (the Perth Super Sprint) and the eighth event (the Sydney Motorsport Park Super Sprint). Winterbottom, co-driving with Steve Owen, then went on to win the 2015 Wilson Security Sandown 500, leading home a team one-two with Mostert and Cameron Waters in second. It was the team's first win at the event since 2006. At the 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Mostert had a substantial crash in Friday qualifying, ruling his car out for the weekend and himself out for the rest of the season. This left Winterbottom with a large championship lead entering the final rounds, and while he didn't win another race after Sandown, Winterbottom held on to win his, and the team's first drivers' championship. The team was leading the teams' championship until the final round, in which it was overtaken by long-time rivals Triple Eight.

In 2016, Mostert[2] was moved to customer team Rod Nash Racing for sponsorship purposes, with Cameron Waters joining the team full-time in car No. 6 alongside defending champion Winterbottom. The team only won 2 races, both with Winterbottom who finished the championship in 6th place. Waters finished his first season in 19th, with his best finish being 4th place at the Bathurst 1000 with Jack Le Brocq. In 2017 the team continued with the same driver lineup, with its only race win being the Sandown 500 with Waters and co-driver Richie Stanaway. Winterbottom finished the championship in 6th, while Waters finished in 8th place.

In 2018, the team was rebranded as Tickford Racing, with Stanaway joining the team in car No. 56. The Rod Nash Racing REC was moved to the team with Mostert, officially making Tickford Racing a 4 car team.[3]

Customer cars

Rod Nash Racing

From 2010 to 2017, the team has prepared a customer car for Rod Nash Racing. Paul Dumbrell drove in 2010 and 2011 before David Reynolds took over in 2012, with notable results being a race win at the 2013 Armor All Gold Coast 600, a second place at the 2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and 3rd in the driver's championship in 2015, with Dean Canto as his co-driver. From 2016, Chaz Mostert raced with Rod Nash Racing, winning 3 races and the Pirtek Enduro Cup the following season with Steve Owen. The Rod Nash Racing REC is now run under the Tickford Racing name with Mostert and Owen.

Team 18

In 2013, the team took on a second customer car for Team 18. The Schwerkolt entry was driven by Alex Davison in 2013, with Jack Perkins replacing Davison for 2014. Schwerkolt and his team split with FPR prior to the 2015 season, moving to Walkinshaw Racing for 2015.[4]

Super Black Racing

Super Black Racing replaced the No. 18 Schwerkolt entry for 2015, with Andre Heimgartner the driver of Car No. 111. Chris Pither replaced Heimgartner for the final two rounds of the 2015 season and continued with the team for 2016. After the 2016 season, the team sold its Racing Entitlement Contract to Tim Blanchard Racing.[5]

Britek Motorsport

In 2017, Britek Motorsport replaced Super Black Racing as the team's second customer entry. Team owner Jason Bright drove the team's No. 56 entry with Garry Jacobson co-driving. After 2017, Bright retired from full-time driving and the REC was leased to Matt Stone Racing.[6]

23Red Racing

After running its first Supercars season on its own, 23Red Racing became a satellite operation for 2019 with Tickford re-building the teams Ford Falcon into a Ford Mustang for the 2019 season. The car was driven by Will Davison, a former driver of FPR. In May 2020, 23Red Racing announced it was withdrawing from the Supercars Championship, due to the loss of their major backer Milwaukee Tools. This was a result of the economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The team was merged back to Tickford with a new number.

Other

Tickford Racing has run a number of customer cars for other franchise holders, the first in 2007 where the No. 021 Team Kiwi Racing BF Falcon driven by Paul Radisich was prepared for the first few rounds of the season. In 2008, FPR prepared the No. 777 Ford Rising Stars Racing BF Falcon of Michael Patrizi. For the 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the team ran a third customer car, a wildcard entry for Renee Gracie and Simona de Silvestro known as the Harvey Norman Super Girls.

Super2 Series

The team has also run entries in the second-tier Dunlop Super2 Series in recent years. The first of these was in 2010 when the team ran James Moffat in a BF Falcon. This was followed by entering Chaz Mostert in 2011 and 2012 using an FG Falcon. In 2014 and 2015, the team ran Cameron Waters in an older generation (pre-2013) FG Falcon in the Development Series, winning the championship in 2015.

In 2016, the team expanded to two (2015-spec) FG X Falcon entries for Garry Jacobson and Jack Le Brocq. The pairing finished first and second in the championship respectively. In 2017, the team continued to run FG X Falcons, for defending champion Jacobson and Josh Kean. They also ran a wildcard entry at the Sydney round with Richie Stanaway, who achieved two 3rd-place finishes and a race win in the 4 races held. Jacobson finished the championship in 6th position while Kean finished in 19th. For 2018 and 2019 the team only fielded one FG X Falcon for Thomas Randle. In 2020, the team will field reigning Super3 champion Broc Feeney in one FG X Falcon. In 2021 the team will field Zak Best in the same FG X Falcon used by Broc Feeney.

Results

Car No. 5 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Position Pts
2006 Mark Winterbottom 5 Ford ADE
R1

22
ADE
R2

19
PUK
R3

4
PUK
R4

3
PUK
R5

3
BAR
R6

6
BAR
R7

13
BAR
R8

3
WIN
R9

8
WIN
R10

12
WIN
R11

6
HDV
R12

3
HDV
R13

17
HDV
R14

8
QLD
R15

9
QLD
R16

7
QLD
R17

9
ORA
R18

7
ORA
R19

15
ORA
R20

11
SAN
R21

1
BAT
R22

Ret
SUR
R23

3
SUR
R24

3
SUR
R25

3
SYM
R26

2
SYM
R27

2
SYM
R28

3
BHR
R29

8
BHR
R30

3
BHR
R31

27
PHI
R32

7
PHI
R33

2
PHI
R34

1
3rd 3089
2007 ADE
R1

5
ADE
R2

Ret
BAR
R3

10
BAR
R4

6
BAR
R5

5
PUK
R6

2
PUK
R7

23
PUK
R8

11
WIN
R9

26
WIN
R10

20
WIN
R11

10
EAS
R12

11
EAS
R13

7
EAS
R14

6
HDV
R15

Ret
HDV
R16

6
HDV
R17

6
QLD
R18

10
QLD
R19

7
QLD
R20

5
ORA
R21

4
ORA
R22

3
ORA
R23

24
SAN
R24

8
BAT
R25

10
SUR
R26

20
SUR
R27

17
SUR
R28

5
BHR
R29

1
BHR
R30

1
BHR
R31

3
SYM
R32

3
SYM
R33

3
SYM
R34

7
PHI
R35

7
PHI
R36

4
PHI
R37

5
5th 420
2008 ADE
R1

2
ADE
R2

Ret
EAS
R3

10
EAS
R4

2
EAS
R5

1
HAM
R6

10
HAM
R7

7
HAM
R8

5
BAR
R29

1
BAR
R10

1
BAR
R11

1
SAN
R12

2
SAN
R13

6
SAN
R14

2
HDV
R15

1
HDV
R16

3
HDV
R17

2
QLD
R18

2
QLD
R19

1
QLD
R20

1
WIN
R21

21
WIN
R22

2
WIN
R23

26
PHI
QR

12
PHI
R24

4
BAT
R25

4
SUR
R26

3
SUR
R27

3
SUR
R28

3
BHR
R29

21
BHR
R30

4
BHR
R31

4
SYM
R32

3
SYM
R33

4
SYM
R34

4
ORA
R35

23
ORA
R36

12
ORA
R37

18
2nd 3079
2009 ADE
R1

18
ADE
R2

22
HAM
R3

2
HAM
R4

Ret
WIN
R5

25
WIN
R6

2
SYM
R7

16
SYM
R8

4
HDV
R9

2
HDV
R10

17
TOW
R11

8
TOW
R12

6
SAN
R13

12
SAN
R14

16
QLD
R15

3
QLD
R16

4
PHI
QR

1
PHI
R17

3
BAT
R18

Ret
SUR
R19

1
SUR
R20

2
SUR
R21

2
SUR
R22

1
PHI
R23

6
PHI
R24

Ret
BAR
R25

3
BAR
R26

17
SYD
R27

2
SYD
R28

3
5th 2414
2010 YMC
R1

3
YMC
R2

2
BHR
R3

2
BHR
R4

2
ADE
R5

21
ADE
R6

3
HAM
R7

7
HAM
R8

DSQ
QLD
R9

9
QLD
R10

Ret
WIN
R11

15
WIN
R12

6
HDV
R13

1
HDV
R14

2
TOW
R15

3
TOW
R16

1
PHI
QR

7
PHI
R17

2
BAT
R18

9
SUR
R19

21
SUR
R20

3
SYM
R21

5
SYM
R22

1
SAN
R23

3
SAN
R24

2
SYD
R25

Ret
SYD
R26

Ret
3rd 2729
2011 YMC
R1

3
YMC
R2

14
ADE
R3

6
ADE
R4

3
HAM
R5

4
HAM
R6

Ret
BAR
R7

8
BAR
R8

13
BAR
R9

26
WIN
R10

9
WIN
R11

19
HID
R12

15
HID
R13

3
TOW
R14

5
TOW
R15

3
QLD
R16

13
QLD
R17

10
QLD
R18

19
PHI
R19

17
BAT
R20

4
SUR
R21

3
SUR
R22

1
SYM
R23

4
SYM
R24

3
SAN
R25

7
SAN
R26

2
SYD
R27

5
SYD
R28

1
3rd 2710
2012 ADE
R1

9
ADE
R2

2
SYM
R3

2
SYM
R4

5
HAM
R5

23
HAM
R6

1
BAR
R7

1
BAR
R8

3
BAR
R9

2
PHI
R10

1
PHI
R11

6
HID
R12

3
HID
R13

3
TOW
R14

2
TOW
R15

5
QLD
R16

2
QLD
R17

2
SMP
R18

2
SMP
R19

3
SAN
QR

16
SAN
R20

2
BAT
R21

11
SUR
R22

3
SUR
R23

3
YMC
R24

6
YMC
R25

4
YMC
R26

5
WIN
R27

4
WIN
R28

2
SYD
R29

9
SYD
R30

18
3rd 3457
2013 ADE
R1

Ret
ADE
R2

5
SYM
R3

3
SYM
R4

6
SYM
R5

2
PUK
R6

19
PUK
R7

13
PUK
R8

23
PUK
R9

24
BAR
R10

3
BAR
R11

3
BAR
R12

12
COA
R13

8
COA
R14

6
COA
R15

7
COA
R16

6
HID
R17

22
HID
R18

1
HID
R19

2
TOW
R20

2
TOW
R21

4
QLD
R22

3
QLD
R23

10
QLD
R24

3
WIN
R25

4
WIN
R26

1
WIN
R27

17
SAN
QR

4
SAN
R28

6
BAT
R29

1
SUR
R30

3
SUR
R31

18
PHI
R32

5
PHI
R33

7
PHI
R34

2
SYD
R35

Ret
SYD
R36

6
4th 2793
2014 ADE
R1

4
ADE
R2

4
ADE
R3

12
SYM
R4

3
SYM
R5

2
SYM
R6

9
WIN
R7

7
WIN
R8

2
WIN
R9

1
PUK
R10

13
PUK
R11

1
PUK
R12

2
PUK
R13

1
BAR
R14

4
BAR
R15

2
BAR
R16

3
HID
R17

6
HID
R18

6
HID
R19

1
TOW
R20

11
TOW
R21

8
TOW
R22

6
QLD
R23

6
QLD
R24

6
QLD
R25

22
SMP
R26

11
SMP
R27

12
SMP
R28

20
SAN
QR

3
SAN
R29

10
BAT
R30

6
SUR
R31

4
SUR
R32

13
PHI
R33

23
PHI
R34

3
PHI
R35

3
SYD
R36

23
SYD
R37

5
SYD
R38

19
3rd 2768
2015 ADE
R1

5
ADE
R2

11
ADE
R3

5
SYM
R4

2
SYM
R5

6
SYM
R6

5
BAR
R7

1
BAR
R8

1
BAR
R9

15
WIN
R10

2
WIN
R11

1
WIN
R12

1
HID
R13

2
HID
R14

7
HID
R15

5
TOW
R16

1
TOW
R17

1
QLD
R18

1
QLD
R19

1
QLD
R20

3
SMP
R21

2
SMP
R22

8
SMP
R23

16
SAN
QR

2
SAN
R24

1
BAT
R25

2
SUR
R26

23
SUR
R27

11
PUK
R28

7
PUK
R29

4
PUK
R30

11
PHI
R31

7
PHI
R32

4
PHI
R33

4
SYD
R34

5
SYD
R35

3
SYD
R36

4
1st 3246
2016 1 ADE
R1

8
ADE
R2

11
ADE
R3

9
SYM
R4

9
SYM
R5

3
PHI
R6

5
PHI
R7

2
BAR
R8

22
BAR
R9

1
WIN
R10

3
WIN
R11

2
HID
R12

9
HID
R13

20
TOW
R14

3
TOW
R15

3
QLD
R16

4
QLD
R17

5
SMP
R18

11
SMP
R19

14
SAN
QR

22
SAN
R20

23
BAT
R21

Ret
SUR
R22

4
SUR
R23

5
PUK
R24

4
PUK
R25

5
PUK
R26

1
PUK
R27

5
SYD
R28

23
SYD
R29

12
6th 2489
2017 5 ADE
R1

15
ADE
R2

14
SYM
R3

7
SYM
R4

13
PHI
R5

8
PHI
R6

2
BAR
R7

5
BAR
R8

4
WIN
R9

9
WIN
R10

13
HID
R11

14
HID
R12

14
TOW
R13

3
TOW
R14

4
QLD
R15

9
QLD
R16

10
SMP
R17

4
SMP
R18

19
SAN
QR

9
SAN
R19

9
BAT
R20

Ret
SUR
R21

8
SUR
R22

5
PUK
R23

2
PUK
R24

19
NEW
R25

17
NEW
R26

7
6th 2208
2018 ADE
R1

5
ADE
R2

13
MEL
R3

14
MEL
R4

9
MEL
R5

7
MEL
R6

17
SYM
R7

14
SYM
R8

12
PHI
R9

13
PHI
R10

15
BAR
R11

2
BAR
R12

21
WIN
R13

10
WIN
R14

20
HID
R15

20
HID
R16

13
TOW
R17

6
TOW
R18

12
QLD
R19

20
QLD
R20

26
SMP
R21

15
BEN
R22

5
BEN
R23

16
SAN
QR

5
SAN
R24

17
BAT
R25

12

7

C
PUK
R28

13
PUK
R29

9
NEW
R30

6
NEW
R31

13
12th 2192
2019 Lee Holdsworth ADE
R1

21
ADE
R2

11
MEL
R3

9
MEL
R4

12
MEL
R5

12
MEL
R6

9
SYM
R7

13
SYM
R8

9
PHI
R9

15
PHI
R10

14
BAR
R11

9
BAR
R12

9
WIN
R13

22
WIN
R14

5
HID
R15

6
HID
R16

7
TOW
R17

10
TOW
R18

8
QLD
R19

7
QLD
R20

14
BEN
R21

13
BEN
R22

9
PUK
R23

5
PUK
R24

15
BAT
R25

9
SUR
R26

6
SUR
R27

6
SAN
QR

7
SAN
R28

3
NEW
R29

12
NEW
R30

23
10th 2428
2020 ADE
R1

12
ADE
R2

6
MEL
R3

C
MEL
R4

C
MEL
R5

C
MEL
R6

C
SMP1
R7

7
SMP1
R8

13
SMP1
R9

2

2

19

15

10

14

12

7

8

12

13

11

9

16

8

10

12

23

11

13

Ret

9

7
11th 1553
2021 Jack Le Brocq BAT
R1

6
BAT
R2

19

10

12

16

12

21

19






HID
R15

HID
R16

HID
R17

TOW
R18

TOW
R19













15th* 392*

Bathurst 1000 Results

Year No. Car Drivers Pos Laps
2003 5 Ford Falcon BA Australia Darren Hossack
Australia Adam Macrow
DNF 63
6 Ford Falcon BA Australia Craig Lowndes
Australia Glenn Seton
2nd 161
2004 5 Ford Falcon BA Switzerland Alain Menu
Australia Adam Macrow
DNF 43
6 Ford Falcon BA Australia Craig Lowndes
Australia Glenn Seton
2nd 161
2005 5 Ford Falcon BA Australia Greg Ritter
Australia Cameron McLean
18th 138
6 Ford Falcon BA Australia Jason Bright
Australia David Brabham
14th 152
2006 5 Ford Falcon BA Australia David Brabham
New Zealand Matthew Halliday
DNF 56
6 Ford Falcon BA Australia Jason Bright
Australia Mark Winterbottom
DNF 28
2007 5 Ford Falcon BF Australia Owen Kelly
New Zealand Matthew Halliday
13th 161
6 Ford Falcon BF Australia Mark Winterbottom
New Zealand Steven Richards
10th 161
2008 5 Ford Falcon BF Australia Luke Youlden
Australia Dean Canto
7th 161
6 Ford Falcon BF Australia Mark Winterbottom
New Zealand Steven Richards
4th 161

Supercars Championship drivers

The following is a list of drivers who have driven for the team in the Supercars Championship, in order of their first appearance. Drivers who only drove for the team on a part-time basis are listed in italics.

Super2 drivers

The following is a list of drivers who have driven for the team in the Super2 Series, in order of their first appearance. Drivers who only drove for the team on a part-time basis are listed in italics.

Gallery

References

  1. ^ V8 team FPR sold to Melbourne-based pair Sydney Morning Herald 5 January 2013
  2. ^ "Mostert signs new deal after contract 'tear up'". Speedcafe. 1 August 2015.
  3. ^ Prodrive confirms Tickford Racing name change Speedcafe 19 December 2017
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