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Fraser secures Tickford Tradie Mustang seat

TICKFORD Racing has trumpeted the signing of Super2 Series winner Declan Fraser to its 2023 main game squad.

Fraser was the hot favourite to drive the #56 Tradie Mustang following the departure of Jake Kostecki this week.

The Queenslander joins from rivals Triple Eight Race Engineering, for whom he also made his Repco Bathurst 1000 debut last October.

Now he’ll test himself against the best in the business week in, week out, working alongside teammates Cam Waters, James Courtney and Thomas Randle.

“It’s a pretty special feeling,” Fraser said.

“At the end of the Super2 season we didn’t really know where we were heading for 2023, so to get the call from Tim (Edwards, Tickford CEO) and everyone was pretty exciting.

“Getting from Super2 to the main game is a really tough step to make, especially from a financial perspective, so to have Tim and the team at Tickford Racing offer me this drive on performance is really special.

“It shows that Super2 is a great platform to prepare young drivers for the main game, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.

“It’s awesome to be representing Tradie as well, I’ve actually done four years of apprenticeship and have my tradesman’s certificate as an electrician.

“It’s a funny coincidence, but really cool to partner up with such a fun brand in Tradie, I can’t wait to get started.”

Fraser’s presence means Tickford will crucially have two drivers eligible for additional testing this year, given Randle still counts as a rookie.

“I think this year is the perfect time to jump into the main game with Gen3 coming along, it levels the playing field for everyone,” said Fraser.

“We’re a four-car team, and Tickford has a lot of experience in developing cars, of course Thomas and I will have our rookie test days as well, so we’ll have a fair bit of track time and hopefully we can put all that together and have a really strong year.”

Fraser celebrates in Adelaide. Pic: Supplied

Edwards made light of how Fraser was an enemy just last month, when he and Tickford’s Zak Best squared off for the Super2 title.

“It’s funny how things work. We went into Adelaide trying to beat Declan in Super2, and here we are a few weeks later preparing him to suit up with us in the main game for 2023,” he said.

“This sport works in strange ways sometimes, but Declan has all the qualities you look for in a young driver, so we are excited to work with him and are confident he will do a fine job for the team.

“We are very enthusiastic about having him onboard and are looking forward to getting him behind the wheel of the Tradie Ford Mustang in a few short weeks.”

Tickford co-owner Rod Nash added: “We are delighted to welcome Declan to the team with Tradie Racing for the 2023 season.

“Declan has come along well in Super2 over the last couple of seasons and has developed into a strong young driver, we’re very happy to have him join the team.

“When the circumstances came about to bring a new driver into the team we decided to look for the best available, a lot like you see in a footy draft, and we feel that Declan is as primed as anyone for this opportunity, so we are excited to welcome him ahead of the 2023 season.

“We are also very pleased to continue with Tradie as the naming rights partner of Declan’s Ford Mustang.

“We have had a fantastic relationship with the Tradie team for several years which has continued to grow, and Declan will be a fantastic ambassador for the brand on and off the track.

“It is an exciting start to an exciting year ahead for our team, and we are looking forward to hitting the track with our Gen3 Mustangs in the coming weeks.”

Tickford is due to shake down its new cars on February 1 at Winton Motor Raceway.

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