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The domino effect of Tickford’s looming swap

TICKFORD Racing’s looming driver change could have a flow-on impact for seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner Craig Lowndes.

V8 Sleuth broke the news last month that Tickford is set to axe Jake Kostecki from its 2023 full-time line-up.

The matter has gone quiet since, with various discussions playing out in the background, but a resolution should become clear in the coming weeks with Gen3 testing fast approaching.

Declan Fraser is the red-hot favourite to take over if the #56 entry is vacated as expected, the Super2 Series winner having turned down the opportunity to continue with Triple Eight in a wildcard capacity.

Fraser had seemed in line to again partner Lowndes at Bathurst, presumably in Supercheap Auto colours once more.

So, what then for Lowndes?

It’s believed that the preference is still for Lowndes to be the face of a Triple Eight wildcard, but for that to happen, another driver needs to be found.

A few options fit the mould that is the young pup/old dog combination which Supercheap/Triple Eight has run with the past two years (Russell Ingall having joined Broc Feeney in 2021).

Kai Allen is a star of the future whose rookie Super2 campaign is sure to be followed closely by many.

Jaylyn Robotham is a fine young talent with a question mark over his Super2 future who Lowndes could mentor, or alternatively Zane Goddard is a speedy potential free agent hunting redemption.

Craig Lowndes. Pic: Nathan Wong

If a wildcard cannot be settled on, then what?

Lowndes will be on the grid as he is contracted to Triple Eight for 2023, so does he return to one of the lead Red Bull Ampol cars?

Richie Stanaway is firming to replace Garth Tander as Shane van Gisbergen’s co-driver, so if that comes to be, Lowndes moving into Feeney’s car would come at the expense of Jamie Whincup.

The seven-time champion turned team principal has openly flagged his desire to continue co-driving.

There are of course other fallout factors to consider, should Fraser indeed land the Tickford drive.

That would see Kostecki potentially become a valuable player in the co-driver market, offering plenty of mileage from the past three years (not to mention the pace which saw him qualify third at Perth), while brother Kurt could also move.

And what of Zak Best, the man who finished Super2 runner-up the past two seasons for Tickford but continues to wait in the wings?

There’s plenty still to play out…

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