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TICKFORD BUYS GRM HOLDEN CHASSIS

TICKFORD Racing has added to its Supercars chassis depth by purchasing a car that has until now been exclusively run as a Holden.

As first revealed on the Castrol Motorsport News podcast, Tickford has acquired GRM 021 from Garry Rogers Motorsport.

GRM 021 has just eight Repco Supercars Championship race starts under its belt, all coming as a VF Commodore during the 2017 season between James Moffat, enduro co-driver Richard Muscat, and wildcard James Golding.

It was later upgraded to ZB specification and has sat idle ever since, with GRM exiting the full-time championship at the end of 2019.

Tickford CEO Tim Edwards confirmed the car will be converted to a Mustang and run in Super2 in 2023, either by his team – which plans to expand to two second-tier cars – or elsewhere.

“We bought some material to repair Thomas (Randle)’s car and they also had almost a brand new chassis there so we decided to buy that as well,” Edwards said.

“We’ll pluck off the bits of GM sheet metal off it and put Mustang sheet metal on, much like we did with FG X to Mustang, and put our chassis rails on it and it will become a Tickford chassis.”

With a scramble for chassis unfolding in the wake of Supercars’ decision to make only the ZB Commodore and Mustang GT models eligible for Super2 next year, Edwards said the purchase opportunity was simply too good to pass up.

“We got it at a good price and it was near new, the thing has only done a couple of races so we just thought, let’s grab it,” Edwards explained.

Pic: Tickford Racing

“We know we’re going to carry on racing Mustangs in Super2, there’s plenty of demand for Mustang chassis in Super2.

“The thing is with these cars, I’ve got enough parts to probably make 10 Mustangs but I don’t have 10 chassis, so without the chassis you can’t build any more than you have physically got chassis for.”

Edwards also confirmed Tickford’s Super2 expansion plans.

“We’re going to run two Super2 cars next year,” he said.

“That’s always been our ideal model and I think it will be more important next year as well so that teammates have got information to bounce off each other and stuff like that.”

Of Tickford’s current five Mustangs, at least one will be on the move at season’s end, with the Morse family having purchased TR 1824 which is raced by Cameron Waters.

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