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TICKFORD Racing has revealed its co-driver lineup for the 2022 Repco Bathurst 1000.

James Moffat will continue with Tickford for his fifth enduro campaign while the team’s Super2 Series pilot Zak Best will embark on his second, and they will be joined by new recruits Zane Goddard and Kurt Kostecki.

While Moffat raced to second place with Cam Waters at last year’s Bathurst 1000, the team is yet to nominate who will be paired with whom at Mount Panorama in October.

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“Having Moff and Zak on board with us again this year is a real positive for us, and bringing Kurt and Zane to the table gives us a very good group of drivers,” Tickford Racing CEO and team principal Tim Edwards said.

“Obviously Cam and Moff came second last year and Zak had one of the best drives of all the co-drivers, so it’s fantastic to have them back.

“Add in Kurt, who has been quite impressive himself the last couple of years, and Zane who has such recent main game experience, and we have a very strong group.

“These days co-drivers are extremely valuable in setting up your race at Bathurst, and we’re confident each of these drivers can put us in position to win on race day.”

Zane Goddard. Pic: Supplied

For Goddard, the drive comes in the wake of missing out on a full-time seat in 2022 after impressing in his first full ‘main game’ season with Matt Stone Racing last year.

“Racing with Tickford is an opportunity I’m really looking forward to,” Goddard said.

“Tickford as a team has a lot of heritage in the category and has had a lot of success over the years and at Bathurst they’re always pushing for wins. They know how to win and they’re hungry, so I’m really happy to be a part of it.

Obviously the co-driver role is a bit different from what I’ve been doing the last couple of years, but any chance to work with a team like Tickford I’d take with both hands.

“I’m looking forward to it, it’s a new challenge for me, and if I can be part of a good result then all the better.”

Kurt Kostecki made three wildcard round starts in 2021 in addition to his co-drive with brother Jake at the Repco Bathurst 1000. Pic: Supplied

Kostecki joins younger brother Jake among Tickford’s driver roster this year, after pairing with him at Matt Stone Racing for last year’s ‘Great Race’, following his Bathurst debut in 2020 with Walkinshaw Andretti United.

“I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a Tickford Racing Ford Mustang,” Kostecki said.

“I’ve been a part of some big teams over the past few years but it’ll be great to get a taste of how Tickford operates and see that dedication and professionalism up close, and of course get a feel for how the Mustang drives.

“This will be my third Bathurst (1000), and I feel like I can go there this year without feeling like I need to learn everything over again.

“I feel like I can slot in and help push the team to a good result, so I’m really looking forward to getting up there in October and having a red hot crack.”

The Repco Bathurst 1000 is scheduled for October 6-9, 2022.

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