TICKFORD LOCKS IN CO-DRIVER LINEUP FOR BATHURST 1000

TICKFORD Racing has named its lineup of co-drivers for this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 with Thomas Randle and James Moffat to be joined by Alex Premat.

The team has yet to confirm which drivers will pair with its primary drivers, although Randle and Moffat will drive the team’s Mustangs at the upcoming pre-season test day for Victorian teams at Winton, rescheduled for the end of this week.

2019 Bathurst co-winner Premat was scheduled to join Tickford at last year’s enduros but the Los Angeles-based Frenchman was a non-starter due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing international travel restrictions.

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“Fortunately international travel restrictions are starting to open up which gives us the chance to bring Alex over,” Tickford Racing CEO Tim Edwards said.

“We’ll go through the necessary steps to secure a travel exemption, and Alex is prepared to do his 14 days of quarantine, testing, and everything else involved to come over.

“He’ll get some seat time at our regular enduro test, then we’ll head to Bathurst and go for it.”

Moffat is primed for his fourth ‘Great Race’ with the team, while Randle is returning to the team that gave him his Bathurst 1000 debut in 2019.

“We’ve been fortunate to have great co-driver line-ups the past few years, and this is another very strong group,” Edwards said.

“Moff and Tom have both done a great job for us in the past – and if you look at last year they were two of the fastest co-drivers out there – and Alex has won the bloody race before, so we’re very happy with what they bring to the team.

“Each of them is reliable and quick, which is exactly what we need for this race and gives us the confidence that we have the right guys in our cars for all 161 laps.”

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.