TICKFORD Racing has confirmed Tim Edwards will step down as CEO and team principal at the end of the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship.
Edwards has been at the helm of Tickford since 2005, when the organisation was known as Ford Performance Racing.
The former Jordan Formula 1 team manager has overseen all but all one of Tickford/Prodrive/FPR’s 81 Supercars Championship race wins, plus its 2015 title and two Bathurst 1000 victories.
ANALYSIS: Edwards’ legacy, Tickford’s future
The Campbellfield squad is about to undergo off-season restructuring, having struck a deal to sell two of its four Teams Racing Charters in order to return to a two-car model in 2024.
“The executive team that Tim is part of has been working on strategic adjustments in the way the business continues to commercialise its opportunities over the past 12 months,” said Tickford co-owner/managing director Rod Nash.
“Part of that is welcoming a new era of leadership for the road ahead, all based on the strong foundation that Tickford is all about which is a direct result of Tim’s passion and the strong infrastructure he has put in place throughout his tenure.”
Edwards, who will stay on in his role through the final three rounds of the season, exuded pride at his Tickford tenure.
“It has been an incredible journey to lead this team and I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished together,” he said.
“I am grateful for the unwavering support of Rod and Sven (Burchartz), our dedicated team, drivers, loyal sponsors and partners, and our passionate fans and members.
“The decision to step down was not made lightly, but I believe it’s the right time for both my family and the team as we look toward the future.
“There has been speculation about where I will be heading next but my short-term plans are simple: I want to take some time out to explore this great country, enjoy some time with my friends and family, clear my head and focus on what is next.”
Tickford’s communications indicated “a comprehensive recruitment process will be undertaken to identify a new CEO to lead the team in 2024 and beyond.”
Nash meanwhile doubled down on his praise for Edwards.
“Tim has been one of the driving forces behind Tickford Racing for almost 20 years,” he said.
“His contribution to not only the team’s development but to the wider Supercars network cannot be understated.
“Tim has always played an active role in a number of boards and committees and is well respected in the paddock.
“Personally, I’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with Tim along with his wife Trudie who is also well known within the racing community.
“Trudie has always been a strong ambassador for the team with her roles in corporate hospitality and the team’s membership program along with her catering skills that the whole team have appreciated immensely.
“Everyone at Tickford extends its heartfelt thanks to Tim and Trudie for their dedication to the team and wish them the very best.
“Tim leaves behind a lasting legacy that will be remembered by all associated with Tickford Racing.”