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Tickford tipped to make shock driver change

THE Supercars silly season could be set for a late twist, with change to Tickford Racing’s primary driver line-up mooted.

V8 Sleuth understands that Jake Kostecki’s future with the Ford team is in doubt.

Kostecki finished 22nd in the 2022 standings after a rough campaign that included several costly crashes.

The 22-year-old was allegedly involved in a scuffle with Scott Pye at the Supercars Gala Awards, which is believed to have increased tension with Tickford management.

Jake Kostecki. Pic: Nathan Wong

Recently crowned Super2 Series winner Declan Fraser is thought to be the leading candidate for the drive in the #56 Mustang.

Fraser won the Super2 title with Triple Eight and had an opportunity to continue with the team as a wildcard driver but is understood to be moving on.

Tickford Racing declined to comment on a potential driver change when contacted by V8 Sleuth.

The team is no stranger to a silly season surprise over the summer break.

Lee Holdsworth’s departure from the team over the 2020/21 off-season only emerged in December and was not confirmed until early January.

Declan Fraser. Pic: Supplied

Tickford’s charge will again be led by Cam Waters next season, with James Courtney and Thomas Randle also retained.

Fraser’s link to the Kostecki seat comes despite the presence of another Super2 young gun, Zak Best, in the Tickford stable.

Best will not return to Super2 and has instead been slated for a series of wildcard and co-driver outings with Tickford.

Tickford has signed Super3 Series winner Brad Vaughan and ex-Brad Jones Racing Super2 driver Elly Morrow for an expanded Super2 program.

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