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Tickford young gun carrying GRM legacy

LOCHIE Dalton laughs that he simply cannot get away from Garry Rogers Motorsport.

It’s said tongue-in-cheek given the Rogers’ support of him in recent Trans Am seasons, and with the knowledge that his Tickford Racing Super2 Mustang deep down is an old GRM Commodore chassis.

Dalton is driving the Frankenstein Supercar that initially was known as GRM 021 and has since been renamed TR1621B after being purchased and converted by Tickford. It is the only active GRM-built chassis across any of Supercars’ three tiers.

After a seven-round Super2 stint with Brad Jones Racing, Dalton joined the Tickford stable for 2024.

He’s enjoying having two young, fast teammates to bounce off in Brad Vaughan and Rylan Gray – in fact, the trio are currently third, fourth and fifth in the standings.

“It definitely is the better way of doing it (as opposed to a single-car model), being able to overlay stuff and having something to compare to,” Dalton told V8 Sleuth.

“So that’s definitely an advantage this year.

“It was a bit tough last year being by ourselves and sort of having to overlay our information off previous years’ data, rather than just the teammate who is next to you.”

Having multiple teammates is something Dalton is familiar with from his GRM Trans Am days – which he hopes are not totally finished.

“I would have loved to have done Trans Am again this year with GRM,” the Tasmanian confessed.

“Gaz and Baz (Rogers) have been enormous in my career and did give me the opportunity to go again, but just the funding, it was a bit tough, and I wanted to put my full focus into Supercar stuff this year.

“I will try to do maybe a few one-off rounds and see if we can get back in a Trans Am because I just love racing them.”

Lochie Dalton. Pic: Supplied/Race Project

Dalton admits he still needs to put some more runs on the board before he dares to dream about the next step in his career.

The good news is this weekend’s visit to Wanneroo Raceway should be a suitable place to do so.

Dalton’s sole Super2 podium to date came last year at Wanneroo.

To challenge for the top step this time around would mean catching and matching defending champion and 2024 leader Kai Allen – no small task.

“It’s definitely tough because he is so cool, calm and collected and then is so fast when he is out on track,” Dalton said of Allen.

“But it’s an awesome benchmark. I expected him to still be as quick as he was last year and he’s stepped it up again, so it’s good to have someone that good to chase.”

A 25-car field including 22 Super2 entries is expected for Round 2 this weekend.

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