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Tickford’s $100,000 fire repair bill

TICKFORD Racing is facing its second six-figure rebuild of James Courtney’s Mustang in as many rounds to start the Gen3 era of Supercars.

The #5 Ford was damaged badly enough in a Top 10 Shootout crash at Newcastle that it required an interstate trip to Queensland-based Pace Innovations for repairs.

Then, having lost a Friday podium at Albert Park due to a post-race penalty, Courtney found himself back on the sidelines after his car burst into flames on Lap 1 of the Saturday race.

It was a near-identical incident to the fire which engulfed Nick Percat’s Walkinshaw Andretti United Mustang a day earlier, albeit the Tickford case was more severe, forcing Courtney to be withdrawn from the remainder of Melbourne SuperSprint.

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“It will be every bit of a $100,000 repair,” Tickford CEO Tim Edwards told V8 Sleuth.

“There’s so much wiring and all those other things.

“Unfortunately fires are almost the worst type of accident because you can just replace a bar or you can weld up a new part or bolt on a new panel but fires just destroy everything and they just keep going and going.

“Fires are always the worst ones to repair.”

James Courtney’s Tickford Mustang. Pic: Supplied

Edwards revealed the team will have to wait on parts to be supplied before being able to properly fix the Snowy Rivers Caravans-backed #5.

“Particularly the electrical stuff,” he added.

“When you have an accident, you don’t normally damage all of your wiring. You might damage a few sub looms and things like that.

“There was obviously a lot of damage to the engine as well… the engine will be straight back to Herrods (Herrod Performance Engines).

“Yeah, a fair bit of work.”

With Courtney out of action and Cam Waters enduring an unusually difficult event, Tickford has slipped to seventh in the teams’ championship.

Round 3 of the Repco Supercars Championship will take place at Wanneroo Raceway in Western Australia on April 28-30.

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