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Best to sport special livery in Tickford’s final Falcon

23 February, 2022

Tickford Racing driver Zak Best will sport a new look for the Dunlop Super2 Series, in which his No. 78 Best Leisure Industries Ford Falcon FG X pays tribute to Tickford Racing’s heritage with the iconic Ford race car. Best’s challenger for the 2022 Super2 championship features the Falcon insignia on its rear quarter panels, paying tribute to what is expected to be the last Falcon Tickford Racing will compete with.

For Best, the new look is a boost of motivation as he looks to improve on his impressive 2021 Super2 campaign, where he raced to runner-up in the series in his debut year with Tickford Racing.

“I’m really looking forward to the new Super2 season, and am very excited to debut our new look on the No. 78 Falcon,” the 20-year old said. “We had a good first season together in 2021 to come second in the championship, so obviously we want to go one better, and it’ll be cool to chase those goals with the special livery on the car. The Falcon is an iconic part of Supercars history and has a lot of history with Tickford, so to drive the team’s last Falcon is pretty special, and of course we want to finish it’s run on top, so we’ll be working hard to go out and have a great year.”

Established in 2002 as Ford Performance Racing, Tickford Racing competed with Ford Falcons from 2003-2018, taking its two thrilling Bathurst 1000 victories and the 2015 drivers’ championship with the Australian icon vehicle. Best’s 2022 racer features the Falcon artwork that was carried by the team’s cars in 2013, the year Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards claimed the team’s first triumph at Mount Panorama.

Tickford Racing CEO and Team Principal Tim Edwards commented on the Falcon’s new look, as the team prepares for its swan song with the name that has been synonymous with Australian motorsport for over half a century.

“Our heritage as a team is tied to the Ford Falcon,” Edwards said. “We raced Falcons for 16 seasons in the main game, starting with an AU and two BAs at the start of 2003 all the way through to the FG X’s last run in 2018, we won a lot of races with the Falcon so this is a fitting way to send off the last one we’ll race. It’s a nice tribute to the car that has given us and our fans many great memories, and no doubt we’ll look to create more of them this year with Zak.”

The Dunlop Super2 Series begins its 2022 season next weekend at the Sydney SuperNight, March 4-6 at Sydney Motorsport Park.