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FLEX Power Tools to power Courtney’s 500th race start

7 April, 2022
James Courtney will debut new colours at the site of his 500th Supercars race start, with FLEX Power Tools coming aboard his Tickford Racing Ford Mustang as naming rights partner ahead of the Melbourne 400 at the Australian Grand Prix. FLEX Power Tools specialise in the industrial power tools sector, with a wide range of products including grinders, sanders, polishers, and more.

Courtney, whose Mustang will be renumbered to 500 for the weekend, will become the ninth driver in Australian touring car history to make 500 race starts in the category, and is thrilled to welcome FLEX to the team.

“It’s fantastic to have FLEX Power Tools on board our Mustang. It’s a bit of a bonus because I’ve been doing some work on the house up in Queensland, I’d be lying if I said there weren’t a few products that caught my eye, so we’ll keep that chat going,” Courtney joked. “But I’m really looking forward to this weekend, what with it being the Australian Grand Prix and ticking over 500 races myself, it’s going to be a huge weekend and the FLEX Mustang looks great. The team’s had some success at Albert Park in recent years and the cars have been pretty speedy, obviously we’ll be looking to keep that trend going and be fighting at the front in our new colours.”

Though new to the Australian market, FLEX is amidst a milestone of its own, with the German-founded brand originally established in 1922 when Hermann Ackermann and Hermann Schmitt began selling the MS 6 hand-held grinding machine, which later revolutionised into the first Angle Grinder, as it’s known today. Barry Crowhurst, General Manager of FLEX, expressed his enthusiasm ahead of the brand’s debut weekend in the Supercars Championship.
“The Australian Grand Prix is one of Australia’s biggest events, and James Courtney is one of Australia’s most successful drivers, so to support his car and Tickford Racing at this event is a hugely exciting opportunity for FLEX,” Crowhurst said. “FLEX is celebrating its centenary in 2022 but is very new to Australia, and I can’t think of a better way to introduce FLEX to Australians than through a loud, V8-powered Supercar adorned in FLEX branding at the Australian Grand Prix. We’re thrilled to be joining forces with Tickford Racing and cannot wait for the weekend ahead.”
James Courtney will debut the No. 500 FLEX Ford Mustang on Thursday at the Melbourne 400, where the Supercars Championship will hold two practice sessions and qualifying for Races 6 and 7 of the 2022 season, the first of four Supercars races to be held across the April 7-10 weekend in support of the Australian Grand Prix.