TICKFORD RACING – 2022 BATHURST 1000 CO-DRIVER ROSTER
2 March, 2022
Tickford Racing has confirmed its co-driver roster for the 2022 Bathurst 1000, which will see newcomers Zane Goddard and Kurt Kostecki join incumbents Zak Best and James Moffat in the team’s four-car line up at Australia’s Great Race.
Goodard comes to Tickford after making 45 Supercars race starts over the 2020 and 2021 seasons with Matt Stone Racing, including a best of seventh in Tasmania last year, while Kostecki comes aboard following a 2021 that included three wildcard appearances for Walkinshaw Andretti United and a co-drive at Mount Panorama for MSR. Kurt is also the older brother of Jake Kostecki, who will race the No. 56 Tradie Ford Mustang for Tickford in the 2022 championship.
Off the back of a runner-up finish with Cam Waters in the 2021 Bathurst 1000, Moffat returns to the team for the fifth consecutive season, while previously announced Best will make his second appearance in the Great Race after an impressive debut in 2021 alongside Jack Le Brocq.
For 22-year old Goddard, his new opportunity offers the Queenslander his best chance yet at conquering Mount Panorama.
“Racing with Tickford is an opportunity I’m really looking forward to,” Goddard said. “Tickford as a team has a lot of heritage in the category and has had a lot of success over the years and at Bathurst they’re always pushing for wins. They know how to win and they’re hungry, so I’m really happy to be a part of it. Obviously the co-driver role is a bit different from what I’ve been doing the last couple of years, but any chance to work with a team like Tickford I’d take with both hands. I’m looking forward to it, it’s a new challenge for me, and if I can be part of a good result then all the better.”
Kostecki holds similar thoughts to Goddard on his opportunity with the team, and is confident he will be able to help push the team to a strong result in October’s endurance classic.
“I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a Tickford Racing Ford Mustang,” 23-year old Kostecki said. “I’ve been a part of some big teams over the past few years but it’ll be great to get a taste of how Tickford operates and see that dedication and professionalism up close, and of course get a feel for how the Mustang drives. This will be my third Bathurst (1000), and I feel like I can go there this year without feeling like I need to learn everything over again. I feel like I can slot in and help push the team to a good result, so I’m really looking forward to getting up there in October and having a red hot crack.”
Tickford Racing CEO and Team Principal Tim Edwards commented on the news, expressing confidence in the team’s driver roster for Australia’s biggest race.
“Having Moff and Zak on board with us again this year is a real positive for us, and bringing Kurt and Zane to the table gives us a very good group of drivers,” Edwards said. “Obviously Cam and Moff came second last year and Zak had one of the best drives of all the co-drivers, so it’s fantastic to have them back. Add in Kurt, who has been quite impressive himself the last couple of years, and Zane who has such recent main game experience, and we have a very strong group. These days co-drivers are extremely valuable in setting up your race at Bathurst, and we’re confident each of these drivers can put us in position to win on race day.”
Tickford Racing will confirm its driver pairings for the Bathurst 1000 – which takes place October 6-9 – in due course. For the full-time Tickford Racing squad, including drivers James Courtney, Cam Waters, Thomas Randle, and Jake Kostecki, the 2022 Supercars Championship season begins March 4-6 with the Sydney SuperNight at Sydney Motorsport Park.