TICKFORD RACING – 2021 ESERIES PROGRAM
21 August, 2021
After a positive first season in Supercars’ Eseries championships, Tickford Racing will return to the virtual racing world in 2021 with a pair of entries in both Supercars Pro and All Stars Eseries’, which kick off next week with live coverage across Australia.
Supercars Eseries broadcasts will consist of separate races on different tracks, with real world Supercars drivers racing in the All Stars Series, followed by professional sim racers going head-to-head in the Pro Eseries each Wednesday night for six weeks.
Following a strong campaign with the team in 2020’s Pro Eseries, Richard Hamstead returns to the team for the 2021 campaign, where he will drive the No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang. Hamstead, who currently sits second in the highly competitive V8SCOPS Series on iRacing, finished eighth in last year’s Eseries, and is determined and eager to factor in at the pointy end again this year.
“It’s awesome to be returning to the Supercars Pro Eseries this year, and I’m really excited to be back with Tickford Racing after a strong first season in 2020,” Hamstead said. “I’ve been a big fan of the team for a long time, so it’s amazing to get to represent them again this year in the Boost Mobile Mustang. We were pretty strong all of last season, we did have some misfortune at some races but overall we were usually in the thick of things at the front, which was a lot of fun. I feel that I’ve definitely stepped up my game this year and have picked up those precious tenths and hundredths that make a huge difference in iRacing, so I’m confident I’ll be right up there again this year and hopefully at the front even more often.”
New to the team and new to the Supercars Pro Eseries is Ethan Warren, who will drive the No. 56 Tickford Ford Mustang in the virtual championship. The younger brother of Dayne, champion of the 2020 Supercars Pro Eseries, Ethan has made a name for himself in sim racing this year, scoring a pair of impressive wins in V8SCOPS. Already team mates with Hamstead in V8SCOPS as part of the Trans Tasman Racing team, Warren is also confident the duo can contend throughout the six-week series.
“I’m very excited to join Tickford Racing and partner up Richard in the Supercars Pro Eseries,” Warren added. “It’s such a competitive series and only gets tighter every year, and this year’s no different. The field is very talented, it’s a very rigorous schedule with six rounds in six weeks, and should produce some really close racing. It’s great to be teaming up with Richard as we’re also team mates at Trans Tasman Racing in iRacing, so we already work together well which should help us in the Eseries. I can’t wait to get stuck into it and hopefully score some great results for Tickford and Tickford Racing.”
Real world drivers Cam Waters and Jack Le Brocq will compete for the team in the Supercars All Stars Eseries, donning their well-known Monster Energy and Truck Assist Racing colours each Wednesday night. Tickford Racing driver Thomas Randle will also compete in the All Stars Eseries, driving the No. 55 BP Ultimate Ford Mustang in a separate entry for BP Ultimate.
Tickford Racing CEO and Team Principal Tim Edwards commended the Eseries format that will bring virtual Supercars racing to screens across the country, and expressed his own confidence in the team’s line up for the six-week series.
“As we saw last year, Supercars has become a world leader in online racing, and the Eseries is a great initiative to engage with our current fanbase while also exposing the series to new audiences both in Australia and around the world. The championship benefits from both the All Stars Eseries and the Pro Eseries, so to bring them together to race on the same night every week is a big win, and we’re very excited to kick things off. Cam and Jack were race winners last year in the All Stars Eseries, so they’ll do us well again, and we’re very happy with our line-up of Richard and Ethan in the Pro Eseries. They’re quick, smart drivers, and have existing chemistry as team mates in other series, so we think they’ll make a formidable pairing, it will be fun to watch and follow along over the next six weeks.”
Both of the Supercars Eseries championships get underway on Wednesday, August 25, commencing a six-week blitz of virtual Supercars action on some of the world’s best circuits. Coverage of the Supercars Eseries starts at 7:00 p.m. AEST every Wednesday night and can be found on Foxtel, Kayo, 7plus, and Supercars digital channels.