Tickford Racing operates as one of the largest teams in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, running three cars in-house with drivers Cameron Waters, Lee Holdsworth and Jack Le Brocq.
Created as Ford Performance Racing, before running as Prodrive Racing Australia from 2014 to 2017, the team was established in December 2002 after Prodrive, the world’s largest independent automotive engineering company bought Glenn Seton Racing. In 2010, Rod Nash joined forces with the then Ford factory team and paired his Rod Nash Racing entry with Prodrive Racing, where his Ford would be run from their Campbellfield workshop. The association would eventually see Nash take control of the team in 2013. The team has run as many as four full-time entries in the championship and operated a number of customer entries in-house, but enters the 2021 season as a three-car operation.
With a strong history of Supercars results, Tickford Racing claimed its maiden Bathurst 1000 title in 2013 at the hands of Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards in a thrilling finish, holding out to win the race by just half a second. The team then backed up the performance in 2014, with young-gun Chaz Mostert and veteran Paul Morris taking out the Bathurst crown in a stunning last-to-first performance to claim the win on the final lap. 2015 stands as the team’s best year to date, which culminated in Mark Winterbottom winning the drivers’ championship after a standout year in the new FG X.
Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 was in many ways a banner year for Tickford Racing, routinely challenging for podiums and race wins, including a pole and runner-up finish for Cam Waters and Will Davison at the Bathurst 1000. Waters ended the 2020 season second in the drivers’ championship, marking the best championship result for the team since 2015.
Now owned by racing stalwarts Rod Nash and Rusty French, as well as motorsport enthusiast Sven Burchartz, Tickford Racing has not only enjoyed success in the Supercars main game but also in the Supercars development series, the Dunlop Super2 Series, winning Dunlop Super2 Series Championships with Waters in 2015 and Garry Jacobson in 2016.