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 at 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 by 2013. The team acquired an additional licence for 2018 to solidify a strong four-car line-up. 2019 became a refocus into a three car lineup with the fourth as a customer arrangement with 23Red racing’s Milwaukee mustang driven by Will Davison.

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.

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 Cameron Waters in 2015 and Garry Jacobson in 2016.


2015 CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

 
Tickford Racing’s 2015 brought the highest of highs as well as the lowest of lows. With the brand new Falcon FG X on track, Tickford Racing claimed 14 wins between Mostert and Frosty, including five 1-2 finishes, and gifted Winterbottom his first career Supercars championship. The daunting side of racing reared its head at Bathurst, where defending winner Mostert was injured in a frightening qualifying crash which saw him miss the remainder of the season.
 

Tickford Returns to Racing

The 2018 season saw Tickford Racing compete for the first time under its new name, and for the first time housing three cars under its name. Alongside Winterbottom and Waters, Richie Stanaway piloted a fourth entry acquired by the team in the 2017 offseason. Chaz Mostert remained with Rod Nash Racing, which operated out of the Tickford Racing shop. Mark Winterbottom - No. 5 Falcon FG X Cameron Waters - No. 6 Monster Energy Falcon FG X Richie Stanaway - No. 56 Falcon FG X Chaz Mostert (RNR) - No. 55 Falcon FG X

Solid Second Half

Tickford Racing saw a re-emergence in the second half of 2017, as the team collectively gained significant pace through the year. Waters and co-driver Richie Stanaway claimed their first career Supercars victories when they won the Sandown 500 in September, and finished runners up on Saturday at the Gold Coast en route to a third place finish in the Enduro Cup (won by Rod Nash Racing’s Mostert and Owen). Winterbottom suffered his first winless season since joining Tickford in 2006, but scored three podiums en route to sixth in the championship. Mark Winterbottom (6th overall) Cameron Waters (8th overall) Dean Canto (endurance with Winterbottom) Richie Stanaway (endurance with Waters)

Cam Waters Joins the Team

A lean year for Tickford Racing saw Chaz Mostert shift to Rod Nash Racing while newcomer Cameron Waters stepped into the seat of Car 6 for his first full Supercars season. Winterbottom found the top step of the podium at Perth and Auckland, while Waters’ best finish of fourth came at the season opener in Adelaide and was equalled at the Bathurst 1000. Mark Winterbottom (6th overall) Cameron Waters (19th overall) Dean Canto (endurance with Mark Winterbottom) Jack LeBrocq (endurance with Cameron Waters)

First Championship Win

Tickford Racing’s 2015 brought the highest of highs as well as the lowest of lows. With the brand new Falcon FG X on track, Tickford Racing claimed 14 wins between Mostert and Frosty, including five 1-2 finishes, and gifted Winterbottom his first career Supercars championship. The daunting side of racing reared its head at Bathurst, where defending winner Mostert was injured in a frightening qualifying crash which saw him miss the remainder of the season. Cameron Waters drove Car 6 for a majority of the time in Mostert’s absence, while the 21-year old also claimed the Dunlop Super2 championship ahead of a call-up to the main game for 2016. Mark Winterbottom (1st overall) Chaz Mostert (11th overall) Cameron Waters (endurance with Mostert, replaced Mostert at Gold Coast, Auckland, and Phillip Island) Steve Owen (endurance with Winterbottom, replaced Waters at Homebush) Russell Ingall (Gold Coast with Waters)

Welcome Chaz Mostert

The leading Ford team retained much of its form into 2014, even with the introduction of Chaz Mostert to the No. 6 Falcon in place of Davison. For the second consecutive year, Tickford Racing took the Bathurst 1000 in dramatic fashion, as Mostert and Paul Morris claimed the win despite leading just one lap in the entire race, the last one. Mostert also won at Barbagallo en route to seventh in the championship, while Winterbottom took the top spot in four races and third in the season title fight. Mark Winterbottom (3rd overall) Chaz Mostert (7th overall) Steve Owen (endurance with Mark Winterbottom) Paul Morris (endurance with Chaz Mostert)

10 Years Racing

A celebration of the team’s first decade in operation was rewarded with its biggest prize to date: a win at the Bathurst 1000. Mark Winterbottom held off rival Jamie Whincup on the final lap, and with co-driver Richards, won the Great Race for the first time in his career (Richo’s third). Claiming five race wins - including a 1-2 at Townsville - and 19 combined podiums, Davison and Winterbottom ran 3-4 in the championship and consistently established Tickford as a contender on race weekends Drivers Will Davison (3rd overall) Mark Winterbottom (4th overall) Steve Owen (endurance with Will Davison) Steve Richards (endurance with Mark Winterbottom)

A Most Successful Year

The season was undoubtedly the most successful in the team's history as Tickford Racing racked up wins, poles and podiums across the season. Davison and Winterbottom claimed a dominant 1-2 at the season-opening Clipsal 500 before clean-sweeping the rounds in New Zealand, Perth and Phillip Island. Despite enduring a tough run through the mid-part of the season, Tickford recorded a podium at every event before Davison and ex-Formula 1 star Mika Salo broke the drought on the Gold Coast. In a year where only two teams claimed victory the factory Ford squad won 14 races, claimed 11 pole positions and 35 podium finishes. Drivers Mark Winterbottom (3rd overall) Will Davison (4th overall) Steve Richards (endurance with Mark Winterbottom) John McIntyre (endurance with Will Davison)

Fighting Spirit

Tickford Racing endured a mixed first half of the season with poles and podiums peppered with disappointing results. The team then showed its ability and fighting spirit and turned its season around, with Winterbottom clawing his way back up the standings in the back end of the year to claim third overall. The team won two races, claimed eight poles and more than a dozen podiums to end the year as the coming team in the series. Drivers Mark Winterbottom (3rd overall) Will Davison (7th overall) Steve Richards (endurance with Winterbottom) Luke Youlden (endurance with Davison)

Frosty in the Hunt

Frosty was in the hunt for the championship until the second last race of the season in a super-competitive year for the #5 Orrcon Racing Tickford Falcon. Third place provided a solid building-block for 2011. Richo struggled at times but delivered a number of good finishes. The team announced a new naming-rights sponsor for car #6 for 2011, with the driver revealed as Will Davison. Drivers Mark Winterbottom (3rd overall) Steve Richards (17th overall) Luke Youlden (endurance with Winterbottom) James Moffat (endurance with Richards)

A Tough Fight

A tough year for Tickford Racing with mixed results. Richo made it to the podium three times, while Frosty finished the season with 12 podium finishes and a fifth place in the championship. Drivers Mark Winterbottom (5th overall) Steve Richards (13th overall) Dean Canto (endurance with Youlden) Luke Youlden (endurance with Canto)

First 1-2 Finish

Tickford Racing’s progress continued with its closest-ever title challenge in 2008. Mark Winterbottom led the points table in the season’s mid-stages with dominant performances in Queensland and Perth as well as the team’s first-ever 1-2 finish, when Steve Richards led Frosty home in Darwin. Drivers Mark Winterbottom (2nd overall) Steve Richards (8th overall) Dean Canto (endurance with Youlden) Luke Youlden (endurance with Canto)

Pole Position Award

Tickford Racing recorded four pole positions during 2007, earning Mark Winterbottom the 2007 V8 Supercar Pole Position Award. Overall, Tickford gained a top-five Championship result with Winterbottom fifth and Richards seventh overall. Drivers Mark Winterbottom (5th overall) Steve Richards (7th overall) Owen Kelly (endurance with Richards for Sandown and Halliday for Bathurst) Matt Halliday (endurance with Winterbottom for Sandown and Kelly for Bathurst)

Bahrain Desert 400 V8 Supercar Race

The team’s hard work and determination resulted in Tickford Racing’s most successful season to date in 2006. Highlights included winning the prestigious Sandown 500 (Bright & Winterbottom) and the inaugural Bahrain Desert 400 V8 Supercar round (Bright), along with several top three results by both drivers. This earned the team second-place honours in the Teams’ Championship, along with third and fifth places in the Drivers’ Championship. Drivers Jason Bright (5th overall) Mark Winterbottom (3rd overall) Matt Halliday (endurance with Brabham at Bathurst and McLean at Sandown) Cameron McLean (endurance with Halliday at Sandown) David Brabham (endurance with Halliday at Bathurst)

Rebuilding Foundations

Rebuilding its engine programme, Tickford struggled for consistent speed. This year’s work, however, laid the foundations for an excellent 2006. Drivers Jason Bright (9th overall) Greg Ritter (27th overall) David Brabham (endurance with Bright + last two rounds, replacing Ritter) Cameron McLean (endurance with Ritter)

Strong Bathurst Performance

A difficult season for the fledgling team, race engine reliability proved difficult. Despite that Tickford still managed to secure a second runner-up spot at the iconic Mount Panorama thanks to some shrewd tactics. Drivers Craig Lowndes (20th overall) Glenn Seton (15th overall) Alain Menu (endurance with Macrow) Adam Macrow (endurance with Menu)

Ford Performance Racing

Tickford Racing was established in December 2002 after Prodrive, the world’s largest independent automotive engineering company, bought Glenn Seton Racing. The team won its second V8 Supercar round when Tickford Racing’s crew made a crucial weather call, keeping Craig Lowndes out at Phillip Island whilst others made early tyre stops. The rain the team had anticipated came 17 laps from the finish bringing everyone in for wets. Lowndes, having not already pitted, emerged in front. Drivers Craig Lowndes (5th overall) Glenn Seton (15th overall) David Besnard (21st overall) Owen Kelly (endurance with Besnard) Darren Hossack (endurance with Macrow) Adam Macrow (endurance with Hossack)

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