TICKFORD RACING – 2021 CO-DRIVER LINE-UP
15 February, 2021
James Moffat and Alex Prémat will join Thomas Randle as co-drivers for Tickford Racing at the 2021 Bathurst 1000. Moffat will mark his fourth Bathurst tilt with the squad, while Prémat will make his delayed race debut with the team in October.
A standout co-driver in last year’s Great Race, Moffat, who was runner-up at Bathurst in 2014 and finished fourth with Tickford in the 2018 edition of the ‘1000,’ relishes the chance to compete for Bathurst glory with the Melbourne-based outfit.
“It’s great to be back with the boys and girls and Tickford,” Moffat said. “We’re going on four years together now so obviously knowing the team, knowing the cars, all that familiarity is nice to have, and knowing that we’ll be in the fight at the pointy end is even better. October’s a long way away, but I’m really looking forward to getting into it with everyone and having a red hot crack at the big one.”
Prémat tested with the team in February 2020 ahead of a planned co-drive in last season’s long distance races, before international travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant the Los Angeles-based Frenchman could not compete. Gradually easing travel restrictions open the opportunity for the 2019 Bathurst winner to travel to Australia for the country’s biggest motor race.
“Finally. I’m mega delighted to come back to the Bathurst 1000,” Prémat said. “I missed it so much last year and I am ready to put my hat in the ring this season. I’m very motivated to come back, especially after seeing how well the Tickford team did in 2020. I can’t wait to get back to Australia later this year and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Tickford Racing CEO and Team Principal Tim Edwards is pleased to retain both drivers, who combined with 2020 Super2 champion Randle form an impressive slate of co-drivers for Supercars’ crown jewel event.
“We’ve been fortunate to have great co-driver line-ups the past few years, and this is another very strong group,” Edwards said. “Moff and Tom have both done a great job for us in the past – and if you look at last year they were two of the fastest co-drivers out there – and Alex has won the bloody race before, so we’re very happy with what they bring to the team. Each of them is reliable and quick, which is exactly what we need for this race and gives us the confidence that we have the right guys in our cars for all 161 laps.”
Edwards also commented on plans for Prémat’s travels to ensure he can compete in the Great Race.
“Fortunately international travel restrictions are starting to open up which gives us the chance to bring Alex over,” Edwards said. “We’ll go through the necessary steps to secure a travel exemption, and Alex is prepared to do his 14 days of quarantine, testing, and everything else involved to come over. He’ll get some seat time at our regular enduro test, then we’ll head to Bathurst and go for it.”
Tickford will determine its driver pairings for the Bathurst 1000 at a later date. While Prémat will not attend the team’s pre-season test at Winton Motor Raceway, Moffat and Randle will have the chance to reacquaint with the team’s Ford Mustangs in preparation for the 2021 Supercars season, which begins February 26-28 at the Mount Panorama 500. The Bathurst 1000 – Supercars’ sole two-driver race on the 2021 calendar – will take place October 7-10.