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18 June, 2021

Tickford Racing young gun and 2020 Dunlop Super2 Series champion Thomas Randle will step up to a full-time drive with the team in 2022, marking the next step in a remarkable journey for the 25-year old that will see him compete at the pinnacle of Australian motorsport full-time next year.

Randle began his Supercars career with Tickford Racing with an impressive Super2 campaign in 2018, following it up with his main game Supercars debut as a wild card entry in 2019 ahead of his co-driving debut in that year’s Enduro Cup, where he and Lee Holdsworth placed third overall and stood on the podium at the Sandown 500.

The news is a thrill for Randle, whose biggest challenge to date has perhaps been off the track, having beaten testicular cancer over the past 18 months. Confirmation of his step into a full-time drive is a dream come true for the young Victorian.

“I reckon if you said that 20 times it still wouldn’t sink in, but it’s just absolutely phenomenal,” Randle said. “I have so many people to thank: firstly the team at Tickford Racing for trusting me to drive one of their cars next year full-time, my family, my supporters through thick and thin. It’s been a tough ride, not just on-track but off-track as well, I mean it was only six months ago I was finishing my (cancer) treatment. So saying six months later that I’m a full-time driver in 2022 is pretty amazing.”

“The hardest step is always this one, and to be representing some amazing brands in Tickford and Ford, the team’s supporters and members, I’ll do my best to make them proud. I always said I wanted to get there on merit, and I guess there’s no better way to do that than on a race weekend when I get to drive a Supercar! Obviously the main focus is getting through this weekend and then Perth (as a wild card) before Bathurst, and then full focus on a full-time campaign next year. It just feels pretty cool saying it.”

On Friday Tickford Racing was confirmed to have procured a fourth Racing Entitlements Contract for the 2022 season, meaning Randle will race one of four Tickford Mustangs on the 2022 Supercars grid. Tickford Racing CEO and Team Principal expressed his delight in bringing one of the sport’s rising stars to the championship in a full-time capacity.

“From the day we signed Thomas to our Super2 team for 2018 the goal has always been to get him into our main game program, so to have him stepping up with us in 2022 is extremely rewarding,” Edwards said. “It’s absolutely a testament to Thomas’ ability and work ethic, but also to the development program we have within the team. Thomas has obviously been very impressive and has been an excellent ambassador for the team and our partners, and we cannot wait to hit the track with him full-time next year.”

While the 2022 Supercars season will begin on the streets of Newcastle, Randle is in the midst of his second Supercars event of 2021 at the Darwin Triple Crown in the Northern Territory.