Tickford Racing have confirmed that Thomas Randle will be in one of the Tickford Super2 FGX Falcons in the Dunlop Super2 Series this year.
As previously reported, that Randle will be one of their drivers, being confirmed the Super2 driver of the #5 FG/X Falcon. The signing marks a return to Australian motorsport for Randle, who contested a number of European series’ in 2016 and 2017.
“First of all it’s great to be back in Australia,” said Randle.
“I’ve had an amazing time in Europe the last two years, and I’d like to firstly thank all my supporters there, and Rusty French for his continued support as I return to Australia.”
“To be part of Tickford Racing is pretty special, and to begin this new chapter of my career in this way feels pretty remarkable, I’m really looking forward to getting into it.”
“The fact that I’ve been lucky to drive so many cars, I think that experience will really help me learn this car. All the different tyre compounds I’ve been on, the different dynamics of all the cars – prototypes, tin tops, single seaters – you can take different things from different cars.”
“I’ve heard the Dunlop Super2 tyre is a very tricky tyre to master, and when we get into testing we’ll find out. I’m sure all the experience I’ve had isn’t going to hurt, and all the racing and race craft I’ve learned over the years will help me too.”
While his talent is apparent, team principal and CEO Tim Edwards points to Randle’s youth as an area that excites him, that bears resemblance to the likes of Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters, and Garry Jacobson, who were groomed in Tickford Racing’s development program.
“Thomas is a young man we’ve had our eye on for a while, so to have him in our camp is exciting news,” said Edwards.
“We’ve seen what he’s capable of both in this part of the world and abroad, and at his age we can develop him in our program and build him into an even more well-rounded driver.”
“The aim is to help him sustain a long, successful career with Tickford Racing, and the Super2 category will provide a good challenge for him to start with. He’s a strong talent with room to grow, and we’re looking forward to helping him achieve that growth.”
Tickford Racing also confirms the 2016 champion Garry Jacobson is no longer part of the team.