Courtney hints at future plans

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 28/07/2020
  • By Connor O'Brien

James Courtney has indicated his future plans could be settled before long after a happy start to life in the Tickford Racing camp.

Having nearly signed with the Ford squad for the 2011 season, a partnership finally did eventuate during the COVID-19 shutdown after 23Red Racing’s exit.

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Two rounds at Sydney Motorsport Park in the #44 Boost Mobile Racing Mustang have netted a best of fourth place – missing out on a podium by the narrowest of margins.

“It’s good, you’re racing in and around the guys I feel I should be battling with,” Courtney told Supercars.com.

“The relationship is still very, very new with these guys and this is just a taste of what we’re building towards and what can come. I’m super excited.

“I’ve enjoyed the last two race weekends probably more than I have in years, so obviously when you’re enjoying it you’re doing it better as well.”

With the initial Tickford deal running through to the end of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Courtney made no secret of a desire to extend further into the future.

“Pete [Adderton, Boost Mobile founder] is really happy with how everything is going with these guys and the way he’s been treated and all that sort of stuff so he’s pretty pumped,” said Courtney.

“I don’t think it will be too long and there will probably be some more information or news on that front, which I’m pretty excited about.

“It’s good as a championship if people want to commit and be part of it, especially with the economic climate and the way it is at the moment. So good times ahead.”

Next up on the calendar is the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown on August 8-9, where Courtney will be targeting improvement on the qualifying front.

“I think the qualifying side of things still requires a unique thing and I think [SMP] highlights it more than anywhere else because the corners are so long and loaded,” he said.

“So touch wood, I think it’s going to be quite different when we get to Darwin, just with the way the circuit is. You’re always learning.”

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