Goddard: Bathurst crucial in 2023 seat hopes

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 22/07/2022
  • By James Pavey

Zane Goddard says his Bathurst chance with Tickford Racing is critical in returning to the grid full-time in 2023.

Goddard will partner James Courtney in the #5 Mustang at the Repco Bathurst 1000.

The 22-year-old departed Matt Stone Racing in the off-season, and was picked up by Tickford.

Goddard has been a feature at a number of events, both in Tickford garages and testing the Gen3 prototypes.

Several seats are unaccounted for for next season, and Goddard is determined to make one his own.

Tickford has form at Mount Panorama with Cam Waters spearheading podiums in 2020 and 2021.

Courtney has also scored four Bathurst podiums, and recovered to seventh last year following an early off for Thomas Randle.

Given he will be in a competitive car, Goddard knows he needs to make his Tickford opportunity count.

"My goal is definitely to get back full-time next year,” he told Supercars.com.

“I have to have a good showing at Bathurst.

“Being in a really good car at Bathurst... it’s the biggest race of the year.

“Then being with someone as experience as JC, who has a lot of knowledge.

“Being around a team that has won a lot of races, championships and Bathursts.

“These are all things you can pick up along the way, which are super valuable.”

A full-time return could have come sooner as Goddard loomed to replace Garry Jacobson at PremiAir Racing.

Goddard committed to Tickford, opening the door for James Golding to fill the PremiAir vacancy.

Goddard, who will turn 23 the week after Bathurst, knew the Tickford drive was too good an opportunity to give away.

He would also prove an asset for a team should he be picked up for 2023, given his experience testing the Gen3 prototypes.

“There were about two weeks to put it all together,” he said of the PremiAir deal.

"It all happened very quickly. I always had in mind that I had the contract with Tickford.

“It’s a bloody good opportunity to be in a good car for Bathurst.

“It’s hard to say, sometimes it all just happens. It could have been a good thing."

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2022 Repco Bathurst 1000 combinations

Driver/Co-driver Team
Broc Feeney/Jamie Whincup Red Bull Ampol Racing
Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander Red Bull Ampol Racing
Anton De Pasquale/Tony D'Alberto Shell V-Power Racing Team
Will Davison/Alex Davison Shell V-Power Racing Team
James Courtney/Zane Goddard Tickford Racing
Cam Waters/James Moffat Tickford Racing
Thomas Randle/Zak Best Tickford Racing
Jake Kostecki/Kurt Kostecki Tickford Racing
TBA/Warren Luff Walkinshaw Andretti United
TBA/Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Andretti United
Will Brown/Jack Perkins Erebus Motorsport
Brodie Kostecki/David Russell Erebus Motorsport
Mark Winterbottom/Michael Caruso Team 18
Scott Pye/TBA Team 18
Tim Slade/Tim Blanchard CoolDrive Racing
David Reynolds/Matt Payne Penrite Racing
Lee Holdsworth/Matt Campbell Penrite Racing
Andre Heimgartner/Dale Wood Brad Jones Racing
Bryce Fullwood/Dean Fiore Brad Jones Racing
Macauley Jones/Jordan Boys Brad Jones Racing
Jack Smith/TBA Brad Jones Racing
Chris Pither/TBA PremiAir Racing
James Golding/TBA PremiAir Racing
Jack Le Brocq/Aaron Seton Matt Stone Racing
Todd Hazelwood/TBA Matt Stone Racing
Craig Lowndes/Declan Fraser Triple Eight (wildcard)
Richie Stanaway/Greg Murphy Erebus Motorsport (wildcard)
Matt Chahda/TBA Matt Chahda Motorsport (wildcard)
TBA/TBA Anderson Motorsport (wildcard)
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