Tickford Racing has declared “the show goes on” for the Ford squad following news that star driver Chaz Mostert will defect to Walkinshaw Andretti United in 2020.
The team issued a statement to coincide with WAU’s confirmation of a multi-year deal with the 27-year-old.
Tickford first signed Mostert in late 2011, entering a car in the Dunlop Super2 Series for the youngster midway through the season.
He remained in Super2 until being loaned to then customer squad Dick Johnson Racing to make his main game debut partway through 2013.
Mostert then graduated to Tickford’s own main line-up in 2014, winning Bathurst with the squad that year.
Finishing seventh in that year’s championship, he was 11th in 2015 after a season cut short by injury, before recording seventh, fifth, sixth and fifth in subsequent seasons.
“Tickford Racing can confirm that Chaz Mostert’s tenure with the team has come to an end,” read the team’s statement.
“Over nearly nine seasons, we have had the privilege to develop Chaz from a raw, young talent to one of the sport’s top racing drivers, but believe it is time for team and driver to seek new challenges and opportunities.
“We have shared many fond memories together, perhaps none greater than winning the epic 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, and look forward to competing against him in 2020.
“The show goes on for us at Tickford Racing, and we look forward to introducing an addition to our driver line up in the near future.
“After a 2019 season that included 22 podium finishes, we are certainly excited about what lies in store for 2020 and beyond.”
Jack Le Brocq is expected to be drafted into Tickford’s Supercheap Auto entry to replace Mostert, joining existing drivers Cameron Waters, Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison.