Tickford rookie locked in for Enduro Cup

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 26/08/2019
  • By Connor O'Brien

Dunlop Super2 Series driver Thomas Randle has been confirmed for Tickford Racing's final PIRTEK Enduro Cup seat, alongside Lee Holdsworth.

Randle had been expected to share the Bottle-O Mustang with Holdsworth since turning laps in it during Phillip Island's pre-season test in February.

The 23-year-old is in his second Super2 season with the Ford squad and last month nailed his maiden race win in the category at Queensland Raceway.

He built on that momentum by running as a Tickford wildcard entry at the OTR SuperSprint across the weekend, highlighted by a top 10 in Friday practice.

The rest of the weekend would prove a little tougher, the rookie going on to take a pair of 17th-place race finishes.

“I’m extremely happy to join Tickford Racing and Lee for the enduros this year,” Randle said.

“Having been around the world trying to forge a racing career, I came back to Australia with the goal of being a Supercars driver, so I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to race with Lee and The Bottle-O Racing Team at some of the biggest races in Australia.

“I remember growing up watching Bathurst with my Dad, so to think I’ll be on the grid and competing in the 1000 this year with my family there with me is a dream come true.

“It’s a race I’ve always wanted to compete in … I really can’t wait to get out there and do my best for the team.”

Randle completes a revamped enduro line-up at Tickford, where Chaz Mostert and James Moffat are the only unchanged combination from 2018.

Kelly Racing refugee Michael Caruso was signed to partner Cameron Waters, while customer Milwaukee Racing moved in-house with its Will Davison/Alex Davison pairing.

The enduro field itself is all but set, with only Tekno Autosports to confirm team owner Jonathon Webb will continue alongside Jack Le Brocq.

Four rookies are set to tackle the Bathurst, Gold Coast and Sandown events.

Randle is accompanied by Matt Stone Racing's Jack Smith and cousins Brodie and Jake Kostecki, who will share a wildcard Kostecki Brothers Racing Holden.

IndyCar Series drivers Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe will also line up at Bathurst for the first time in a Walkinshaw Andretti United wildcard Commodore, the latter having briefly tasted Supercars at the 2012 Gold Coast 600 for Garry Rogers Motorsport.

This year's Enduro Cup kicks off with the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on October 10-13, followed by the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 on October 25-27 and Penrite Oil Sandown 500 on November 8-10.

2019 PIRTEK Enduro Cup line-up

# Team Primary Driver Co-Driver
2 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing Scott Pye Warren Luff
3 RABBLE.club Racing Garry Jacobson Dean Fiore
5 The Bottle-O Racing Team Lee Holdsworth Thomas Randle
6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Michael Caruso
7 Plus Fitness Racing Andre Heimgartner Bryce Fullwood
8 Brad Jones Racing Nick Percat Tim Blanchard
9 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Luke Youlden
12 Shell V-Power Racing Fabian Coulthard Tony D'Alberto
14 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Ash Walsh
15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Dale Wood
17 Shell V-Power Racing Scott McLaughlin Alex Premat
18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Steven Richards
19 Truck Assist TEKNO Jack Le Brocq Jonathon Webb*
21 Team CoolDrive Macauley Jones Dean Canto
22 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing James Courtney Jack Perkins
23 Milwaukee Racing Will Davison Alex Davison
27** Walkinshaw Andretti United Alexander Rossi James Hinchcliffe
33 Boost Mobile Racing Richie Stanaway Chris Pither
34 Boost Mobile Racing James Golding Richard Muscat
35 Bigmate Racing Todd Hazelwood Jack Smith
55 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert James Moffat
78 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Alex Rullo
97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Garth Tander
99 Penrite Racing Anton De Pasquale Will Brown
888 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Craig Lowndes
TBA Kostecki Brothers Racing Brodie Kostecki Jake Kostecki

*yet to be announced

**Bathurst 1000 only

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