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Dalton secures Tickford Supercars wildcard

Supercars
15 Jun
Rising Super2 driver to make Supercars debut in Tickford Mustang
2 mins by James Pavey
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  • Tickford confirms Lochie Dalton wildcard

  • Super2 driver to race at Sydney SuperNight

  • Dalton joined Tickford Autosport in 2024

Rising Tickford Racing star Lochie Dalton has secured a wildcard for the upcoming Panasonic Air Conditioning Sydney SuperNight.

The Tasmanian will race a third Tickford Gen3 Mustang alongside Cam Waters and Thomas Randle in Sydney on July 19-21.

Dalton becomes the latest young driver to make a wildcard start for Tickford, after Randle (2019 and 2021) and Zak Best (2022).

The 22-year-old made the switch from Brad Jones Racing to Tickford for the 2024 Dunlop Series, and is eighth in the points after two rounds.

A protege of two-time Supercars champion and fellow Tasmanian Marcos Ambrose, Dalton will race his Tickford Super2 Mustang in Townsville before making his Supercars debut.

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Dalton has finishes of seventh, fifth, 10th and 14th in 2024, and claimed his maiden Super2 round podium in Perth last April.

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"I am over the moon to be making my Supercars main game debut at Sydney, it is a dream come true for myself, my family and my supporters/partners," Dalton said.

"I can't wait to see where I rank against the best in Australia and what lessons I take away to come back and be better. It will also be great to have a Tasmanian back on the Supercars stage."

Tickford CEO Simon Brookhouse was excited to see another Tickford junior come through the ranks, saying: "It’s great to see that our pathway for young talent through our Tickford Autosport program, can provide the opportunity to benchmark their skill set and gain valuable experience in the top level.

"To start Lochie’s preparation, we’ve brought him to Darwin to be with our main game and be part of the group. Sitting in the pre and debriefs with our engineers and both Cam and Tom. This will hopefully have him in great shape for his main game debut."

Team owner Rod Nash added: “We have always been a team that has blooded drivers and been able to elevate them on a consistent basis.

"We’ve shown we’re a team that has a repeat level of success and now as a focused two car main game operation, we haven’t lost sight of our development. We’ve actually placed a larger lens on this, with three cars running this year in Super2."

Tickford will conduct a pre-Sydney test day for Dalton, who will resume his Dunlop Series campaign at the NTI Townsville 500 on July 5-7, two weeks before the Sydney round.

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