Tickford confirms Cam Waters, Thomas Randle for 2024
Monster Energy to again back Waters, Castrol remains on Randle car
Tickford downscales to two cars for new season
Cam Waters and Thomas Randle have been formally announced to spearhead Tickford Racing next season.
Waters and Randle have been full-time teammates since 2022, with the two former Super2 champions staying on as Tickford downscales to two cars in 2024.
James Courtney has already been confirmed at the expanded Blanchard Racing Team for 2024, leaving Declan Fraser on the lookout for a new drive.
With Waters and Randle formally announced, it leaves just two seats — at Brad Jones Racing — to be officially confirmed for the new season.
BJR is on the hunt for at least one driver, with Jack Smith calling an end to his full-time Supercars career. Macauley Jones, meanwhile, has been full-time since 2019.
Waters won two of the last four races in the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship, and heads into 2024 a title favourite.
"I’m super excited about where the team is heading,” the 2015 Super2 champion said.
“Rod [Nash, owner], Sven [Burchartz, owner], and Tim [Edwards, former CEO and Team Principal] have put a massive amount of work behind the scenes to allow us to make the next step forward.
"The two-car model excites me, and I can’t think of a better person to be teaming up with than Thomas. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into next year.”
Randle, meanwhile, is set up for his best season yet after scoring four solo podiums and a maiden pole position in 2023.
“I’m thrilled to be announcing today that I have re-signed with Tickford Racing to continue piloting the Castrol Racing Mustang full time in 2024 and beyond,” Randle said.
"Castrol has been a long supporter of mine, so to continue this partnership into the future is fantastic.
"It’s been a great first two years in the championship, especially this year, grabbing my first pole position and a trio of podiums.
"Being more streamlined with two cars and hopefully with all the parity stuff sorted, I feel like this is the team’s best chance of having a crack at winning the drivers' title and teams' championship. Bring it on.”
The 2024 season will be the team’s first as a two-car squad for over 10 years, and the first without Edwards at the helm in nearly 20 years.
“2024 is going to be a complete freshen up of the team as we reduce to two TRCs,” Nash said.
"With Cam and Thomas leading our charge, we are laser-focused on elevating to the full potential of what our race team has been working on over the last couple of years.
"Cam is a consistent front runner and Thomas has been advancing well towards his full potential.
“So with this change to the team and driver combination, we believe we can mix it with the best within our great category of Supercars."
Monster Energy and Castrol will also remain as the naming rights backers of Waters’ and Randle’s Ford Mustangs respectively.
“Monster Energy’s core marketing program is built around motorsports,” said Jono Channing, Monster Energy Marketing Director.
“We’re excited to continue our support with Tickford Racing and Cam Waters as we look to chase down more wins and a drivers' championship in 2024."
Jotika Prasad, Castrol Marketing Director, added: “Castrol is excited to be moving forward with Tickford into 2024, celebrating our 22nd year of partnership with the team.
"The Castrol brand and products have been part of every car driven by both Thomas and Cam throughout their Supercars careers. We’ve got every confidence that this pairing will be as competitive as any on the grid next year.
"Having notched multiple podiums in just his second season, the sky’s the limit for Thomas in the Castrol Racing Mustang. Meanwhile, Cam is unquestionably one of the biggest talents in the sport.
"With the full power of Castrol, Ford, and Tickford behind them, we can’t wait to see them push the very edge of performance in 2024.”
The new season will commence at the Thrifty Bathurst 500 on February 23-25. Tickets are on sale now.