Tickford expands to three cars in Super2
Brad Vaughan joined by Lochie Dalton, Rylan Gray
Dalton arrives from Brad Jones Racing
Tickford Racing has expanded its development program, Tickford Autosport, to run three cars in the 2024 Dunlop Series.
The Ford team announced Monday that Brad Vaughan, who raced for the team in 2024, will be joined by Lochie Dalton and Rylan Gray in a three-car line-up.
Vaughan, the 2022 Super3 champion, returns for his second season with the team, with his 2023 campaign highlighted by two pole positions en route to 12th ovetall.
Dalton arrives from Brad Jones Racing, and scored an overall podium at the Perth event last April. The Tasmanian finished the year with five top tens, and ended up 10th overall.
“2023 was a learning season. I’ve had the highs of achieving pole positions, but aim to be more consistent in 2024," Vaughan, 19, said. "I’ve worked super hard in the off season to make this happen”.
Dalton, 21, added: “I’ve enjoyed my first year in Super2 and I am excited to be joining Tickford for 2024. I can’t wait to get stuck in at next week’s test and learn amongst the crew”.
Gray turned 17 in the lead up to last year’s VAILO Adelaide 500 event, and finished second in his first race and secured an overall weekend podium.
“I’m stoked to have driven with Tickford in my first Super3 event and get a result," Gray said. "I’m pumped about the prospects within Super2 and with the team for the 2024 championship”.
Tickford Autosport also goes beyond Supercars, with Charlie Nash, son of Tickford co-owner Rod Nash, to race in this year's Toyota 86 series. He will also continue with Excel Racing, with his 2023 campaign highlighted by three wins at the Shannon Trophy Series event at The Bend Motorsport Park.
Nash, 16, will be joined by Seth Burchartz, son of Tickford co-owner Sven Burchartz. The 17-year-old will enter select rounds of the 2024 Formula Ford series. Last year, Burchartz also competed in the E90 Racing category and the BMW Drivers Cup.
"With our program enabling rising talent to grow within Tickford Autosport, we’re thrilled to have our drivers working on honing their skills with a broad support network around them," Rod Nash said.
"We’ve had the ultimate success in the past and 2024 is shaping up as a very exciting year for our team."
This year's Dunlop Series gets underway at the Thrifty Bathurst 500 on February 23-25. Tickets are on sale now.