Tickford Racing will prepare a Ford Falcon FG X for 2015 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship runner-up Thomas Randle in this year’s Super2 Series.
The 21-year-old Victorian has spent the last two seasons abroad racing a variety of machinery from British F3, Formula Renault 2.0, British LMP3, Toyota Racing Series and Formula V8 3.5. His efforts in Europe were recognised with the British Racing Drivers’ Club awarding him as a Rising Star patron in 2016.
“The fact that I’ve been lucky to drive so many cars, I think that experience will really help me learn this car,” Randle said.
“All the different tyre compounds I’ve been on, the different dynamics of all the cars – prototypes, tin tops, single seaters – you can take different things from different cars.
“I’ve heard the Dunlop Super2 tyre is a very tricky tyre to master, and when we get into testing we’ll find out. I’m sure all the experience I’ve had isn’t going to hurt, and all the racing and race craft I’ve learned over the years will help me too.”
Randle will test his Falcon FG X Super2 car in February, where he will join the likes of Will Brown and Jack Smith as Australian Formula 4 graduates to race in the series.
“The goal is to learn the car, learn the circuits, and try and build every round on my performance,” Randle said.
“Ultimately, if I can get some wins, podiums, that would be fantastic. I’ve got to be realistic, because it’s very tough competition. I’ll be racing against drivers who have been in the championship for four or five years, but in saying that, that isn’t going to stop me from driving as hard as I can. I want to try and make my mark.”
Tickford Racing CEO Tim Edwards was excited to welcome Randle into the team’s development squad, which in previous years has included the likes of Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters and Garry Jacobson.
“Thomas is a young man we’ve had our eye on for a while, so to have him in our camp is exciting news,” Edwards said.
“We’ve seen what he’s capable of both in this part of the world and abroad, and at his age we can develop him in our program and build him into an even more well-rounded driver.
“He’s a strong talent with room to grow, and we’re looking forward to helping him achieve that growth.”
The 2018 Super2 season commences March 1-4 at the Adelaide 500 street circuit.