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James Courtney signs new ‘multi-year’ Tickford deal

Former champion James Courtney will remain on the Supercars grid for 2022 and beyond after signing a new ‘multi-year’ deal with Tickford Racing.

Courtney joined the Ford team mid-way through last season and is ninth in the standings going into the final rounds of the current campaign in Sydney and then at Bathurst.

“It’s awesome to get this deal done with Tim [Edwards] and the team, and I’m very excited to be sticking around with the boys and girls at Tickford,” he said. “We’ve got a really good team dynamic going and we’ve had some strong results on track since I joined the team a year and half ago.

“No doubt we want to do even better when we go back racing later this month, but I’m really enjoying working with the team and driver group at Tickford, and it’s a really nice feeling heading into the rest of the year knowing my future’s taken care of.

“It’s great to sort everything out and get that out of the way, which allows us to really go after the back half of this season, and hopefully take home a bunch of silverware to build our momentum for 2022.”

Team principal Edwards said he was thrilled to keep the 2010 title winner onboard as the series moves towards the Gen3 era.

“James has been a great addition to the team since he’s come on board and we’re delighted to be going around again with him in a multi-year agreement,” he said. “He’s been a great source of insight for our engineers and an excellent sounding board for his team mates since he joined our program, he’s fit in with the whole team really well and has driven some great races for us, so we’re more than happy to keep him around.

“In addition to all that, we expect his feedback will be particularly valuable as we transition to and develop the Gen3 Ford Mustang, which certainly excites both of us quite a bit. We’re looking forward to seeing JC’s continued contributions to the team across the rest of this season, and are very excited to see what we can accomplish together in the future.”