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Blanchard expands after acquiring Tickford TRC

The Blanchard Racing Team will expand to run two cars in Supercars next season after securing a second Teams Racing Charter from Tickford Racing.

The move comes after Tickford announced it would downscale from four cars to two for 2024, with BRT taking the opportunity to expand having run a single car since 2021.

The team has already announced plans to run a second car in the enduro events at Sandown and Bathurst, with Jake Kostecki and rookie Aaron Love on driving duties.

“We are incredibly excited to be expanding BRT into a two-car team for the 2024 season,” team boss Tim Blanchard said.

“Expansion was always part of our five-year plan when we started the team, and after taking steps in that direction this year with the wildcard and Super2 programs, we feel the timing is ideal.

“Starting as a one-car team was right for us initially, but we are now in the position where we need two cars’ worth of data for development purposes, and to also expand the business to create greater depth in staffing and other resources.

“This in turn, will ensure BRT will become even more competitive and sustainable moving forwards.

“We will announce drivers, sponsors, and other key components of the expansion in the coming weeks, but we are well advanced in the preparation for 2024 while still focussed on finishing this year strongly.”

Todd Hazelwood has driven the lone BRT entry this year with James Courtney having been linked with the team.