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Fraser lands full-time drive with Tickford Racing

Declan Fraser steps into the Tickford Racing Tradie-backed Ford Mustang vacated by Jake Kostecki.

13 January 2023

Reigning Dunlop Super2 Series champion Declan Fraser will replace Jake Kostecki in the Tradie-backed Tickford Racing Ford Mustang in 2023.

Fraser claimed the second-tier title in 2022, making his main-game debut in a Bathurst wildcard entry alongside Craig Lowndes at Triple Eight Race Engineering.

Kostecki was released by Tickford Racing, paving the way for Fraser to step into the full-time main-game role alongside Cameron Waters, James Courtney and Thomas Randle in the four-car team.

“At the end of the Super2 season we didn’t really know where we were heading for 2023, so to get the call from Tim (Edwards) and everyone was pretty exciting,” said Fraser.

“Getting from Super2 to the main game is a really tough step to make, especially from a financial perspective, so to have Tim and the team at Tickford Racing offer me this drive on performance is really special.

“It shows that Super2 is a great platform to prepare young drivers for the main game, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.

“It’s awesome to be representing Tradie as well, I’ve actually done four years of apprenticeship and have my tradesman’s certificate as an electrician. It’s a funny coincidence, but really cool to partner up with such a fun brand in Tradie, I can’t wait to get started.

“I’ve been in a big team before, but obviously that was in a Super2 role. I’m excited to see how Tickford go about their main game team and want to learn just as much as possible.

“I think this year is the perfect time to jump into the main game with Gen3 coming along, it levels the playing field for everyone. We’re a four-car team, and Tickford has a lot of experience in developing cars, of course Thomas (Randle) and I will have our rookie test days as well, so we’ll have a fair bit of track time and hopefully we can put all that together and have a really strong year.”

The arrival Tickford’s ‘draftee’ comes along with the continued support of workwear and underwear brand, Tradie, which will serve as naming rights partner of Fraser’s Ford Mustang. Tradie CEO and founder Ben Goodfellow joined Edwards in welcoming Fraser to the team ahead of what will be the sixth season of partnership between Tradie and Tickford Racing.

CEO and team principal of Tickford Racing Tim Edwards added: “It’s funny how things work. We went into Adelaide trying to beat Declan in Super2, and here we are a few weeks later preparing him to suit up with us in the main game for 2023. This sport works in strange ways sometimes, but Declan has all the qualities you look for in a young driver, so we are excited to work with him and are confident he will do a fine job for the team.”