Tickford Racing announces engineering reshuffle

James Courtney will be engineered by Brad Wischusen

Tickford Racing has given its engineering line-up a reshuffle in the wake of its downscale to three cars.

Engineering manager Brad Wischusen will engineer James Courtney, taking over from Brendan Hogan who has since moved to the Blanchard Racing Team as its team manager.

Meanwhile, Sam Potter and Sam Scaffidi will engineer Cameron Waters and Jack Le Brocq respectively.

Tickford Racing team boss Tim Edwards said continuity was key in the team’s engineering line-up.

“Obviously Cam (Waters) and Sam Potter are operating well together, so we didn’t want to touch that,” said Edwards.

“But with Brendan leaving we felt that putting JC and Brad together will work well because they’re both very experienced and have a lot of knowledge between the two of them.

“We believe they’ll operate well and can help improve all of our cars while achieving results of their own.

“Putting ‘Scaff’ and Jack together has promise, too.

“Scaff did a great job in 2019 helping Lee (Holdsworth) get up to speed in our car and Jack was really starting to figure things out at the end of 2020, so we think they’ll play well off of each other and can find those last few hundredths to get Jack to the front more frequently.

“All around we have a great group of people in our camp, and we’re very excited for the year ahead.”

Brad Wischusen

Matthew Roberts will continue as team manager with Ben Milton retained as chief mechanic, the pair both in their third year in their respective positions.

Nathaniel Osborne will oversee the engineering department as chief engineer and continue leading the team’s Gen3 development.

Raymond Lau and Rhys Lenegan stay onboard as data engineers. Adam Mittek continues as engine engineer.

“This is a team game, after all, and in terms of our crew we’re really happy to have almost all of our team from 2020 back with us in 2021,” Edwards said.

“All of our engineers and mechanics worked with us last season, most of them are still on the same car, and even back at the workshop we have all the same department heads as last year.

“After a year where so much changed, it’s really positive to have the same faces around the workshop, and that consistency gives us added confidence heading into the new season.

“Obviously 2020 was a tough year for everyone, but it galvanised the team in a lot of ways and you could say it helped us improve as a team, our results certainly reinforced that.”

Tickford Racing will test at Winton Motor Raceway on February 16.

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