18 MAY 2020
Boost Mobile Racing and James Courtney partner with Tickford Racing
Boost Mobile, the world's largest youth-focused telco brand, and 2010 Supercars champion James Courtney have partnered with Tickford Racing to contest the remainder of the 2020 Supercars season. Resuming June 27-28 at Sydney Motorsport Park, Courtney will pilot the No. 44 car for Boost Mobile Racing, completing Tickford Racing's four-car Ford Mustang stable following the departure of 23Red Racing and driver Will Davison last week.
Courtney, a 15-time Supercar race winner, is elated to continue his long association with Boost Mobile as lead driver for Boost Mobile Racine, and step into the Tickford Racing frame, where he will race a Ford Supercar for the first time since his championship campaign in 2010.
"It's funny, when Tim (Edwards) and I first spoke we joked that this is the fourth time we've tried to put a deal together, but I'm very happy that it's all come off this time," Courtney said. "Certainly it's unfortunate what has happened with Will and 23Red. It's a tough situation, but when one door closes another opens, and I'm just grateful that Boost Mobile have come on board and tapped me to continue in growing and building Boost Mobile Racing."
The Queensland-based driver started the 2020 season with Team Sydney, but departed the team following the season-opening Adelaide 500. Boost Mobile Racing has committed to Courtney and Tickford Racing for the remainder of the 2020 Supercars season.
"Given the way my last few months have gone, I couldn't be happier with the outcome. From the end of February up until now my world's been upside down and all over the place. To come out of that situation with this opportunity, I'm very happy. I see a lot potential in what we can achieve together and I'm looking forward to racing for Boost Mobile Racing and working alongside the incredibly talented team at Tickford Racing."
"To get back into a Ford is exciting as well," he continued. "The last time I stepped out of a Ford I was champion, so stepping back in brings some good memories. It does bring you some warm feelings, I've obviously had some great results with Ford and coming back brings back all those fond memories, hopefully we'll create some more in the Boost Mobile Ford Mustang."
Tickford Racing CEO and Team Principal Tim Edwards has expressed gratitude over the partnership with Boost Mobile and acquisition of Courtney, which ensures the team will continue to operate four Supercar entries from its Campbellfield, Victoria workshop.
"We were certainly put into a difficult situation last week losing 23Red Racing, but the leadership team at Boost Mobile have come up big and we are very happy to welcome Boost Mobile Racing to the Tickford family," Edwards said. "To have a champion of the sport in James and a brand with the profile and passion of Boost Mobile come on board, given the circumstances you couldn't ask for a better outcome to the scenario we were faced with. Looking back, the success we have accumulated over the years has come from the raw, genuine passion of our team, partners, and fans. Boost Mobile's leadership exemplifies that level of commitment to the sport, and we are elated to partner with a group who provide that."
Edwards has also commended Courtney's attitude on joining the team, which offers an encouraging first step to the relationship between team and driver.
"Speaking with James, he has the same confidence about him that won him a championship in 2010, and he has something to prove, which we like," Edwards added. "It's ironic, he beat us to that championship in 2010, and we thought we were going to sign him for the following year! So it's all come full circle, we can't wait to hit the track with James next month."
Boost Mobile Founder and Chairman Peter Adderton is pleased to announce his company's partnership with Tickford Racing, the fourth winningest team in Australian motorsport history.
"We are excited that Boost Mobile Racing will join Tickford Racing for the remainder of the 2020 Supercars season, with our long-time Boost ambassador James Courtney piloting the No. 44 Ford Mustang," Adderton said. "We have a history with Tim and the team at Tickford, playing a small part in Cam and Richie's endurance season and their win at Sandown in 2017, so we look forward to seeing what James can do in a Boost Mobile backed Ford Mustang. When we were asked to step up and keep a Mustang on track we didn't hesitate. It's tough times like these that make Australians stand together. Boost Mobile will support Supercars and most importantly the fans during this tough time."
Adderton continued, citing the challenges the sport faces and the need for brands like Boost Mobile to support the championship and its teams in the current business climate.
"These are very uncertain time's for sports in general and motorsport in particular," he said. "In a sport traditionally funded by sponsors, it is more important than ever for brands to step up if they are able, not just for the future of the Supercars Championship but the teams and the people behind them. I have been involved and supporting motorsport in Australia for over 20 years and to this day remain one of its biggest fans. We were saddened to hear about 23Red Racing leaving the championship, Phil (Munday, 23Red Racing owner) has been an incredible asset to Supercars and his passion will be missed in the paddock, but he and his family will always have a home at Boost Mobile Racing."
"I would also like to call on brands to get behind Australian sport in this trying time, even if it wasn't in your original 2020 plans," Adderton added. "In motorsport, Bathurst is as entrenched in our history as any major sporting event in this country, and now is the time for corporates to step up and support Australian sports as they fight for their very survival in the coming months and beyond."
The opportunity for Boost Mobile Racing to join the team grew over the course of last week when Tickford Racing customer team 23Red Racing was forced to withdraw itself and driver Will Davison from the championship following the loss of its primary partner. In response, Edwards offered words of thanks to 23Red Racing for their support across the 2018, 2019, and early stages of the 2020 Supercars seasons.
"We'd be remiss if we didn't offer a massive thank you to Will, Phil, and the 23Red Racing program for their efforts the past two and a half years," Edwards said. "We shared a technical alliance with them in 2018 where they punched above their weight as a rookie team, then became an invaluable addition last year through our customer program. We shared some great results in 2019, and in Adelaide this year they showed that they were ready to contend for podiums and wins again. Unfortunately things outside of their control forced them to make that tough decision, so while we are happy to have James and Boost Mobile come aboard, we are grateful to everyone at 23Red Racing for their time and effort."
James Courtney will be joined by team mates Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang), Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang), and Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) when the Supercars Championship reconvenes at Sydney Motorsport Park for Round 2 of the 2020 campaign, June 27-28.