Tickford Racing has announced who will pilot the No.56 car in this year’s Supercars Championship after sacking Jake Kostecki.
Last year’s Super2 Series title winner Declan Fraser has earned the call up from the championship-winning team to take Kostecki’s place.
On Thursday, the team announced it had parted company with Kostecki.
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In recent weeks, it was widely reported tensions had risen within the team after he got into an altercation with rival driver Scott Pye of Team 18.
It means the team will have a new driver in the form of Fraser, who made his Supercars debut at this year’s Bathurst 1000 alongside Craig Lowndes.
Fraser won four of last year’s 10 races on his way to the title.
“It’s a pretty special feeling,” said Fraser, who comes to the team from Triple Eight Race Engineering.
“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, Tickford Racing CEO) and everyone was pretty exciting.
“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.”
The announcement has come as a surprise to some, who expected Tickford Racing’s own Zak Best to step into the vacant seat.
However, Tickford Racing CEO Tim Edwards told V8 Sleuth that Best needs another year before he is ready to go full-time.
It’s expected Best will form part of the team’s co-driver line-up at the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000.