Tickford Racing young gun Thomas Randle will make his third race appearance of 2021 at the Phillip Island SuperSprint, driving the No. 55 Castrol Racing Ford Mustang in a wild card entry. Randle has made two appearances in the Castrol Racing Ford this season at The Bend SuperSprint and Darwin Triple Crown, impressing with three top 11 finishes across those events. The 25-year old was scheduled to race at the Perth SuperNight as his third wild card event of 2021, but following the cancellation of this year’s race in Western Australia, Tickford Racing has elected to enter Randle when Supercars returns to Phillip Island in late October.
Coincidentally, Randle turned his first laps in a main game Supercar at Phillip Island in 2019, completing laps at the category’s preseason test aboard the Ford Mustang which he and Lee Holdsworth later shared in that year’s Enduro Cup. Randle also made an impression at the circuit a year earlier, where he drove a Tickford-enhanced road going Ford Mustang to the outright win at the Harrop Ultimate Street Car Invitational in 2018.
“I have some really nice memories from Phillip Island, from growing up watching my dad race sports sedans to when I clinched the Australian Formula Ford title there in 2014,” Randle said. “It’s terrific that Supercars will be returning there in late October and I am thrilled that it will play host to our third wildcard round in the Castrol Racing Ford Mustang before heading to Bathurst two weeks later for the 1000. We’ve had some strong results in the two wild card rounds thus far and we are definitely aiming to continue that trend when we get back on track. It’s a shame we won’t be racing at Perth this year as it was going to be a magical event under lights in WA, but I’m definitely looking forward to re-familiarising myself with the Phillip Island circuit and giving it a red hot crack. It’s going to be a superb weekend alongside the Australian Superbikes too so I really can’t wait for it!”
Randle will join regular Tickford Racing drivers Jack Le Brocq, Cam Waters, and James Courtney at the event, which is set to be the ninth of the 2021 Supercars season. Ahead of his promotion to a full-time seat in 2022, Randle will race again with Tickford at the 2021 Bathurst 1000, co-driving one of its three entries in Australia’s Great Race.
The Phillip Island SuperSprint takes place October 23-24 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.