With Supercars action nearing its highly anticipated return, series front runners Tickford Racing has unveiled its new-look workshop which was fully renovated over the Covid-19 break.
The Melbourne-based squad has made major changes to its facility to accommodate its five-car operation.
Seasoned racer James Courtney will also make a return to the Blue Oval for the first time since 2010 having replaced the ill-fated Will Davison and 23Red Racing team.
“We used to have all the cars on nearly a 45-degree angle to the workshop,” said Tickford Racing’s Colin Schwartz.
“It was just becoming impractical as a five-car operation to make that effective and work properly.
“So, we’ve changed the workshop to more like a dealership and everything is all in line, parallel.”
“This was the perfect time, with a bit of downtime, to make this happen.”
Newly installed hoists have been fitted with new McQuinn-supplied lights and new divider walls and new parts racks have also been put up.
“We’ve created new bench space for all the tools, tool kits, and boxes,” said Schwartz.
“Behind that as well you’ve got sub-assembly, so all the car parts and componentry gets manufactured in there, repaired, fixed, and then brought out for the guys to use.
“Another big part is that we used to have a second building down the bottom, and that used to do all of our composites and repair work for the panels on the car. That’s now been shifted up here into this backroom.
“Those guys are now part of our workshop, so it makes it so much easier in getting things repaired and then back to us a little bit quicker, a little bit streamlined.”
Cam Waters will head to Sydney Motorsport Park as the lead Tickford entry lying fourth in the standings having completed the season-opening Adelaide 500 back in February.
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship returns to the track on June 27-28.