Rac­ing with ProS­tar

Tick­ford rac­ing teams up

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AF­TER re­turn­ing to Aus­tralian shores, In­ter­na­tional Trucks and Tick­ford Rac­ing have joined forces.

The pair of prodi­gal trans­port names an­nounced the 2018 team up, as part of the Tick­ford rac­ing team’s of­fi­cial trans­port part­ner­ship.

As part of the three-year ac­cord, a pair of new In­ter­na­tional ProS­tar prime movers joined lead­ing the Su­per­cars race team.

Both are charged with the vital role of trans­port­ing the race cars pi­loted by pop­u­lar driv­ers Mark Win­ter­bot­tom, Cam Waters, Chaz Mostert and Richie Stan­away.

Each truck fea­tures pow­er­ful Cum­mins X15 en­gines pro­duc­ing 550 horse­power (410 kW) / 1850 lb.ft vari­ant (2508 Nm) and are cou­pled to Ea­ton’s so­phis­ti­cated Ul­traShift Plus’ 18-speed au­to­mated man­ual trans­mis­sion.

“We’re ex­cited to part­ner with In­ter­na­tional and bring them aboard the team,” Tick­ford man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Rod Nash said.

“There is a fresh­ness about them that’s very ap­peal­ing, and they have been very keen to work with us.

“We are very much look­ing for­ward to hav­ing their ProS­tar ve­hi­cles lead­ing us from race to race this sea­son and be­yond.

“What Iveco is do­ing with In­ter­na­tional is sim­i­lar to what we have been do­ing with Tick­ford and now Tick­ford Rac­ing, in bring­ing a beloved brand back into the Aus­tralian mar­ket,” Nash con­tin­ued.

“That com­mon men­tal­ity should make it a very pos­i­tive part­ner­ship for both par­ties.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Iveco Aus­tralia said they were just as ea­ger to take part in the Su­per­cars events, the first of which is the Ade­laide 500 in early March.

“Iveco Aus­tralia is thrilled to be part­ner­ing with Tick­ford Rac­ing in the Su­per­cars arena over the next three years as the team’s of­fi­cial race car trans­porter,” Iveco Aus­tralia Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Michael Jon­son said.

The part­ner­ship will see the ProS­tars, one sleeper cab, the sec­ond an ex­tended cab, haul­ing the team’s B-Dou­ble trans­porters hold­ing pre­cious cargo in­clud­ing race cars, spare parts and the vital garage tools to keep the cars on track at race meets around the coun­try.

To add to the glitz of the ma­jor motorsport events the trucks are dressed with ad­di­tional chrome, checker plate and pol­ished al­loy trim­mings along with ad­di­tional aux­il­iary lighting.

The part­ner­ship marks the first ma­jor mo­tor­sports an­nounce­ment for the name since its re-launch into the Aus­tralian mar­ket.

PHOTO: JOEL STRICKLAND

TEAM UP: The In­ter­na­tional Pro Star trucks com­prise of a sleeper cab and an ex­tended cab vari­ant.

PHOTO: JOEL STRICKLAND

Tick­ford Rac­ing Team prin­ci­pal and com­pany CEO Tim Ed­wards gets a run-down on the ProS­tar from Iveco Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Jon­son.

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