Premat ‘ready’ for return amid journey restrictions
Tickford Racing boss Tim Edwards says Alex Premat is ready for a Supercars return amid enhancing journey restrictions.
The Las Vegas-based Frenchman was set to make his debut for the workforce at Bathurst final 12 months, solely to stay caught attributable to COVID-19 journey restrictions.
The workforce confirmed on Monday that Premat will make his long-awaited debut, with James Moffat to return for a fourth straight marketing campaign with the workforce.
Premat and Moffat be a part of Thomas Randle, who was confirmed to make his Tickford return late final 12 months.
Ought to Premat return to Australia, he’ll face necessary quarantine earlier than having the ability to hyperlink up with Tickford.
He examined with the workforce in February final 12 months, earlier than returning to Stateside.
Tickford CEO and workforce principal Edwards stated the 2019 Bathurst winner is able to make his return, having missed the 2020 race altogether.
“Happily worldwide journey restrictions are beginning to open up which provides us the possibility to carry Alex over,” Edwards stated.
“We’ll undergo the required steps to safe a journey exemption, and Alex is ready to do his 14 days of quarantine, testing, and every part else concerned to return over.
“He’ll get some seat time at our common enduro take a look at, then we’ll head to Bathurst and go for it.”
Premat received the 2019 Nice Race with Scott McLaughlin and DJR Staff Penske, earlier than he was dropped in favour of Tim Slade.
Tickford will decide its driver pairings for the Bathurst 1000 at a later date.
The workforce downsized to 3 automobiles for 2021, with Cameron Waters, Jack Le Brocq and James Courtney returning.
Premat won’t attend the workforce’s pre-season take a look at at Winton Motor Raceway on Friday.
Nevertheless, Moffat and Randle could have the possibility to reacquaint with the workforce’s Mustangs forward of the season-opening Repco Mount Panorama 500.
“Lastly. I am mega delighted to return again to the Bathurst 1000,” Premat stated.
“I missed it a lot final 12 months and I’m able to put my hat within the ring this season.
“I am very motivated to return again, particularly after seeing how nicely the Tickford workforce did in 2020.
“I can not wait to get again to Australia later this 12 months and I’m wanting ahead to the problem.”
Tickford’s three automobiles can be on monitor at Winton for Friday’s official pre-season take a look at.
Tickets are actually on sale for the season-opening Repco Mt Panorama 500.