Tickford Racing have confirmed Lee Holdsworth has signed on to drive the fourth and final Mustang for the 2019 Supercars season after leaving Team 18 at the end of the season.
Holdsworth will drive the No. 5 vacated by Mark Winterbottom, who has already moved in the other direction to Charlie Schwerkolt’s single car team.
With 14 full-time Supercars seasons under his belt, the 35-year-old is one of the most experienced drivers in the pitlane and saw off challenges from the likes of Jack Le Brocq to join Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters and Will Davison in the Tickford garage.
The news comes as The Bottle-O also confirmed they would continue the naming rights on the No. 5 Mustang for a 13th year.
“I’m pumped to be teaming up with Tickford Racing and The Bottle-O,” Holdsworth said. “Even though they feel they had a tough year, I believe Tickford Racing is still one of the best teams in the paddock.
“I’m feeling fit and driving as well as ever, so I’m ready to show what I’ve got. It’s exciting to have the support of The Bottle-O, and I look forward to rewarding them with a great 2019 season.”
Tickford Racing CEO and team principal Tim Edwards also spoke of his delight at Holdsworth joining the four-car operation.
“We’re rapt to be continuing with The Bottle-O into 2019, and obviously we’re very pleased that Lee will be driving the new Ford Mustang,” Edwards said. “He’s the right man for the job.
“He’s a good driver, a good bloke, a good fit with The Bottle-O, and we believe he will bring us great results on and off the track. He’s got something to prove in 2019, as do we. We like that he’s bullish about the coming year, and we’re excited to get him on track.”
Holdsworth will first compete in the Bathurst 12 Hour with Audi before making his Tickford debut in Adelaide on March 28.