Courtney linked to Supercars comeback

Laine Clark
2010 Supercars champion James Courtney could make a surprise return for the rescheduled series

A lifeline may be thrown to ex-Supercars champion James Courtney after Will Davison's Ford outfit 23Red Racing confirmed it has withdrawn from the championship.

Two-time Bathurst 1000 winner Davison has sensationally been left without a full-time drive after 23Red's demise.

The leading Ford team pulled out of the category ahead of the Supercars season's resumption in June after losing a major backer amid the coronavirus shutdown.

But Davison's pain may be Courtney's gain.

Courtney - the 2010 Supercars series winner - has been linked to a return to the category since 23Red's departure.

Courtney has been without a drive since making the shock decision to quit new Holden outfit Team Sydney after the season opening round in Adelaide in February.

A Courtney entry looks set to replace 23Red which raced from Tickford Racing's garage featuring four cars.

Adding momentum to a Courtney comeback, Tickford Racing said it was still committed to providing four entries when the 2020 season resumes despite 23Red's withdrawal.

Supercars announced on Sunday they will restart a revised season at Sydney Motorsport Park on June 27-28 and conclude at Bathurst in February.

"Our aim is to continue fielding four competitive Ford Mustang Supercars when we return to business, and we eagerly await the resumption of the Supercars season," a Tickford Racing statement said.

"We are working diligently on the options available to accomplish this goal, and are optimistic we will be able to provide an update on this in the near future."

Meanwhile Davison is looking at his options but has already been linked to an enduro co-driver gig with Tickford Racing this year, replacing US-based Alex Premat.

"It's been a pretty tough thing to take. It's pretty hard to get my head around with the announcement that we're going racing again and that I won't be on the grid," Davison said in a social media post.

"I can guarantee you I'll be giving everything I've got to get myself back on the grid, hopefully in the not too distant future.

"I still feel like I've got a lot to offer."