Tickford Ford Supercars team splits with 2015 champion Winterbottom

Leading Ford Supercars team Tickford Racing will split with 2015 champion Mark Winterbottom at the end of this season

Tickford Ford Supercars team splits with 2015 champion Winterbottom

His future has been up in the air for some time, talks over a contract extension at Tickford having dragged on throughout this season.

It has now been confirmed that Winterbottom will leave the team, ending a 13-year partnership that yielded a Bathurst 1000 win and a Supercars title.

"After ongoing discussions with us about his driving future, Mark Winterbottom has decided not to return to Tickford Racing in 2019," read a statement from Tickford.

"'Frosty' has been a part of our family since 2006 and we have enjoyed 13 fantastic seasons together.

"With a Bathurst win, a season championship and over 100 podiums together, few team and driver combinations have been as successful as this one.

"Whilst we are sad to see the partnership conclude at season's end, we will all look back fondly on the accomplishments we've achieved together.

"Our work isn't finished. We plan to fight hard in the last two rounds of 2018 and hope to add to our long list of successes.

"Tickford Racing's plans for the 2019 Supercars season remain well under way and we look forward to sharing exciting news about our future in the coming weeks."

Tickford is understood to have handed back one of its four Racing Entitlements Contracts, which means it will technically be a three-car outfit for 2019.

But an increased involvement in the 23Red Racing entry is widely anticipated.

Winterbottom has been linked to a Holden move, with Team 18 a potential target.

Current driver Lee Holdsworth has already declared he is on the market ahead of an expected split with the Charlie Schwerkolt-run outfit.

Winterbottom has not won a race since late-2016, and heads into the final two rounds of this season only 13th in the championship.

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