Good news for fans of hot hatches and fast-fours. And good news for fans of motorsport. The worldwide motorsport category, TCR Touring Car, is coming to Australia.
The category was conceived in 2014 and has since become one of the fastest growing forms of motorsport in the world. In 2018, TCR regulations became the umbrella rules for the new FIA World Touring Car Cup. In all, there are currently 17 different TCR championships around the world with more expected to join the fray in coming years.
In January 2018, the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) signed a five-year agreement with the global promoters of TCR for the development of TCR Australia.
CAMS has since appointed Australian Racing Group (ARG) as the preferred party to control the promotional and commercial rights to TCR Australia, pending the completion of final contractual negotiations. Final sign-off is expected in the near future.
ARG is overseen and managed by Matt Braid, the former Managing Director of Volvo Cars Australia and the Supercars Championship.
"TCR has proven itself to be an extremely popular, exciting and successful category in many countries around the world,” said Braid.
“Even in these early stages, we have fielded a lot of interest from potential competitors, manufacturers and event promoters interested in being part of a TCR series in Australia.
"We're aiming to come to a final agreement with CAMS and TCR Series in the very near future.
"Furthermore, ARG is committed to developing and promoting the highest-quality racing categories at major motorsport events in the region that will provide both significant support to existing platforms and a career pathway for drivers."
AGR is already believed to be in discussions with the Supercars Championship and the Shannons Nationals Series with a view to the TCR Australia series joining their respective racing calendars.
The cars themselves are based off production showroom four- or five-door cars, powered by either a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol or turbo-diesel engine with maximum power outputs of 257kW and 420Nm.
All cars must be two-wheel drive with power transmitted to those two wheels by either a production or TCR International Series homologated sequential gearbox.
Some of the homologated cars already racing in series around the world and likely to resonate with Australian fans include the Hyundai i30N, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Audi RS3, Ford Focus, Honda Civic Type R, Peugeot 308, and Subaru WRX STi.
"We are excited for TCR to be coming to Australia,” said CEO of CAMS, Eugene Arocca. “It’s a category which has proven to be very popular overseas and will be a great asset for Australian motor sport.”
A single TCR Series car has already arrived Down Under. An RS3 was brought to Australia by Audi Germany for a promotional event and currently lives at Melbourne Performance Centre.
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