BRIAN BOYD TALKS ABOUT TCR AUSTRALIA
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Introducing TCR Australia with PAYCE MD, Brian Boyd.
PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd says the international TCR touring car category finally arrived in Australia after a year's hard work of planning and negotiations by Australian Racing Group, with the debut round held at Sydney Motorsport Park on 17-19 May.
"A strong field of 17 cars, representing 8 different makes, competed in the 2019 opening round, consisting of three 30 minute races," Brian said.
"The maiden championship consists of seven rounds as part of the Shannons Nationals series. The rounds will take place through the year at Sydney Motorsport Park, Phillip Island, Tailem Bend, Queensland Raceway, Winton, Sandown Raceway and conclude with a return to Tailum Bend for the finale."
Category Features Cars that are in Today's Markets – Brian Boyd
Brian said that while new to Australia, the category is firmly established in several European countries, the United Kingdom and Asia.
"A total of 16 front-wheel drive, two-litre turbocharged sedans and hatchbacks are eligible to compete internationally and 12 of those marques are sold in Australia.
"A major appeal of the category is that it reflects cars that are in today's markets and while modified, closely resemble the showroom models," Brian Boyd continued.
TCR sets up an International Path for Aspiring Drivers – Brian Boyd
"Another attraction to teams and drivers is the opportunity for young aspiring drivers to set a path to international success and to pit their skills against some very experienced touring car drivers, including some currently competing in Supercars."
Strong Endorsement from Leading Teams from the Outset – Brian Boyd
Brian said to have teams such as Garry Rogers Motorsport, Kelly Racing and Wall Racing involved from the outset is a strong endorsement for the future of the category.
"The opening round also saw three experienced female drivers in Chelsea Angelo, Molly Taylor and Alexandra Whitley on the grid.
offers an affordable alternative and potential to attract manufacturer and dealer support.
Manufacturers Have Expressed Strong Interest in TCR – Brian Boyd
"Honda Australia was the first manufacturer to come on board with support for Wall Racing's two Honda Civic Type Rs, while several others have expressed strong interest and are playing a waiting game to see how the category progresses over the next couple of rounds," Brian said.
For the Sydney round the marques represented were:
Honda Civic Type R (2), Alfa Romeo (2), Hyundai 130N (3), Audi RS3, Opel/Holden Astra (2), Renault Megane RS (2), Subaru WRX STi (2), Volkswagen Golf GTi (3).