The TCR Series is hitting Australian shores this weekend during the Shannons Nationals at Sydney Motorsport Park. It’s probably one of the most exciting and best racing series we currently have.
It was developed as a cost-effective alternative to Touring Car Racing. There are no fully-fledged factory owned entries. Eligible cars include all front-wheel drive C-Segment hatchbacks or sedans, powered by production–based turbocharged petrol or diesel engines with a capacity of up to 2-litres.
For this season there are 17 cars competing with drivers from a variety of motorsports, and with varied experience in door-to-door racing. Most of the drivers have only signed up within the last 6 weeks, and have had limited seat time too.
#2 Volkswagen Golf GTI – Aaron Cameron (VIC), Melbourne Performance Centre
#6 Subaru WRX STI – Molly Taylor (NSW), Kelly Racing
#7 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce – Jimmy Vernon (NSW), Garry Rogers Motorsport
#8 Volkswagen Golf GTI – Jason Bright (VIC), Alliance Autosport
#9 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce – Dylan O’Keeffe (VIC), Ashley Seward Motorsport
#11 Hyundai I30N – Nathan Morcom (NSW), HMO Customer Racing
#22 Audi RS3 – Rik Breukers (NED), Melbourne Performance Centre
#24 Honda Civic Type R – John Martin (QLD), Wall Racing
#29 Hyundai I30N – Michael Almond (SA), Garth Walden Racing
#30 Hyundai I30N – Will Brown (QLD), HMO Customer Racing
#33 Renault Megane RS – Chris Pither (NZ), Garry Rogers Motorsport
#34 Renault Megane RS – James Moffat (VIC), Garry Rogers Motorsport
#35 Volkswagen Golf GTI – Alexandra Whitely (QLD), Alliance Autosport
#37 Holden Astra – Chelsea Angelo (VIC), Kelly Racing
#50 Honda Civic Type R – Tony D’Alberto (VIC), Wall Racing
#62 Holden Astra – Alex Rullo (WA), Kelly Racing
#777 Subaru WRX STI – Andre Heimgartner (NZ), Kelly Racing
We’ve been really loving the lead-up to the season opener through all of their social media posts, their team has been doing an amazing job. I caught the guys filming a little promo with the ladies of the series – Chelsea Angelo, Molly Taylor and Alexandra Whitely, and couldn’t give up the chance to #SNIPE a few shots.
The schedule for the weekend:
Qualifying – 10.55-11.25 (30mins)
Race 1 – 14.10-14.40 (30mins)
Race 2 – 13.10 – 13.40 (30mins)
Race 3 – 14.15 – 14.45 (30mins)
If you can’t make it out to SMSP, the races will be televised on SBS: Saturday: 2pm-3pm AEST and Sunday: 1pm-3pm AEST. You’ll also be able to catch a livestream via the TCR Australia website www.tcraustralia.com, where you can find news stories, standings and info for the rest of the series.
Live Timing is also available at http://racing.natsoft.com.au/results/
The sunset was absolutely gorgeous as well!!! A great time to have an S5000, some Alfas, and TCR cars out on track!!
We’ll leave you with some other shots throughout the day