Nathan Morcom and Josh Bucham of HMO Customer racing both had top seven finishes last year, and they will both race once again in the Hyundai i30N. Can they do even better this year?
Other teams to look out for will be Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM). In the impressive Peugeot 308 TCR will be last year’s runner up Aaron Cameron, a driver who is showing great adaptability including starring in the S5000s. Having also finished third in 2019, will he finally be able to win the entire thing this year? Also on the GRM team will be Jordan Cox and Michael Caruso, driving the stunning Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce, and they will be an absolute must-watch.
Who do you think will place in the top four this year? Will we see the usual suspects, or will some new talent shine through?
HAVE TCR AUSTRALIA AND SUPERCARS SETTLED THEIR DIFFERENCES?
There had been a squabble between Australian Supercar race organizers, and the TCR Australia event managers previously, according to an article published on July 16, 2019, on Auto Action (Australia). Back then, magazine sources explained that Supercars had moved to block TCR Australia and their bid to gain a spot on the Adelaide 400 undercard, claiming a breach of contract.
Additionally, it was believed Supercars had moved to actively discourage V8 drivers from participating in the new Australian TCR series.
The rivalry was expected to abate, when a consortium known as Racing Australia Consolidated Enterprises Ltd, or RACE bought Supercars Australia to essentially create a monopoly with Supercars and the ARG (Australian Racing Group) controlling the rest. With issues in late 2021 around Covid and the timing of the Bathurst 1000, a joint massive 6 day event was held in December. It now seems that RACE will continue to find the best media deals out there and let Supercars compete with ARG, with ARG having recently signed new broadcast deals with Stan Sport direct rivals of the Supercars networks. And while Repco took over the naming rights of the Bathurst 1000, Supercheap Auto jumped ship to secure naming rights for TCR.
Additionally, Supercars veteran Fabian Coulthard made his Supercheap Auto TCR Australia debut with the backing of Stan at the opening round of the SpeedSeries at AWC Race Tasmania on February 12-13, 2022.