French Peugeot star set for Supercheap Auto Bathurst International TCR start
French driver Teddy Clairet has been confirmed as the first international driver to compete at the inaugural Supercheap Auto Bathurst International at Mount Panorama on November 11-13.
Clairet is a two-time winner of French touring car titles and currently races in TCR Europe with his family-run Team Clairet Sport in a Peugeot 308 TCR.
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He will join another family-based race team, Garry Rogers Motorsport, in what will be the team’s fifth Peugeot entry for the final round of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series at the famous Mount Panorama circuit.
Clairet joins regular GRM Peugeot drivers Jordan Cox, Aaron Cameron, Dylan O’Keeffe and Ben Bargwanna for the last round of the 2022 season.
Clairet has followed the Peugeot Sport development pathway, ascending to TCR Europe where he and brother Jimmy spearheaded the French manufacturer’s hopes last year, taking victory on home soil at Paul Ricard.
Racing in the Peugeot 208 Racing Cup France in 2013, Clairet jumped onto Peugeot’s radar in 2018 by winning the Peugeot 308 Racing Cup for the family team.
Representing Peugeot in TCR Europe from 2020-2021,, Clairet also finished second in the inaugural TCR Spa 500 in 2019 and has won two touring car titles in France in addition to undertaking rounds of TCR Italy this season.
The drive also marks GRM’s close ties with Peugeot Sport and constructor Stellantis. The Melbourne-based team has five of the fast 308 machines in its stable, and will also see Aaron Cameron venture to France at the end of October to represent Australia in the FIA Motorsport Games at Paul Ricard – driving a Peugeot 308 TCR.
The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series is one of a number of globally-recognised racing classes that will compete at Mount Panorama, including the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS, Trans Am and more.
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Peugeot TCR driver
“I’m really excited to come to Australia and race there,” said Clairet.
“Bathurst is a mythical track so, for me it’s a dream to race there and I’m really looking forward to discover this wonderful place.
“I have a lot of respect for this kind of track so I will use all the help that I can find to understand the track and enjoy the race.
“Of course I know the car very well, so that’s a good point. Also I know that Garry Rogers Motorsport is a super team which also knows the car really well. I’m fully confident they will provide me a great car to compete against the grid, and that they will put me in the best condition to fight for a strong result.
“I really often watch highlights from TCR Australia, I’m following a lot the results in the series and I know that there is a very strong field. They are all specialists so I know that it will be hard on track. The races are full of entertainment, so I will do my best, respecting all the drivers and try to reach the best that I can.
“From what I’ve seen, there are a lot of fans over the track, and the atmosphere seems really good in the paddock, with passionate people. I want to enjoy this experience and I would like to thank again the trust from Peugeot Sport and Garry Rogers Motorsport.”
Garry Rogers Motorsport
“It will be fantastic to welcome Teddy into the GRM squad and have him as international representation at the Bathurst International,” said Rogers.
“Teddy is a very experienced racer, and a really lovely guy too. He races in his family team, and that’s what we are all about at GRM. He is going to fit in really well.
“This is also a great way to extend our relationship with Stellantis (constructors of the Peugeot TCR car) and it has opened the door to opportunities such as getting Teddy to Australia for the Bathurst International and also Aaron Cameron to France to compete in the FIA Motorsport Games.
“We’re looking forward to seeing how Teddy goes at Bathurst, while we will also have one eye on the series title too. Our man Jordan Cox is right in the fight for the title, and we’re all pushing as hard as we can to ensure that Jordan and the rest of our team are right at the pointy end of the field at Mount Panorama in November.”