Kody Garland Makes Peugeot Switch for 2023 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series
Kody Garland and Garry Rogers Motorsport have announced a switch to the Peugeot 308 TCR for the 2023 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia season.
Garland contested his maiden Supercheap Auto TCR Australia season in 2022 in one of GRMS two Renault Megane TCRs featuring major backing from Valvoline and Motor Traders’ Association of NSW (MTA NSW), which will again continue this season.
The move between brands comes at an opportune time for the 22-year-old, who feels he is ready to challenge for regular race wins.
The Renault Megane TCR is the only model of TCR car in Australia to utilise a sequential stick shift, with the move to paddle shift in the Peugeot marking a key difference ahead of the 2023 season for Garland.
The Valvoline-backed driver is the first to be confirmed by GRM for the 2023 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, with the rest of the roster and liveries to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
The opening round of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series will commence at AWC Race Tasmania on February 24-26.
CLICK HERE to secure your tickets.
Stan Sport will provide live, uninterrupted and on-demand coverage of all SpeedSeries rounds. AWC Race Tasmania will also feature free-to-air broadcasting on the Nine Network’s digital channels on Saturday afternoon from 2-5pm (February 25).
Valvoline Team GRM, Peugeot 308 TCR
“It was great last year to have James Moffat on the other side of the Renault garage as a benchmark for me,” said Garland.
“Given the tight set-up window of the Renault it was good to compare against Moffat and match his pace throughout the year.
“GRM has enjoyed great success in the Peugeots over the last few years and the team has an intrinsic understanding of how the 308 operates, so I’m really excited to get behind the wheel and prove myself as a regular contender for the win.
“It will take a bit of getting used to, but fortunately I got to drive the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR quite recently at the GRM Combine so I have a bit of a head start on what the paddle shift feels like. The Peugeot also has a smaller wheelbase than the Renault, so I’m expecting it to be a bit nimbler.
“I’m looking forward to our pre-season test where I’ll be able to get some valuable laps behind the wheel and get a solid understanding of the Peugeot’s unique aspects ahead of the season opener at Race Tasmania.
“I’d like to really thank Valvoline and MTA NSW for their continued support into the new year, I couldn’t ask for better brands to have backing me.”