Kumho TCR World Tour to join Supercheap Auto TCR Australia in Sydney
The first joint event featuring Supercheap Auto TCR Australia and the Kumho TCR World Tour will be hosted at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Sydney joins the much revered and highly anticipated trip to Mount Panorama as part of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International forming Australia’s two legs of the Kumho TCR World Tour.
Confirmed to take place on November 3-5, Sydney Motorsport Park’s race meeting will not just host the Kumho TCR World Tour’s maiden Australian appearance, but also be the first event to run under lights.
Supercheap Auto TCR Australia’s roster of drivers will take on some of the world’s best including previous world champions Mikel Azcona, Thed Björk, Norbert Michelisz and Yann Ehrlacher aligned with global TCR racing’s leading teams.
Sydney Motorsport Park is the seventh round of the inaugural Kumho TCR World Tour to be followed a week later by the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International in its second running. Mount Panorama will again host the final round of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia in addition to the penultimate stop on the Kumho TCR World Tour calendar.
The National Trans Am Series is confirmed to be part of the event bill and is expected to be joined by further Shannons SpeedSeries categories to be announced in due course.
A joint effort between the Australian Racing Group, Motorsport Australia, Sydney Motorsport Park and the WSC Group, the owner of TCR trademark and technical regulations has enabled this event to take place.
It will be a history making event for Australian motorsport as it marks the first time since 1987 a touring car event in Australia has attracted such a top-level international participation and 25 years since the final Super Touring Bathurst 1000 in which world-leading teams ventured down under to race.
Portimao, Portugal will host the opening round of the Kumho TCR World Tour on April 28-30 followed by Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, both of which Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series star Ben Bargwanna will contest.
Vallelunga (Italy) is the third round, followed by Hungaroring (Hungary), Autodromo de El Pinar (Uruguay) and San Luís (Argentina).
The two Australian rounds follow, with the final round taking place at the Macau street circuit one week after Bathurst.
Both Australian TCR World Tour events will be broadcast on Stan Sport (Australian residents), plus free-to-air coverage of Saturday, including Sydney’s night race, on the Nine Network’s channels. International viewers will be able to watch via SpeedSeries.com.au/TV and TCR-Series.tv
Chief Operating Officer, Australian Racing Group
“We are pleased to formalise this deal that will see two weeks of world-class motorsport in New South Wales,” said Curkpatrick.
“To have the best TCR drivers and teams come to Australia is great for our local competitors, really testing themselves against the world.
“And to conclude the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series with back-to-back rounds at Sydney and Bathurst is going to bring a lot of excitement and interest to TCR.”
Motorsport Australia, CEO
“It’s terrific to confirm that both Sydney Motorsport Park and the iconic Mount Panorama will host back-to-back rounds of the Shannons SpeedSeries and Supercheap Auto TCR Australia/Kumho TCR World Tour in November,” Arocca said.
“The opportunity to see more international level motorsport on two of our most iconic circuits is certainly an exciting prospect.
“This is certainly a boost for TCR in Australia and will also be an economic boost for NSW, both in the western Sydney and Bathurst regions with many competitors, officials and fans expected to attend each event. The Supercheap Auto Bathurst International will be a brilliant way to conclude the Shannons SpeedSeries for 2023.
“We look forward to delivering these events in collaboration with the team at ARG.”
CEO, Australian Racing Drivers’ Club
“The Australian Racing Drivers’ Club celebrated its 70th year in 2022 with some phenomenal events, and we are thrilled to follow up in 2023 with the opportunity to promote the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia/Kumho TCR World Tour event at our world-class Sydney Motorsport Park venue,” said Matthews.
“Our club’s history includes the creation and establishment of hallmark motorsport events such as the Bathurst 1000; for our club and circuit to be part of bringing an international touring car class to Australia is another great achievement.
“We look at TCR as a class that has variety, great appeal for motorsport and motoring enthusiasts, and we can’t wait to see how our local stars go up against the world’s best under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park.”
2023 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series
Round 1 AWC Race Tasmania, Symmons Plains, February 24-26
Round 2 Shannons SpeedSeries, Phillip Island, May 12-14
Round 3 Shannons SpeedSeries, Winton Motor Raceway, June 9-11
Round 4 Shannons SpeedSeries, Queensland Raceway, August 11-13
Round 5 Shannons SpeedSeries, Sandown Raceway, September 8-10
Round 6 Shannons SpeedSeries/Kumho TCR World Tour, Sydney Motorsport Park, November 3-5
Round 7 Supercheap Auto Bathurst International/Kumho TCR World Tour, Mount Panorama, November 10-12
2023 Kumho TCR World Tour
Round 1 Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal, April 28-30
Round 2 Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, May 26-28
Round 3 Vallelunga, Italy, June 9-11
Round 4 Hungaroring, Hungary, June 16-18
Round 5 El Pinar, Uruguay, August 18-20
Round 6 San Luis, Argentina, August 25-27
Round 7 Sydney Motorsport Park, Australia, November 3-5
Round 8 Bathurst, Australia, November 10-12
Round 9 Guia Circuit, Macau, November 17-19