16 February 2024 | General

Kumho FIA TCR World Tour Not Returning to Australia in 2024

WSC Group, the promoter of the Kumho FIA TCR World Tour, has advised the Australian Racing Group it is not in a position to race in Australia in 2024. This is due to issues that are delaying international deliveries around the globe in 2024 as a result of current international events.

The two previously announced Australian rounds at Sydney Motorsport Park and Mount Panorama will not form part of the Kumho FIA TCR World Tour calendar in 2024, however both circuits will remain on the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series calendar as host venues for the penultimate and final rounds respectively.

WSC has advised ARG of its decision more than eight months ahead of the first scheduled Australian round, after forward planning highlighted the increasing challenges for Kumho FIA TCR World Tour teams to commit to sending multiple race cars and associated infrastructure to Australia.

While understandably disappointed by the news, ARG remains committed, with the support of WSC, to delivering a TCR race of international significance at this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst International and ensuring Australian drivers have the opportunity to once again compete against elite level TCR drivers from around the world.

As a result of this decision, the Race Sydney event will no longer take place on 1-3 November, and the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series will now join the existing Shannons SpeedSeries Sydney round on 18-20 October. The previously announced date for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International (November 8-10) remains unchanged.

WSC has indicated it plans to return in 2025 and beyond, with the FIA international series intended to be a key part of the future of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International.