Director, Australian Racing Group
"Prize money in motorsports is something that Australian circuit racing has never really done well," said Matt Braid.
"This is a landmark announcement – revealing to the public these significant figures is something that doesn't often happen – and we are very pleased to be bold and push the traditional boundaries.
"The $250,000 total prize pool is a big statement from the Australian Racing Group. We want to do motorsport differently, and this is just one of the first steps. This is fundamentally about re-investing in the sport to ensure it remains a sustainable pathway for those choosing motorsport as their career.
“While the overall prize pool is significant and there are, as always some conditions that need to be met to ensure eligibility, but this is all about investment in the future of our competitors that could help sustain a career, or drive it further in the future.”
Garry Rogers Motorsport
“This is one of the reasons why Garry Rogers Motorsport has been very keen to be involved with TCR Australia because we know how passionate and dedicated the Australian Racing Group is to the sport, its teams and competitors," said Barry Rogers.
“You can not base your whole racing program around the lure of prize money, however, it’s a great incentive for the drivers and teams to work towards.
“It could also be the difference between a driver or team continuing their journey, rather than falling into the financial traps that we so often see.
“I’m really can’t wait for the season to get underway and watch the future of the sport fight it out in this new championship."
Managing Director, Melbourne Performance Centre
“This is a great initiative from the Australian Racing Group for TCR Australia,” said Troy Russell.
“This is something new to Australian motorsport and it is going to help young talent further their career.
“Prize money is a great incentive for teams and drivers, however, it shows that the powers behind TCR Australia are committed to the class and they are investing in its future.
“I would see that drivers who are able to win these prizes will be able to use the prize money to continue their racing careers, either in TCR Australia, another TCR global category or in other Australian racing categories.”