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Domingo, 17 Novembro 2019 01:08 | Actualizado em Sexta, 22 Outubro 2021 20:48

Peugeot makes track debut as record TCR Australia field set for The Bend

The new Peugeot 308 TCR car has hit the track for the first time, ready for its Australian debut amongst a record field of 21 cars in the carsales TCR Australia Series at The Bend Motorsport Park this weekend.

French Peugeot factory driver Aurélien Comte was granted permission to do a 10 lap shakedown today, giving him and the DG Sport team the chance to get familiar with the new car and circuit.

The Peugeot entry into TCR Australia is being assisted by Garry Rogers Motorsport, who also run customer programs with the Renault Megan and Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce.

A new driver for the Melbourne Performance Centre Audi team has ensured a record field of 21 cars, with Victorian state-based driver Iain McDougall set to make his national circuit racing debut, driving the #3 Audi RS 3 LMS for the Melbourne Performance Centre squad.

The grid of 21 cars is the most number of cars to compete in the burgeoning carsales TCR Australia Series.

He will driver the silver #3 Audi, formerly raced by Leanne and Garth Tander is selected events.

McDougall, 28, has spent his racing career in production cars and sports sedans, racing for the past two seasons in the former MINI Challenge racers.

The Melbourne-based driver tested one of the MPC Audis two months ago during the category’s evaluation day at Winton, and is using this weekend’s event as a potential launch pad to a full program in 2020.

The TCR Australia field is one of the most diverse in the world of TCR, with 10 different car brands making up the 21 car field including Audi, Alfa Romeo, Cupra, Holden, Honda, Hyundai, Peugeot, Renault, Subaru and Volkswagen.

Two practice sessions will be held on Friday, followed by qualifying nd Race 1 on Saturday and two more races on Sunday.

All three races will be broadcast live, free and in HD on SBS, as well as the live stream coverage available on the TCR Australia website.

CLICK HERE to secure your tickets to The Bend Motorsport Park.

Iaian McDougall will make his TCR Australia debut at The Bend this weekend.


Iain McDougall
Driver, MPC Audi

“We had a really good day at the evaluation day and I can’t wait to get on track at The Bend,” said Iain McDougall. 

“I’ve spent the last few years racing the ex-MINI Challenge cars. They are front wheel drive and it has prepared me extremely well for the TCR Australia cars.

“I felt comfortable at the test, so it was good to have that under my belt before this weekend, but we just want to get a feel for it and demonstrate that we can be competitive.

“We would like to do a full season next year, but we’ll just get through this weekend and see how we fair.”

The Bend grid

TCR Australia Round 7 Entry List

Car #TeamDriverState Manufacturer ModelCCColour
2Melbourne Performance CentreAaron CameronVICVolkswagenGolf GTI1984Red/White
3Melbourne Performance CentreIain McDougallVICAudiRS 31984Silver
7Garry Rogers MotorsportJordan CoxNSWAlfa RomeoGiulietta Veloce1750White/Red/Green
8Taskforce/Melbourne Performance CentreJason BrightVICVolkswagenGolf GTI1984White/Blue
9Ashley Seward MotorsportDylan O’KeeffeVICAlfa RomeoGiulietta Veloce1750White/Red/Green
10Ashley Seward MotorsportJames AllenVICAlfa RomeoGiulietta Veloce1750White/Red/Green
11HMO Customer RacingNathan MorcomNSWHyundaiI30N1999White/Blue
19Milldun MotorsportMatthew SimmonsQLDSubaruWRX STI1994White
24Wall RacingJohn MartinNSWHondaCivic Type R1998White/Red
27Milldun MotorsportBarton MawerNSWSubaruWRX STI1994White
30HMO Customer RacingWill BrownQLDHyundaiI30N1999White/Blue
33Garry Rogers MotorsportChris PitherNZRenaultMegane RS1800Yellow/Black
34Garry Rogers MotorsportJames MoffatVICRenaultMegane RS1800Yellow/Black
35Melbourne Performance CentreAlexandra WhitleyQLDVolkswagenGolf GTI1984White/Blue
37Kelly RacingChelsea AngeloVICHoldenAstra1998White
50Wall RacingTony D’AlbertoVICHondaCivic Type R1998White/Red
64Garage 1Tim BrookNSWCupraSEAT León 3001984White
97Melbourne Performance CentreLiam McAdamQLDAudiRS 31984Blue
100Melbourne Performance CentreRussell IngallQLDAudiRS 31984Black/Red
308DG SportAurélien ComteFRAPeugeot308 TCR1598White/Black Red
777Kelly RacingAndre HeimgartnerNZHoldenAstra1998White


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