Jason Bargwanna will make a return to the driver’s seat in 2020, steering a Peugeot 308 in the TCR Australia Series.
The winner of the Bathurst 1000 in 2000, Bargwanna will drive the turbo-charged French car that was recently delivered to Australia for the final round of the 2019 series at The Bend Motorsport Park.
The car will be prepared and run by Garry Rogers Motorsport Customer Racing, the team that also fields the factory-supported Renault Meganes and two Alfa Romeo Giuliette Veloces.
The Bargwanna/Peugeot/TCR deal is a two-year commitment that will include him teaming up with his 18-year-old son Ben Bargwanna at the Bathurst International in late 2020.
The Bathurst International is a brand-new event at the famous Mount Panorama circuit that will feature a two-driver 500km TCR endurance race.
Next year, Ben Bargwanna will compete in his second full year of Australian Formula Ford racing, ahead of making his tourin
touring car debut at the Bathurst event. Ben has already tasted success at Mount Panorama as a 16-year-old, winning the inaugural Hyundai Excel Challenge and the Victorian State Championship in 2018 before stepping up to national-level Formula Ford this year.
It will be a return of sorts for Bargwanna, 47, to GRM. Back in 1998, Bargwanna got his first opportunity as professional racing driver with the Dandenong-based team, racing for them until the end of the 2002 season.
His career highlight was victory at the Bathurst 1000 alongside Garth Tander in 2000. He collected seven race victories in the Supercars Championship, and since retiring from full-time driving, has acted as the Driving Standards Advisor for Supercars as well as winning two New Zealand V8 Touring Car Championships.
Ben Bargwanna is no stranger to GRM either, having worked as a mechanic for the team’s TCR program this year.