New Zealand TCR team confirms Australian Grand Prix entry with Dutch driver
New Zealand TCR team Track Tec Racing has confirmed an entry in the Asia Pacific Cup which is a support race for the Melbourne Formula 1 event.
The team, based at Highlands Motorsport Park (Cromwell, NZ), has secured the services of Dutch driver Stan van Oord to race at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix in one of the team’s Audi RS 3 LMS TCR cars.
After the change of racing calendar for the inaugural TCR New Zealand Championship until later this year, Track Tec is putting its best foot forward, bringing van Oord, and potentially another Audi entry to the Albert Park venue for the Asia Pacific Cup event.
Van Oord, 22, is no stranger to TCR competition, having competed in various TCR races across Europe, including winning back-to-back championships in his local series in the Netherlands, driving a Cupra TCR.
The event will mark both Track Tec and van Oord’s Australian racing debuts.
The car will carry support from FEBO, Riverside Crane Hire, One Global Logistics, GEM Industrial and QUEST Apartment Hotels.
Van Oord joins a growing list of drivers who have already confirmed their place on the grid, including former Bathurst 1000 champ Jason Bargwanna (Peugeot), James Moffat (Renault), young gun Jay Hansen (Alfa Romeo) and privateer drivers Zac Soutar and Michael Clemente (Honda).
It is expected that a grid of around 30 TCR cars will compete in the Asia Pacific Cup at Albert Park on March 12-15, supporting the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.