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Sexta, 13 Março 2020 20:58 | Actualizado em Quinta, 21 Outubro 2021 15:37

Grid set for TCR Asia Pacific Cup at Albert Park  


A 22 car field of turbo-charged TCR rockets will take to the Albert Park street track for the 2020 TCR Asia Pacific Cup, starting tomorrow.

Supporting the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, a mix of seven different car brands will take on three races around the 5.3km street track, with a mix of local and international racers.

The field has finalised after three late additions, including Garth Tander, who will drive a brand-new Audi RS 3 LMS. 

Purchased by Jamac Racing and run by the Melbourne Performance Centre, the new car’s only track time has been as a ride car in Germany for the factory Audi team.

Tander, a three times Bathurst 1000 winner, competed in three TCR Australia events last year, scoring an impressive five podiums from his nine starts.

Joining Tander at MPC is Hamish Ribarits, who returns to the team in the #100 Audi RS 3 LMS.

It will be Ribarits third race meeting in the TCR Series and second in the Audi. He raced with success at Phillip Island last year, finishing with a podium result in his maiden race weekend in the category.

He also drove a Holden Astra for Kelly Racing at Winton, ensuring that despite the fact that he has never raced at Albert Park, he has a good level of experience in these front wheel drive cars.

Another significant change is that Wall Racing’s Honda driver Paul Ip will not compete. Work commitments is keeping the Hong Kong-based driver out of the country and will be replaced by Takuya Shirasaka. 

The 35 year old Japanese driver has competed in various sports car and TCR races around the world, and this will be his Australian racing debut.

Ip is set to return to Australia to compete in the opening round of the series at Sydney Motorsport Park on March 2729.

Joining Shirasaka as the other international entrants include Jack Milligan (New Zealand, Audi), Rene Munnich (Germany, Honda), Stan van Oord (Netherlands, Audi) and Julien Briche (France, Peugeot).

In terms of leading locals, the grid includes reigning carsales TCR Australia Series champion Will Brown, as well as former Supercars regulars Tander (Audi), Michael Caruso (Alfa Romeo), James Moffat (Renault) and Jason Bargwanna (Peugeot).

Two practice sessions and qualifying will be held on Thursday, followed by one race each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The #22 car field of TCR Asia Pacific Cup cars have converged on the Albert Park venue to support the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

GRID, TCR ASIA PACIFIC CUP

Car #

SPONSOR

DRIVER

STATE

VEHICLE

MODEL

CC

COLOUR

1

HMO Customer Racing

Will Brown

QLD

Hyundai

I30N

1999

White/Blue

2

Melbourne Performance Centre

Chelsea Angelo

VIC

Volkswagen

Golf GTI

1984

White

7

Valvoline Racing GRM

Michael Caruso

NSW

Alfa Romeo

Giulietta Veloce

1750

White/Red/Green

9

Ashley Seward Motorsport / AWC

Jay Hanson

VIC

Alfa Romeo

Giulietta Veloce

1750

White

10

Ashley Seward Motorsport

James Allen

VIC

Alfa Romeo

Giulietta Veloce

1750

White

11

HMO Customer Racing

Nathan Morcom

NSW

Hyundai

I30N

1999

White/Blue

15

Wurth

Michael Clemente

VIC

Honda

Civic Type R

1998

White/Red

17

Burson Auto Parts Racing

Jason Bargwanna

NSW

Peugeot

308 TCR

1600

White

18

Team Valvoline GRM

Aaron Cameron

VIC

Peugeot

308 TCR

1600

White

22

Track Tec Racing

Jack Milligan

NZ

Audi

RS 3

1984

Orange/Silver

33

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Dylan O'Keeffe

VIC

Renault

Megane RS

1800

White

34

Renault Sport GRM

James Moffat

VIC

Renault

Megane RS

1800

White

35

Melbourne Performance Centre

Alexandra Whitley

QLD

Volkswagen

Golf GTI

1984

White/Blue

49

Wall Racing/ALL-INKL.COM

René Münnich

GER

Honda

Civic Type R

1998

White/Red

51

KCMG Motorsport

Takuya Shirasaka

JAP

Honda

Civic Type R

1998

White/Red

75

Melbourne Performance Centre

Garth Tander

VIC

Audi

RS 3

1984

Black

77

Track Tec Racing

Stan Van Oord

NED

Audi

RS 3

1984

Orange/Silver

97

Varta Batteries

Liam McAdam

QLD

Audi

RS 3

1984

Blue

100

Melbourne Performance Centre

Hamish Ribarits

VIC

Audi

RS 3

1984

Black

110

Team Soutar Motorsport

Zac Soutar

VIC

Honda

Civic Type R

1998

White

308

Peugeot Sport GRM Customer Racing

Julien Briché

FRA

Peugeot

308 TCR

1598

White

777

Milldun Motorsport

Declan Fraser

QLD

Volkswagen

Golf GTI

1984

White

2020 TCR Australia Series calendar

TCR Asia Pacific Cup: Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, 12-15 March
Round 1: Sydney Motorsport Park, 27-29 March
Round 2: Bathurst 6 Hour, 10-12 April
Round 3: Winton, 1-3 May
Round 4: The Bend Motorsport Park, 12-14 June
Round 5: Morgan Park Raceway, 3-5 July
Round 6: Phillip Island, 21-23 August
Round 7: Sandown, 11-13 September
TCR Bathurst 500: Mount Panorama, Bathurst, 13-15 November


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