30 October 2018 | News

Volkswagen’s TCR weapon arrives in Australia

The third brand of TCR Series race car has landed in Australia as the excitement builds towards the inaugural championship next year.

A Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR has arrived at Melbourne Performance Centre, the offical agent for the Volkswagen Group Motorsport TCR cars that takes in the Golfs, Audi RS3 LMS and the Cupra TCR vehicles.

The VW Golf join’s the Audi R3 that Melbourne Performance Centre already has in its fleet of performance race vehicles.

The VW follows MPC’s Audi and a Honda Civic TCR car that is currently housed at Wall Racing in Sydney.

CLICK HERE for previous news story on the Honda.

The VW Golf TCR is one of the most successful TCR vehicles on the market, winning the ‘Model Car of the Year’ award in the 2017 TCR International Series.

TCR Australia category managers are currently close to confirming next year’s calendar ahead of the much anticipated debut of the international touring car category.

Lee Burley

Managing Director, Melbourne Performance Centre

“Seeing the car in the flesh is really exciting,” said Lee Burley.

“We know what the cars are about, having had the Audi RS 3 TCR here for a while, and we know that car well, and this is a sister car from the Volkswagen Group. It’s the same platform, it’s really just body panels and the badge on the front.

“There has been great interest since its announcement, but nothing beats having a car in the workshop that people and come and look at.

“We’re looking forward to the first customer coming along, put their hand up and take this one onto the track.”

Matt Braid

Director, Australian Racing Group

“It’s great to see another car arrive in Australia. You can feel the momentum starting to build and it’s very exciting,” said Matt Braid.

“Volkswagen Group Motorsport is very committed to TCR global, and VW brand is going to be really good for the series.

“VW doesn’t have a huge racing pedigree in Australia, however, it is such a famous brand with so much history, both on the road and race track. The Golf will certainly attract its own set of followers, so we’re really looking forward to seeing it on track.”