CUPRA confirmed for TCR Australia debut at The Bend
Garage1 has confirmed that it will enter the final round of the carsales TCR Australia Series at The Bend Motorsport Park next month.
New South Welshman Tim Brook will drive the car, marking his second start in the series after debuting at Winton in a Honda.
Confirmation that the CUPRA will compete at The Bend will mean that a record 10 different car brands will compete at the world-class South Australian venue, joining Audi, Alfa Romeo, Holden, Honda, Hyundai, Peugeot, Renault, Subaru and Volkswagen.
It is expected that up 22 cars will line-up for the final event in TCR Australia’s inaugural series.
The Victorian-based Garage1 team is planning to test the CUPRA prior to The Bend – its first time on track since it was purchased from Germany.
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Driver, Garage1 CUPRA
“I’m excited, for sure. It will be great to have another crack at TCR is a different car,” said Tim Brook.
“The test will be good chance to get comfortable with the car. It will be an opportunity for the guys at Garage1 to do all of their systems checks, and then we can roll into the Bend and see how we go.
“I don’t really have an expectation for any results. The CUPRA is an unknown for everyone, but like almost every TCR car, they are all evenly matched. The CUPRA also shares many of the same components as the VW Golfs and the Audis, so if it’s close to them, then it will be competitive.
“It was great to do Winton in the Wall Racing Honda, I was a like a kid in a candy store the whole weekend. I really enjoyed it, and it was over before I knew it, but it did show me that TCR is where I want to be in the future.”
“Tim had a solid race meeting in the Honda at Winton, so we felt that he was the perfect choice for our debut at The Bend,” said John Evans.
“We’ll test the car before we go, and we can make sure that we have everything in place.
“Tim is a really rounded driver and we are confident that he’ll do a good job. He is consistently at the front of the Toyota 86 Series, which is a very competitive championship.
“Compared to the other teams who have been racing TCR for the past six months, we’ve got some catch up to do, but we are confident that the package that CUPRA supplied, plus the support from Melbourne Performance Centre, is going to fast track our development.”