11 February 2021 |

James Moffat to use spare Renault Megane for Phillip Island

James Moffat will use his original Renault Megane R.S. TCR chassis for the second round of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series at Phillip Island.

Moffat was involved in a major incident in the opening round at Symmons Plains that saw Jason Bargwanna’s brakeless Peugeot plough into the back of Moffat’s Megane on the final lap of the last race.

The incident will leave Moffat’s 2020-spec Megane on the sidelines for Phillip Island while the Garry Rogers Motorsport perform the major repair work required.

GRM is currently upgrading Moffat’s 2019 Megane to the car’s current homologation specs, as well as performing the repair work on the other cars, including Bargwanna’s Peugeot, ahead of the Island event.

“Moff’s 2019 car will go into the fab shop today for the upgrades that it needs to reach the current specs, and we’re aiming for that to be ready early next week,” said team owner Barry Rogers.

“The running gear has been stripped out of his damaged car and that will be fitted to his old car ready for PI.

“Post Phillip Island, we’ll get stuck into repairing Moff’s 2020-spec Megane.

“(Jason) Bargwanna’s Peugeot cam out of the fab shop yesterday, and there was some minor body damage to (Michael) Caruso’s Alfa to repair too. That car was still in racing order, but we’ve sent that through the fab shop to put in a new right hand rear quarter.

“For sure, the boys are working flat out. Symmons Plains was a bit of a shocker for us, but that’s car racing. You can’t go to the track and not expect those things to happen. It’s just a shame when one incident does so much damage to your own cars.”

The Phillip Island event will see TCR Australia joined by S5000, Trans Am, GT World Challenge as well as the Australian Superbikes Championships.

The event will take place over four days, with general admission tickets available on Saturday and Sunday.

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