9 September 2021 |

Privateer commits to TCR Australia long term

Supercheap Auto TCR Australia privateer Michael Clemente has declared his long term intent to compete in the class after debuting in the class this year.

Entering the burgeoning category with his family-backed ex-Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, the Victorian has put in a number of impressive performances this season highlighted by two top 10s at Phillip Island.

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With three rounds remaining of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, Clemente is turning his focus to building a strong campaign for 2022.

“We’re not selling up that’s for sure, we’re here for the long run,” Clemente said.

“I want to get on the podium and win some trophies.

“We’re looking to the future to put together everything we can to get into it again next year.”

Announcing his intention to join Supercheap Auto TCR Australia at the end of its inaugural season, Clemente revealed the impacts of the current worldwide situation on his privateer campaign.

“It’s pretty hard with the climate at the moment,” he admitted. “When we first jumped in at the end of 2019 there was no COVID, so no one planned for it, but it has hit us a little bit harder.

“We’re managing, we’re getting through as best as we can do.”

Just one of many family operations entered into Supercheap Auto TCR Australia, Clemente is aiming to reward his team with further top finishes to round out his maiden season.

“We could have done it differently and given a whole lot of money to a team then arrived on a weekend, but the way we’re doing it is from a different aspect,” said Clemente.

“Not so much better or worse, it’s definitely a challenge but I have a really big family and we’ve got plenty of good guys in the team who are just there because they believe.

“I really hope we can get some good results to pay them back because I think we’re a bit overdue at the moment.”

The next rounds of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series will be held at The Bend Motorsport Park on October 15-17.