18 October 2021 |

TCR Australia rookie enjoying the openness of competition

Supercheap Auto TCR Australia rookie Michael Caruso is enjoying the unpredictable nature of racing this year after becoming the sixth race winner in this year’s title fight at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Making his return to Garry Rogers Motorsport driving the Team Valvoline Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR, Caruso endured a rough start to the season, but at his home circuit took a breakthrough victory defeating HMO Customer Racing’s Josh Buchan in Race 3.

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With Bathurst approaching and no testing miles expected, Caruso is not worried about losing momentum.

“I think everyone’s in the same position that I’m aware of, I don’t think anyone’s been testing,” said Caruso.

In what was a delayed debut in the category this season due to the worldwide pandemic, Caruso is excited by the unpredictable results Supercheap Auto TCR Australia has provided this season

“We know how competitive the category is,” Caruso said.

“I think we’ve already seen a handful of different manufacturers win and multiple drivers taking victories as well, which shows after only three or four events no one’s ever really sure who’s going come away with a race win.

“That’s a credit to the diversity of the category between all the cars and differences in performances at certain tracks.

“That’s something I certainly enjoy because it creates a challenge that in other categories, we get that stale continuation of people dominating, you don’t really get to see as much racing.

“I think the category (management) has done a stellar job, particularly with all the challenger we’re all facing to coordinate everybody – the teams and drivers – we all want to go racing and that motivation I’m sure will keep on going as soon as we all get together again.”

Caruso is placed 13th in the title and will complete double duty at Bathurst in both Supercheap Auto TCR Australia and the 1000.