27 October 2021 |

“I’ve been thinking about Bathurst non-stop” – Ben Bargwanna

Supercheap Auto TCR Australia’s return to the Mountain remains on the mind of Ben Bargwanna as he aims to improve on his results earlier this year at the venue for the season ending TCR Bathurst 400.

After confirming his entry for the opening round of S5000’s Tasman Cup at SMP, finishing his maiden Supercheap Auto TCR Australia campaign still is a key focus as he battles to secure a top 10 position in the standings.

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“I’ve been thinking about Bathurst non-stop since we left, but I’m really excited to get back there and really improve on what we did last time,” said Bargwanna.

“I left with a bit of a bitter feeling, I just didn’t really maximise that weekend and I did go through The Chase sideways during one of the races, which the good thing is we have data so we can analyse that to see the cause.”

The last round at Sydney Motorsport Park proved a turning point for Bargwanna as gains in various areas were made during the weekend.

“We had good form last time out at Sydney Motorsport Park and we found a few things with the car, plus also I found a bit more confidence in myself as well,” Bargwanna explained.

“It would have been good to get to another round sooner to maximise and learn from that, but it is what it is. I feel confident to head back to racing, I’m feeling really good and can’t wait to get back to it.

Bathurst preparation began on Monday when Garry Rogers Motorsport conducted a shakedown of its Supercheap Auto TCR Australia entries, providing Bargwanna the first opportunity to drive his Peugeot 308 TCR since SMP

“It was good to get back in the car and to get the feeling of being behind the wheel again,” he summarised.

“It’s been a while since I’ve sat in the Peugeot, but today was just to run the cars in, get all the gremlins out of the way and making sure we’re ready for Bathurst.

“Last time, I actually felt confident in what the potential was and we just didn’t get there, so hopefully next time round we can really highlight the Peugeot’s pace.”

The next round of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series is the TCR Bathurst 400 at Mount Panorama on November 30-December 5.