TCR rivalries begin early at Winton this weekend
For some drivers, combatants with Supercheap Auto TCR Australia rivals start early and this weekend at Winton it will be the case.
Garry Rogers Motorsport Peugeot teammates Aaron Cameron, Jason Bargwanna and son Ben will compete in the David Lowe Memorial Excel Enduro Cup.
The hour and a half enduro will be used as preparation for the trio prior to the TCR Bathurst 400 at Mount Panorama.
Cameron returns to the Excels, a category where he competed in regularly early in his career and enters the event as a pre-race favourite alongside Adam Bywater.
“It’s pretty cool to get back into the Excel, I try and do the enduro every year as it’s a bit of fun,” Cameron said.
“It’s good to have a relaxing weekend and this year it has turned into really good prep for the TCR Bathurst 400.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to prepare for that than to do an hour and half Excel enduro.
“Adam has been running up the front in Excels for as long as I can remember. He does a really good job prepping the car and the Excel always looks good, so we’ll be looking to get the best position possible.
“But at the same time, we’re here for a bit of fun and just to close out the year for him.”
Cameron is already stirring the rivalry with Bargwannas ahead of the weekend’s action.
“Adam and I have already had a game plan chat about the Bargwannas,” he said.
“Really, that is our main goal to take the TCR Australia Cup between Ben, Jason and I.
“It should be fun, but definitely there will be some bragging rights in the GRM Peugeot camp, whoever wins it out of us.”
Jason Bargwanna has dubbed this weekend’s campaign the ‘Excel World Championship Enduro’ and will team with son Ben.
“We’ve all been sitting around not really doing much, though everyone is in the same boat,” he said.
“So, all of a sudden there are opportunities to race and we’re all grabbing them with two hands.
“It’s great to do an enduro with Ben in the Excels. It is shaping up to be a pretty big event actually when you look at the entry list and there’s prize money as well.
“All of a sudden it’s getting pretty serious.”
Cameron and the Bargwannas aren’t the only drivers competing this weekend, with fellow GRM driver Jordan Cox racing his Suzuki Swift in the Improved Production support events.
The next round of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series will be at Bathurst on November 30-December 4.