Bathurst to showcase variety of TCR
There’s no venue in the country, which highlights the strengths and weaknesses of each TCR model like Bathurst.
The TCR Bathurst 400 concludes the second season of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia where the elements of the Mount Panorama circuit are combined with an endurance style format for the first time.
It marks a return trip to the legendary venue after Supercheap Auto TCR Australia’s maiden appearance on the Hi Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour weekend during Easter.
Back in April, Chaz Mostert took the clean-sweep in the Bostik-backed Melbourne Performance Centre Audi RS3 LMS TCR ahead of Garry Rogers Motorsport Team Valvoline’s Aaron Cameron in a Peugeot 308 TCR.
Mostert detailed how he was able to utilise the Audi’s strengths, then keep Cameron behind where he was weaker.
“There were definitely a few loose moments for me just trying to hustle,” Mostert said.
“The Alfa Romeo and Peugeot have a bit more punch compared to us, but at Bathurst or a Phillip Island, obviously it starts to comeback as a strength for us.
“Kind of what they get away from you, you catch up and a bit more, but you need to make sure you’re in contention after the straight.”
While Mostert took three race victories, HMO Customer Racing’s fortunes were quite the opposite after a red flag early in qualifying left its trio of Hyundai i30 N TCRs deep in the pack.
Nathan Morcom is just behind teammate Josh Buchan in the points placed fourth, but believes second time around the Hyundai will fulfil its promise and the longer 21-lap encounters will suit the Korean pocket rockets.
“We’re looking forward to the longer races compared to what we ran there at Easter, I think it will play more into our hands because we’re always good with tyre life,” he said.
The TCR Bathurst 400 action begins on Tuesday November 30.