29 November 2021 |

Luke King teams with experienced engineer for TCR Bathurst 400

Title contender Luke King will have a new experienced engineer for the TCR Bathurst 400 this week as Wally Storey comes out of retirement to fulfil the role.

With regular engineer Chris Stuckey missing from by King’s side this week due to other racing commitments, Storey will bring his vast experience of which the Melbourne Performance Centre driver expects to be beneficial.

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“With the combined event I’ve lost my engineer Chris Stuckey, who can’t do double duty,” said King.

“It was actually my mentor Jason Bright, who reached out to Wally first. I rang him up on the way back from Phillip Island a couple of weeks ago and we were trying to think of engineers we could pull out of the woodwork, who was an experienced hand.

“Brighty messaged me later that night and asked me ‘what about Wally?’

“I pepped up straight away because my dad knows Wally from back in the day and so I got in touch with him.

“Wally said he’d come out of retirement because he knows dad and I are racers, so he’s all onboard.

“His words to me were ‘he’s not coming out to look like an idiot!’”

A regular at Bathurst as both a driver and race winning engineer, it’s Storey successful history at the Mountain King hopes to draw on as he not only is a mathematical chance for the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia title, but also leads a tight battle for second.

“It should be good to have someone that has the experience Wally has considering the unpredictable weather conditions and the like,” King explained.

“I think it’s good to have someone practical, yet understands the game well.”

King also welcomes new supporters Architectural Glass & Cladding and Rover Coaches to his existing sponsors Great Divide Tours, Moutai and Fast Track Communications.

Supercheap Auto TCR Australia action begins on Tuesday with Practice 1 at 10:40am AEDT.