Greg Rust – “I’ve got a good feeling about 2022”
Supercheap Auto TCR Australia lead commentator Greg Rust is excited by the category’s growth despite it being hampered by the continuous interruptions of the global pandemic.
In 2021, Supercheap Auto TCR Australia bolstered its grid and more drivers emerged as contenders as well as different brands took victories in an action packed second season.
Rust highlighted the rise in competition as a key factor to watch out for next year.
“I’ve got a good feeling about 2022,” Rust remarked.
“The pandemic might have hampered the grand plan but I’m proud of the way the ARG crew pivot., they just get stuff done and no one has lost sight of the full potential of that event.
“We’re getting there and everyone in motorsport is doing their part.
“In a roundabout way it will enable our drivers to show what they have learned having been able to benchmark themselves against some gun internationals in our first proper season in 2019.
“The Euros are going to love Mount Panorama.”
Reflecting on the two seasons of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia so far held, Rust revealed his enthusiasm surrounding the class as he recalled his time covering the Australian Super Touring Championship in the 1990s for Channel 10.
“I can’t tell you how reinvigorated this whole thing has made me,” he enthused.
“I don’t buy into the them and us thing with Supercars. COVID has kind of stopped that discussion anyway, but even before it I kept saying “we’re both different and we don’t need another f*cken war like the late ‘90’s.
“That’s the last thing Aussie motorsport needs!
“While there is crossover of fans, I felt like I was coming in without blinkers on, I noticed different people in the paddock and the presence of more passionate auto enthusiasts. which is clearly driven by the support offering too. It is, without question, the best support line-up in Aussie motorsport to the point where each category is nearly on par with TCR and each with a point of difference.
“There is something for everyone. You can see all sorts of activity in the paddock and corporate suites that enhances the experience too.
“I reckon if we can get a sort of industry vibe in the paddock with auto businesses showcasing their product and keep giving fans access to the cars, we’ll nail it.
“It’s just a good day out.”