Will Brown to return to Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series in 2022
Will Brown, the inaugural Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series champion, this year returns to the series as part of a TCR super-team with reigning champion team Audi Sport Customer Racing and renowned German oil brand, LIQUI MOLY, as naming rights sponsor.
Brown, now firmly established as a full-time driver in the Supercars Championship, will contest the full series driving the Audi RS3 LMS TCR car driven to last year’s series title by Chaz Mostert.
The partnership marks the entry of LIQUI MOLY, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lubricants, additives and vehicle care products, as a team naming rights sponsor in TCR Australia.
Brown’s LIQUI MOLY Audi will be unveiled ahead of the season-opening AWC Race Tasmania event next week. The 23-year-old Queenslander will race with #999.
Brown shot onto the national motorsport scene with success in Formula Ford, Formula 4 and the Toyota 86 Series before stunning the TCR Australia Series field in 2019 with a dominant series win, driving a Hyundai i30 N for HMO Customer Racing.
He remains the most successful driver in TCR Australia to date, having won seven races during the 2019 season.
Brown’s success in TCR was recognised globally, being inducted into Hyundai Motorsport Junior program for the 2020 season that, due to COVID-19, was never able to materialise.
Brown’s entry into the Supercars Championship in 2021 resulted in his maiden Supercars race win at Sydney Motorsport Park – the first for a rookie driver since 2013.
The jovial Toowoomba-born driver finished eighth in the 2021 Supercars points standings, and in doing so recorded the highest finishing position for a first-year Supercars driver since Marcos Ambrose, 20 years earlier.
Brown joins a crack field of motorsport stars in the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series and will battle the likes of former Supercars stars Fabian Coulthard (Honda), James Moffat (Renault) and Michael Caruso (Alfa Romeo) in the competitive touring car class.
But don’t think that the ex-Supercars drivers will have it their own way, with young guns Jordan Cox (Peugeot), Aaron Cameron (Peugeot) and Josh Buchan (Hyundai) ready to dethrone the champions of the sport.
The opening round of the 2022 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series will be held at Symmons Plains Raceway for the second running of the AWC Race Tasmania on February 11-13.
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#999 LIQUI MOLY Audi RS 3 LMS TCR
“I’m pumped to be back racing in the TCR Australia Series with LIQUI MOLY and Audi Sport Customer Racing,” said Brown.
“After winning the series in 2019, I didn’t get the chance to defend the title in 2020 that was planned, so it is great to get back in these cars and hit the grid.
“I am excited to see what the Audi is like. It is one of the best cars in the field and being run by the team at Melbourne Performance Centre is huge. There’s a bit of pressure to back up what Chaz was able to achieve last year by winning the series, but I’m up for the challenge.
“Everything I do, I want to win. Racing in TCR is no different and I’ll be aiming to be near the front right from the start.
“I really enjoy competing in multiple categories of racing. For me, the more racing you do, the better you are. I have a few other types of racing on the horizon too, so I want to be in a race car as much as I can. I really can’t wait for the year to kick off in TCR at Symmons Plains.”
Managing Director LIQUI MOLY Australia
“Motor racing is part of the LIQUI MOLY DNA and we are excited to be joining forces with Melbourne Performance Centre and their winning Audi RS 3 LMS TCR car,” said Johnson.
“Adding the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series to our Australian calendar in 2022 provides us with an exciting opportunity to further entrench the LIQUI MOLY brand in the motorsport arena.”
“To have Will back racing in TCR is great news, and even better yet that he will be steering the LIQUI MOLY Audi to what we hope is another successful season for MPC. Will has been a force to contend with in every series of racing he has been in, and we look forward to seeing Will and the LIQUI MOLY Audi on the podium this year.”
Managing Director, Melbourne Performance Centre
“We are delighted to welcome Will Brown to the Melbourne Performance Centre team, driving the series-winning Audi RS 3 TCR,” said Russell.
“Will proved his talent in the inaugural season driving for one of our rivals, so now it’s great to have him in our corner, filling the shoes of Chaz who did a terrific job last year.
“Having LIQUI MOLY join our team is also a huge coup for Melbourne Performance Centre and the TCR Australia Series. LIQUI MOLY is a huge international brand, so for them to join this global touring car class makes sense on many levels.
“We can’t wait to get down to Symmons Plains and start the season, and we know that with Will and LIQUI MOLY, we are going to be in a strong position from the outset.”