28 February 2022 |

Young guns to provide the storylines

It was an exciting opening event to the third Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series season at AWC Race Tasmania, with commentator Richard Craill excited by the new names emerging as title combatants.

Supercheap Auto TCR Australia has always featured a mix of established drivers rising stars forging a name for themselves, however the opening round at Symmons Plains emphasised this statement.

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HMO Customer Racing’s Josh Buchan leads the points heading to Phillip Island, just two-points clear of privateer Honda driver Zac Soutar, while the experienced Tony D’Alberto in the factory-supported Wall Racing Civic Type R TCR rounds out the top three in the standings.

Add into the equation impressive performances from Melbourne Performance Centre’s Jay Hanson as well as Buchan’s Hyundai teammate Bayley Sweeny and Craill is excited by what the next generation of drivers emerging in Supercheap Auto TCR Australia.

“Zac Soutar was the obvious standout from Tassie, but for mine I loved the storyline of all the young guns taking on the more established names in TCR,” Craill said.

“Bailey Sweeny was impressive. Josh Buchan continues to be very strong. Jay Hanson is clearly a star of the future. These kids going up against the likes of (Will) Brown, D’Alberto, (James) Moffat, (Fabian) Coulthard, (Michael) Caruso and co, and often beating them could be one of the best storylines this year.

“We’re always asking the question, ‘where is the next superstar coming from?’ in our sport and performances like this help us find an answer by putting these kids in the spotlight.”

The next round of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia links up with the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships at Phillip Island on March 18-20.

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