Raised competition highlighted by Will Brown upon TCR Australia return
Inaugural Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series winner Will Brown has highlighted a raised level of competition following his return to the category at AWC Race Tasmania.
After securing the first Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series for HMO Customer Racing, Brown returned with reigning title winning team Melbourne Performance Centre in a LIQUI MOLY-supported Audi RS3 LMS TCR.
Finishing a best of fourth in Race 2, Brown explained the advancement by each team in terms of learning the category and the models competing as a key reason for the step up in competition.
“The competition is definitely tougher and I think it’s due to the teams having a better hold on the cars,” Brown said.
“I think HMO did an awesome job of being prepared for the first season by sending over an engineer to Germany to learn the cars before we got started. I think a lot of other teams have caught up like Melbourne Performance Centre and Garry Rogers Motorsport, so it’s a harder category to win as many races in that’s for sure.”
Phillip Island is a circuit Brown hasn’t raced at in a while, but the returnee is worries too much considering the Audi he is driving took Chaz Mostert to two race victories at the venue last year.
“I’m looking forward to Phillip Island, it’s a great track and it should be fun to race at,” Brown said.
“I haven’t actually raced at Phillip Island for I don’t know how long it might be now, it might have been a couple years as I used to race there all the time, so I’m really keen to get back there.
Brown believes he is not far from matching the frontrunners as he continues to adapt to MPC and the Audi RS3 LMS TCR as he targets a key characteristic in terms of set-up.
“I think for me, it’s just making a TCR car as loose as possible to drive, which means the rear-end moves around, then in turn stops you from overheating the front tyres and causing a lot of understeer,” Brown related.
“We need to get that out of the Audi, so that it has longevity in the race and doesn’t get understeer towards the end.”
The second round of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia will be part of the opening Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships event of the season at Phillip Island on March 18-20.
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