WSC Ltd and Motorsport Australia extend TCR rights
Motorsport Australia and WSC Ltd have agreed to a further five year extension of the TCR rights in Australia.
While the initial deal signed in 2018 was due to expire at the end of 2023, Motorsport Australia was eager to secure the category’s long term future with WSC, with this new deal meaning the rights were now secured until the end of 2028.
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Motorsport Australia remains the rights holder for the category in Australia, with the Australian Racing Group (ARG) currently holding a separate Commercial Rights Agreement with Motorsport Australia to run and promote the category ‘down under’ as the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series.
Since its debut in 2019, the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series has progressed rapidly to become one of the strongest domestic series for the category globally.
Featuring seven manufacturers, Supercheap Auto TCR Australia is producing stars in its right through the likes of Josh Buchan, Aaron Cameron, Jordan Cox and Zac Soutar, while young gun Bailey Sweeny became the 19th individual race winner in the class during the previous round of the Speed Series at Bathurst.
WSC Ltd CEO Marcello Lotti was proud to confirm the extension of the rights with Motorsport Australia.
“It’s with great pleasure that we have extended the agreement with Motorsport Australia for a further five years. Ever since it started back in 2019, TCR Australia has showed its great potential, and the series has not stopped growing since then,” Lotti said.
“Now TCR Australia has become one of the most competitive TCR series around the globe and one of the most attractive for Australian teams and fans alike.
“We are confident that the category will benefit from this five-year extension to grow even further in the coming seasons.”
ARG CEO Matt Braid added: “It has been fantastic for Australian Racing Group to partner with Motorsport Australia and WSC in the launch and development of TCR competition in Australia,” Braid said.
“Despite the COVID challenges of the last two years, TCR Australia has grown to become a highly competitive and exciting category that appeals to local motorsport fans and the global TCR fanbase thanks to the support and professionalism of the teams, drivers and our commercial partners.
“TCR Australia’s on-track entertainment is second-to-none with big name drivers and young up and coming stars driving market-relevant race cars around the best tracks in the country, and we look forward to working with Eugene and Marcello and their respective teams at Motorsport Australia and WSC to continue the fantastic growth of the Series.”
Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca thanked WSC Ltd for its continued support.
“We are very proud of our relationship with Marcello and the entire WSC Ltd team and thrilled to have secured the long term future of TCR in Australia,” Arocca said.
“There is plenty to like about the category and its close racing, along with the ongoing development of these cars and any new models that will begin racing across the globe.
“We are excited to see TCR continue to evolve and grow across the world and look forward to being part of that future success in the years ahead.
“This extension also validates that ARG is doing a terrific job as the current category manager of TCR. Matt Braid, along with everyone at ARG, should be applauded for the category’s initial success, particularly with the way they have navigated the pandemic, which has impacted the events in recent years.”
The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series will continue to remain a prominent part of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships, with the category to feature at the next round at Sydney Motorsport Park on 27-29 May. Tickets for the Sydney event can be purchased from www.motorsporttickets.com.au.
A record crowd recently enjoyed Supercheap Auto TCR Australia’s return to Phillip Island with the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships in March, with 14,980 in attendance, as another bumper crowd is expected in New South Wales next month.