TCR Australia Introduces TCR Challenge
The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series will introduce the TCR Challenge for the 2024 season, aimed at rewarding the semi-professional drivers on the grid.
TCR Challenge will be a separate class within the outright field, open to drivers over the age of 30 (prior to the commencement of the season) who have not had a top three points finish in any national or international competition. Drivers who qualify or finish a round inside the top three on more than three occasions in 2024 will not be eligible for the class.
Since the series’ introduction in 2019, a high proportion of competitors in TCR Australia have been young drivers who have won in other national motorsport categories, or established professionals. The TCR Challenge is designed to welcome and provide incentive to competitors for whom race driving is not a primary career pursuit.
There are five drivers on the grid for 2024 who are currently eligible for the new class. Brad Harris, Will Harris, Glenn Nirwan, Iain McDougall and Marcus LaDelle. Nirwan and LaDelle will be making their TCR Australia debut this weekend, while McDougall returns from 2023 along with the Harris brothers.
Round one of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series takes place this weekend, February 9-11, at Sandown Raceway as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries. All three races will be live on 7mate, with extended 7plus coverage on Saturday and Sunday.
Lisa Totani – Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Category Manager
“The introduction of the TCR Challenge is an opportunity to showcase the diversity and calibre of the competitors within the TCR Australia Series,” said Totani.
“This will provide eligible drivers with a platform to contest for meaningful results with their respected class,” concluded Totani.