Stars return for TCR Sunshine State round
The return of 2019 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series Champion Will Brown and fan-favourite Tim Slade headline a mostly unchanged entry list for the series’ fourth round at Queensland Raceway this weekend.
Returning after a long two-month break from racing action, the series will see 13 entries take on ‘the paperclip’ for three action-packed days as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries.
After missing the previous round at Winton Motor Raceway, Brown will return to for his home race as his search for a maiden podium in 2023 continues following a troubled first half of the season.
“It was a little bit disappointing that I had to miss out at Winton, but with the first couple of rounds being so tough, we were keen to have a reset,” Brown said.
“It will be good to be back (in TCR), obviously the first two rounds weren’t that good to us and the title race, but I’m looking forward to competing at Queensland Raceway.
“I raced at Queensland Raceway in 2019 and we were quite strong, so I don’t see any reason why we can’t be again.”
The return of Slade is the other change from last round after it was announced last week the Queenslander would replace Winton race winner, Tom Oliphant in the Lynk & Co entry.
Series leader, Bailey Sweeny headlines the rest of the unchanged field and will look to extend his lead at the top of the standings after an outstanding first half of the year.
While Sweeny’s lead was solid at the break, all his closest title contenders including teammate Josh Buchan, Jordan Cox, Aaron Cameron and Lachlan Mineeff will be looking to close the gap on the breakaway leader.
Carl Cox Motorsports’ Michael Clemente will also be back behind the wheel of the rapid Cupra Leon after a costly incident in race three at Winton, while Kody Garland and Ben Bargwanna return after a stint in the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park last month.
The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series is one of six national categories to feature in the Shannons SpeedSeries’ visit to Queensland Raceway and will take to the track for the first time on Friday for two practice sessions.
Qualifying on Saturday morning will then decide the grid for the weekend’s opening race before the final two races take place on Sunday.
All three of the category’s races will feature in the Stan Sports coverage. as well as every other round of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia, where fans can watch the action live, on-demand and ad-free, while the series first race at 4:15pm on Saturday will be shown live and free on 9Go!
The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series will take the track at Queensland Raceway for the fourth round of the 2023 season on 11-13 August.