The final entry list for tonight’s opening round of the carsales TCR Australia SimRacing Series at the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit has been confirmed.
A field of 13 cars will take to the Melbourne venue, the track that was to be the home of the inaugural TCR Asia Pacific Cup in March this year before the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to proceedings.
After a successful ARG eSport Cup where all competitors from the Australian Racing Group’s stable of categories were invited to compete, this series is dedicated to TCR Australia and New Zealand entrants. Unlike the ARG eSport Cup, which used the iRacing platform, the TCR Australia SimRacing Series will be conducted on the Assetto Corsa software.
Leading the field of competitors will be reigning TCR Australia champion Will Brown, who will representing the HMO Customer Racing team in his #1 Hyundai i30 N TCR.
Joining Brown will be New Zealander Jaden Ransley, who was victorious in the ARG eSport Cup. Ransley will drive the #30 HMO Hyundai and is considered one of the title favourites.
Brown and Ransley are two of four i30 Ns in the field, with New Zealanders Peter Vodanovich and Brock Timperley representing a continent of TCR NZ competitors.
Ready to challenge the Hyundai attack will be the Wall Racing Hondas of Tony D’Alberto and John Martin, driving their Civic Type R cars.
Also driving a Honda will be Zac Soutar, the young Geelong-based privateer who will compete in the TCR Australia Series this year.
Ben Bargwanna – son of former Bathurst 1000 winner and current TCR Australia driver Jason – will take the wheel of his Burson Auto Parts Peugeot 308 which at this stage is the only Peugeot in the field.
Garry Rogers Motorsport is represented by Dylan O’Keeffe, who comes into the series with impressive sim racing credentials including a top-three championship result in the ARG eSport Cup. O’Keeffe will drive the Renault Megane TCR car.
A pair of Volkswagen Golfs will also be part of the action. TCR Australia regular Chelsea Angelo will drive her Astrontech GTI, while former Toyota 86 driver Luke King is counting on the Golf to take him to the front of the field.
Australian privateer Liam McAdam and Track Tec Racing’s Rowan Shepard will represent Audi in the RS 3, while Jay Hanson will compete in his Alfa Romeo, although will miss tonight’s first round due to prior commitments.
Other local and international guests are expected to join the field from Round 2, to be run next week at Mount Panorama, Bathurst.
The Albert Park event will be streamed live starting at 8pm AEST tonight, with Sim Racing Oz editor Lachlan Mansell joining Cameron Van Den Dungen in commentary.
TCR Australia SimRacing Series Round 1 Entry List
|1||HMO Customer Racing||Will Brown||AUS||Hyundai I30N|
|2||Luke King Racing||Luke King||AUS||Volkswagen Golf GTI|
|17||Burson Auto Parts Racing||Ben Bargwanna||AUS||Peugeot 308 TCR|
|24||Wall Racing||John Martin||AUS||Honda Civic Type R|
|28||Track Tec Racing||Rowan Shepherd||NZ||Audi RS 3|
|30||HMO Customer Racing||Jaden Ransley||NZ||Hyundai I30N|
|33||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Dylan O’Keeffe||AUS||Renault Megane RS|
|50||Wall Racing||Tony D’Alberto||AUS||Honda Civic Type R|
|59||Brock Timperley Motorsport||Brock Timperley||NZ||Hyundai I30N|
|84||Racing Sims NZ||Peter Vodanovich||NZ||Hyundai I30N|
|97||LM Motorsport||Liam McAdam||AUS||Audi RS 3|
|110||Team Soutar Motorsport||Zac Souter||AUS||Honda Civic Type R|
|134||Astrontech||Chelsea Angelo||AUS||Volkswagen Golf GTI|