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Quinta, 16 Maio 2019 10:30 | Actualizado em Quinta, 23 Maio 2019 12:02

Third Hyundai entered for TCR Australia Series opener in Sydney


GWR Australia has confirmed it will enter one of its two Hyundai i30 N TCR cars for the inaugural round of the 2019 TCR Australia Series event at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend.

The Sydney-based team will enter Michael Almond in the #29 i30 racer, sporting backing from Astrontech and Commercial Interior Projects.

Almond is no stranger to national-level motorsport competition. The South Australian has raced in Porsches for the past eight years, including six season in the prestigious Carrera Cup Championship. Almond currently races for Sonic Motor Racing Services, sitting seventh in the 2019 title standings.

Almond has also raced in Touring Car Masters and V8 Utes during his racing journey.

The 35-year-old says the he is excited to be a part of the new touring car class, stating that his love for under two litre racers started back in his teens, watching the classic British Touring Car battles is similar cars.

The first round of the TCR Australia Series at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend, with the event to be held alongside the Shannons Nationals Championships. CLICK HERE to secure tickets to the race meeting.

Every round of TCR Australia will be broadcast live, free and HD broadcast coverage on SBS. Saturday’s race (May 18) will be shown from 2-3pm, while Sunday’s two races (May 19) will have a two hour broadcast from 1-3pm.

The event will also be live streamed across the day and will be available on the TCR Australia website.

The GWR Australia Hyundai that Michael Almond will race in the opening round of the 2019 TCR Australia Series. Click on image for high-resolution options.


Michael Almond
Driver, GWR Australia

“It’s just for one event at the moment, but we’ll see how we goes. If everyone gets excited and get more support, we’ll have a look and see if we can finish the season,” said Michael Almond.

“I used to love playing TOCA (the 1990s game based on the British Touring Car Championship). That was some of my favourite times as a teen, playing the game. I was a huge fan of the BTCC. The racing is always close, with the cars going three wide and hard, solid racing.

“The cars have the paddle shift gearbox and a really nice Michelin tyre. Both of these things I’ll be used to from my Porsche racing. I’ve haven’t done much front-wheel drive racing, but the recipe is there to have some fun so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Garth Walden
Managing Director, GWR Australia

“It’s great to confirm that we’ll have one car on the grid for Sydney Motorsport Park,” said Garth Walden.

“It’s going to be great to be part of history – the first round of TCR in Australia. I’m getting plenty of calls and messages about it, so I reckon they’ll be a big crowd there.

“It’s fantastic to have Michael Almond as the driver. He has been part of our team as a driver coach for a number of years and it’s good to have him in the race seat.

“He has raced in many categories and I’m confident that he’ll adapt to the front wheel drive TCR car quickly.

“It’s a shame that we’ll have our other Hyundai in the garage for this event, but we expect to get it out for Round 2 at Phillip Island.”

CONFIRMED TEAMS & DRIVERS FOR ROUND 1, SMSP

Car #  

Team

Driver

State

Vehicle

Model

6

Kelly Racing

Molly Taylor

NSW

Subaru

WRX STI

7

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Jimmy Vernon

NSW

Alfa Romeo

Giulietta Veloce 

8

Alliance Autosport

Jason Bright

VIC

Volkswagen . 

Golf GTI

9

Ashley Seward Motorsport  

Dylan O'Keeffe

VIC

Alfa Romeo

Giulietta Veloce

11

HMO Customer Racing

Nathan Morcom

NSW

Hyundai

I30N

22

Melbourne Performance

Rik Breukers

NED

Audi

RS 3

24

Wall Racing

John Martin

NSW

Honda

Civic Type R

29

GWR Australia

Michael Almond

SA

Hyundai

i30 N

30

HMO Customer Racing

Will Brown

QLD

Hyundai

I30N

33

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Chris Pither

NZ

Renault

Magane RS

34

Garry Rogers Motorsport

James Moffat

VIC

Renault

Magane RS

35

Alliance Autosport

Alexandra Whitley

QLD

Volkswagen

Golf GTI

37

Kelly Racing

Chelsea Angelo

VIC

Opel

Astra

50

Wall Racing

Tony D'Alberto

VIC

Honda

Civic Type R

62

Kelly Racing

Alex Rullo

WA

Opel

Astra

777

Kelly Racing

Andre Heimgartner  

NZ

Subaru

WRX STI


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