Lights on for TCR World Tour Aussie Debut in Sydney

Tuesday 25 July, 2023
The Kumho TCR World Series format for November's Race Sydney has been confirmed.
The Kumho TCR World Tour's first stop in Australia will be an action-packed, two-day affair with night racing the key highlight.

Race Sydney, the first of two Australian Kumho TCR World Tour rounds alongside the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, will be held under lights over two days and nights at Sydney Motorsport Park on November 3-4.

A joint-venture between Australian TCR promoter ARG and the Australian Racing Drivers Club, Race Sydney is set to be a must-visit stop on the calendar this year.

The condensed format will allow Sydney-based fans to attend after work on Friday evening, with a busy afternoon and evening program on Saturday then concluding the round.

Following practice and qualifying, Race 1 will be held on Friday evening with races 2 and 3 to follow on Saturday – one each in the late afternoon and then one at night, respectively.

Sunday will be an off day to allow more times for teams to traverse the Blue Mountains to Mount Panorama for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International the following week.

Racing will take place under lights on both Friday and Saturday night, with live coverage of both evenings on Stan Sport.

The Nine Network will continue to show three hours live and free on Saturday afternoon in the lead-up to the final race that night.

Australian Racing Group, Chief Operating Officer Liam Curkpatrick was pleased with the event's confirmed format.

"We've worked closely with the Australian Racing Drivers' Club (ARDC) to settle on the best possible format for this event and make it as fan-friendly as possible," Curkpatrick said.

"The ARDC and WSC, promoters of the TCR World Tour, have been great to work with as we try to make the biggest impact possible for the first TCR World Tour round on Aussie soil.

"Having all the action condensed across two days works perfectly and the ability to use Sydney Motorsport Park's fantastic lighting means we can run in prime-time both nights, which works brilliantly for spectators and for TV audiences here and around the world."

CEO of the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, Glenn Matthews welcomed the new change.

"The ARDC has a proud history of creating some of Australia’s most iconic race meetings on legendary tracks like Amaroo, Catalina and Mt Panorama,” said Matthews.

“As current operators of Sydney Motorsport Park, which now runs day and night with our stadium LED lighting and advanced infrastructure, we are thrilled to join ARG in bringing a new, international-standard event to our shores and our track.”

The Race Sydney event doubles as the penultimate round of the Shannons SpeedSeries with a full program of on-track action planned, including the exciting National Trans Am Series plus racing from the Workhorse Radical Cup Australia and Hyundai Excels.

A full event program will be announced in due course, with tickets on sale for both events next week.
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