Audi call for Australia to ditch V8s in favour of GT3 and...

Audi call for Australia to ditch V8s in favour of GT3 and TCR

Romolo Liebchen

Romolo LiebchenAudi Sport’s Head of Customer Racing Romolo Liebchen believes that Australia should ditch the V8 Supercars formula in favour of GT3 and TCR regulations.

Commenting at the Bathurst 12 Hours race, Liebchen said to motoring.com.au that he believes the hugely popular V8 Supercars championship will struggle to survive if new car manufacturers are not found.

“They are looking for a way to make Supercars survive,” said Liebchen. “But they will not find new manufacturers that will build and develop engines for the formula [V8 Supercars] – the market is too small.

“I think if Australia was to adopt a GT3 sprint formula with a single driver [per car], it could be a very strong solution.”

It is also believed that Audi are developing a TCR-spec Audi A3 car, with Liebchen adding that such a vehicle could be raced in many relevant markets around the globe.

“There are already a number of markets requesting such a car from us.

“GT3 is successful as it has variety and a strong connection to brands and also to road cars. TCR could be the same. They lift the bonnet and [spectators] see the engine of their [road] car.”