Austrian racer Thomas Jäger will make his début in the TCR International Series next weekend, racing an Opel Astra TCR for Kissling motorsport at the Salzburgring.
The 23-year-old will join the grid in a third Astra, alongside the two which are already run by DG Sport Compétition.
It will mark the first time that three Opel cars have been represented on the grid of the TCR International Series in the same race.
“Three weeks ago we tested the new HJS Astra TCR and I immediately reached a high level of competition,” said Jäger. “Now I am concentrated on getting the best out of me and my HJS Astra TCR in a team-play with Kissling Motorsport.
“It is my first race at the Salzburgring ever, my first race with a front-driven Astra TCR ever and on top of that my first race in one of the most competitive, even in the hardest touring car race series in the world.”
Kissling Motorsport CEO Stefan Kissling explained that the deal has been done in partnership with HJS, an exhausts and emissions company with an involvement in motorsport.
“In Salzburg two Astra TCR cars will start with our long-term customer team DG Sport Compétition, who are located in the Ardennes,” said Kissling. “In addition, we will put a third Astra TCR on the TCR International Series entry list. This race car will be piloted by the young Austrian Thomas Jäger and powered by our technology partner HJS.
“During our test sessions the cooperation with Thomas worked well. Now we offer the opportunity to feel the speed of our customer sport HJS Astra TCR in racing through the cauldron of the Salzburgring. Kissling Motorsport is looking forward to it!”