Interest in the planned new-for-2019 TCR Australia series has been so high from tyre manufacturers that the promoter has decided to seek formal tenders for the control tyre contract.
Promoter Australian Racing Group (ARG) says it has received ‘great interest’ in the new series from ‘all corners of motorsport’ after being announced as the promoter of the new series two weeks’ ago.
With interest also high from tyre manufacturers, the decision has been taken to open a formal tender process for the 18 inch (45.7 cm) wheel rubber.
“The interest in TCR Australia has been quite high and very encouraging from a range of different markets – from driver and team enquiry to events and potential category supporters,” said ARG Director Matt Braid.
“This has been no different in the tyre world. As soon as we announced, we had no less than six companies approach us with their interest in the global touring car class.
“We’ve decided to go to tender to get a complete picture from the respective brands to see what really is on offer and see what styles of partnership we can form in our first year and beyond.
“Of course, the commercial side of the deal will be paramount. We want the best outcome for all of the competitors and teams, but we are also very interested in the tyre and its specifications. A whole range of factors will come into play for this.
“I’m really excited to assess the interested supplier’s tenders and look forward to building a strong, lasting partnership.”