A seven-event calendar has been revealed for the inaugural season of TCR Australia in 2019, with the season starting at the Sydney Motorsport Park in May and ending at The Bend Motorsport Park in November.
The newest addition to the TCR category will begin on the 17 – 19 May 2019, with the series hosting a seven-event championship at all Shannons Nationals events next year.
The season will take place over four Australian states and six different circuits, with The Bend Motorsport Park being the only venue to host the series twice, in July and November.
Further details on the race formats and regulations will be announced in due course. Negotiations on the television broadcast arrangements are still ongoing.
“Releasing the calendar is a great milestone for TCR Australia, and we are very pleased to launch the category alongside the Shannons Nationals events,” said Australian Racing Group (TCR Australia Promoter) Director Matt Braid.
“The seven events at six circuits give us variety at the best permanent circuits in Australia.
“The events give us great flexibility on race formats too, and we look forward to announcing those in the coming weeks.
“TCR Australia is one of most anticipated new racing categories to land on the Australian motorsport scene in many years. It will be fresh, exciting and action-packed.
“There are still a number of factors to confirm, including the broadcasting of the TCR events, and we are close to locking in all the details of what will be a great debut series for the teams and drivers that commit.”
Mike Smith, the Director of Shannons Nationals, is looking forward to welcoming TCR Australia to the bill next year.
“We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming the TCR Australia Series to the Nationals in 2019,” said Smith.
“There is a genuine excitement about this category coming to Australia and we can’t wait to host what will be a really competitive and accessible category on some of the best tracks in Australia.
“In 2019, our expanded seven round calendar promises to deliver a really diverse range of motor sport, featuring some new categories, like TCR, as well as categories that already have a strong following.
“After significant investment in our media product for the Nationals this year, we’re expecting an even better product to showcase some terrific motor sport, including TCR, in 2019 and beyond.”
2019 TCR AUSTRALIA CALENDAR
Round 1: Sydney Motorsport Park, 17-19 May
Round 2: Phillip Island, 6-9 June
Round 3: The Bend Motorsport Park, 12-14 July
Round 4: Queensland Raceway, 2-4 August
Round 5: Winton, 31 August-1 September
Round 6: Sandown, 20-22 September
Round 7: The Bend Motorsport Park, 15-17 November