Experienced category manager Liam Curkpatrick has been appointed by the Australian Racing Group ahead of the first season of the TCR Australia series in 2019.
Curkpatrick has previously worked in the Super3 Series, which he helped nurture from its formative years as the ‘V8 Touring Car’ Series for non-registered V8 Supercars, to now being officially aligned with the Supercars Championship.
He was also involved as category manager for the National Sports Sedans Series and the Australian Prototype Series, as well as having an operational role in the Shannons Nationals.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the TCR Australia Series,” said Curkpatrick. “It’s a brand-new category with loads of potential and I’m really keen to get it started and growing.
“It’s a type of racing that is so positive for Australian motorsport. For me, to be involved at the ground level is an honour.
“The style of car and the type of racing that it produces is a big draw card. The fact that the championship is based on Balance of Performance [BOP] means that anyone can fight for the wins, regardless of the amount of budget that they bring to the table.
“The best teams and drivers will win, of course, but the BOP will mean a very even playing field.
“The price point for the competitors is very competitive too. What they will get for their money is unreal. It offers really good bang for their buck, and the recent broadcast deal with SBS is an absolute win for all.”
Curkpatrick will start with immediate effect in the new series and will be the main point of contact for the teams and competitors.
As well as the new category manager, Jamie Augustine has been confirmed as the technical and sporting manager for TCR Australia as part of the TCR Australia agreement with the Confederation of Australian Motorsport [CAMS].
Augustine, the national category technical regulation manager for CAMS, is a former engineer at MOTEC and race driver in his own right.