Garry Rogers Motorsport has added a pair of Renault Mégane TCR cars to its plans for the 2019 TCR Australia series, having already committed to running two Alfa Romeo Giulietta cars.
GRM’s announcement takes the total number of car brands to be represented on the grid to six, with the Vukovic Motorsport-built cars joining Audi, Volkswagen, Honda, Hyundai and Alfa Romeo in the series.
The cars are expected to arrive in Australia next month, ahead of the start of the season at Sydney motorsport Park on May 17 – 19.
“We had a look at what vehicles were available and see what would suit us,” said GRM Owner Garry Rogers. “We purchased two Alfas and we’ve now purchased two Renault Mégane as well.
“We see this category as the growth phase of motorsport in Australia. We love our V8s, we love what we do, but there’s certainly room for this category in the motorsport landscape.
“There’s no doubt that these TCR Series cars suit the modern audience and the demographic.
“For us, the Renault Mégane is a great vehicle of choice. It’s a trendy car, and the results that we’ve seen so far in testing is that it is fast and it is very competitive.
“Now, we need to make sure that we have the right drivers and the right people preparing them to get the best results.”
No drivers have yet been confirmed for the programme, with announcements expected in the coming weeks.
Matt Braid, the Director of promoter Australian Racing Group, welcomed the announcement of increased brand diversity for the series’ inaugural season.
“This is another huge tick of approval for TCR Australia and we welcome Renault and its great Mégane RS to the grid for 2019 and beyond,” said Braid.
“Renault has a long and steep history in motorsport, headed by its Formula 1 team that has Australian Daniel Riccardo behind the wheel.
“We are really excited that Garry and his team have embraced the TCR Series concept early in its time here in Australia.
“Now with four cars, representing two car makers, shows that he has a great vision for the class here and we wish him all the best on and off track.”