Melbourne Performance Centre adds two new Audi RS3s to TCR Australia

Melbourne Performance Centre adds two new Audi RS3s to TCR Australia

Audi RS3 LMS TCR Rik Breukers
Photo: TCR Australia / Daniel Kalisz

Melbourne Performance Centre is planning to field two more Audi RS3 LMS cars in next weekend’s second TCR Australia event at Phillip Island, with the cars arriving straight from Germany this weekend.

Dutchman Rik Breukers drove the team’s sole Audi in the opening event at Sydney Motorsport Park, and the team are planning to run two more cars in the second event of the season.

The team will also continue to run a Volkswagen Golf GTi for Aaron Cameron, with the two Audis coming in addition to its existing RS3.

Breukers will not take part in the second event, meaning that all three Audi seats are yet to have their drivers revealed.

MPC are the official motorsport agent for the Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) in Australia, looking after sales and support for their Volkswagen, Audi and CUPRA TCR cars in the country.

“The two new cars are for sale or lease, but we are committed to entering them, plus our exisiting Audi into the Phillip Island event,” said Melbourne Performance Centre Manging Director Troy Russell.

“After Sydney, we received an incredible amount of positive feedback about TCR. Everyone realised that TCR Australia is real and it’s happening, and potential customers of ours were pleasantly surprised about how well it ran.

“And the whole show is only going to get better. For our business, and the feeling amongst the industry, TCR is the way forward. The interest has been massive. Hence why we have two new cars on the way.”

Matt Braid, Director of Australian Racing Group, is pleased to see the grid for the new series grow to over 20 cars for the second event, after Wall Racing announced that it would add two more Hondas to its line-up.

“It is fantastic to see two more cars coming into the Melbourne Performance Centre stable for this year,” said Braid.

“Adding to the two new Hondas that were confirmed recently, this will mean that we are well over 20 cars in the country and more on the way.

“The Audis are one of the strongest and consistent performers on the TCR global front. The RS 3 was awarded the TCR ‘Model of the Year’ in 2018, so it’s no surprise to us that there has been strong interest in people racing it here.

“Audi has been a long-time supporter of Australian and international motorsport. We met with a number of their management in Sydney and we’re looking forward to exploring more opportunities with them in the future.”