Newcomers step into vacant seats at Kelly Racing and Melbourne Performance

Bryce Fullwood and Liam McAdam will make their TCR Australia débuts at Winton Motor Speedway this weekend, racing a Subaru WRX STi and Audi RS3 for Kelly Racing and Melbourne Performance Centre respectively.

Fullwood is the current Super2 Series leader, where he is dominating the second-tier of the Supercars category.

The 21-year-old will take on his first-ever race in a front-wheel drive car when he gets behind the wheel of the Subaru previously raced by Andre Heimgartner earlier in the year.

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Kelly Racing has elected to keep Heimgartner behind the wheel of one of its Opel Astra TCR cars, after he switched into the German machine for the previous event at Queensland Raceway earlier in the month.

The news means that Chelsea Angelo will remain on the sidelines, after she initially took part in the first three events of the year.

“I’m really looking forward to getting in the Kelly Racing TCR Subaru this weekend for the Winton round,” said Fullwood.

“It’s going to be an interesting change for me, everything I’ve raced from go karts up to the Supercar has been rear-wheel drive so to jump in a front wheel drive race car is going to be different for me and I’m looking forward to seeing what this new category is all about.

“I’ve been following along with TCR for the last few months and I kind of know what I should expect but at the same time I’m going in with an open mind.

“Now that the team has a fresh engine in the Subaru, I hope I can help them develop the car further. It was pretty racey when it was all working well with André behind the wheel so we’ll see what we can do this weekend.

“It should be interesting, obviously Supercars and Super2 there’s only three different model cars and in TCR there are a lot more, so it’ll be cool to sort of see where each car has its strengths and just go from there.

“All in all I’m looking forward to it, I’m going in with an open mind and just hoping we can get through the weekend and have some fun.”

Melbourne Performance Centre, meanwhile, will put 2015 Super3 champion Liam McAdam in one of its Audi RS3 LMS cars for the final three events of the year, with the car previously raced by Garth Tander, Jean-Karl Vernay and Aaron Seton.

McAdam tested with the team earlier in the month, and has now been confirmed for the rest of the season ahead of a possible full-time drive in 2020.

“I’ve never raced a front wheel drive car before, so there will be a lot to learn and get my head around,” said the 22-year-old.

“The Bend test that I did was a great to get comfortable in the car and see what it is all about. My times there were really good, but I know that racing will be a whole new story.

“The Melbourne Performance Centre team has been outstanding, but its not an accident that I’ve ended up in one of these cars – My family and I have a strong affiliation with the Audi brand. We have connections to people within the business, and we all drive their products on the road, so I feel like it’s a great fit.”

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