TCR Australia completes calendar with round at Morgan Park

TCR Australia completes calendar with round at Morgan Park

Garth Tander leads the start of TCR Australia race at The Bend Motorsport Park
Photo: TCR Australia / Daniel Kalisz

Morgan Park Raceway has been confirmed as the fifth round of the 2020 TCR Australia series, completing the seven-event calendar for the second year of the touring car championship.

The event at the Southern Downs regional circuit will take place on 3 – 5 July, marking the first visit of TCR Australia to the 2.9 km circuit.

Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships Director Michael Smith welcomed the arrival of TCR Australia, which will be supported by the Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters and the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge, to the circuit.

“Morgan Park will be a terrific location for the fifth round of the rebranded Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships in 2020,” said Smith.

“Together with the Southern Downs Regional Council and Morgan Park, we know this event will be a great success and we are extremely grateful to everyone at the Council for their support of this event.

“We can’t wait to compete at Morgan Park next year and showcase some of the best Australian circuit racing for those in the Warwick region.”

Southern Downs Regional Council’s Yve Stocks, the council’s portfolio holder for Events, Sports and Recreation, was delighted to welcome TCR Australia to the area.

“Having such a huge event like this certainly brings a lot of outside people into the region. Not only competitors, but also spectators, which is really good for our economy,” said Councillor Stocks.

“The economic benefit is one of the best things that will come out of the event and as a motorsport competitor myself, I can safely say the racing will definitely be exciting for spectators.”

TCR Australia’s 2020 calendar complete

The news comes off the back of confirmation of the date for the inaugural Bathurst International endurance event, which will take place at the famous Mount Panorama circuit on November 13 – 15.

The event will be known as the TCR Bathurst 500 and will feature a two-driver race battling for the endure crown.

“There were a number of categories that we have racing that we needed to wait for, and this date represents the best chance for drivers and teams from around the world to race at the iconic Mount Panorama,” said Australian Racing Group CEO Matt Braid.

“The mid-November date gives everyone a long lead time to arrange their calendars and logistics.

“We know that all of the local competitors in TCR, Touring Car Masters and Trans Am are looking forward to it, and we know that many international guests will do whatever they can to try and knock them off in their own backyard.”

The TCR Australia season kicks off with a non-championship race at the Melbourne Street Circuit, where the series will be supporting the Formula One Grand Prix on March 12 – 15.