Wall Racing confirms full season for John Martin and Paul Ip

Wall Racing confirms full season for John Martin and Paul Ip

John Martin and Paul Ip Kung Ching
Photo: TCR Australia

Wall Racing has confirmed that it will field John Martin and Paul Ip alongside the already confirmed Tony D’Alberto in the 2020 TCR Australia series, as it runs three Honda Civics for the full season.

The official agent for JAS Motorsport in Australia, Wall Racing will again field the race-winning combination of Martin and D’Alberto.

Martin finished eighth overall in last year’s drivers’ standings, claiming one win and two podiums overall.

Wall Racing will also provide parts and support to two private Honda teams running Zac Soutar and Michael Clemente in 2020.

“It’s great to be back with Wall Racing and in the Honda for this season,” said Martin. “We had some success last year, and some bad luck, and if we can eliminate the bad stuff, then we should be in a good position.

“If you look at our speed last year, we realistically should be in the top five and challenging for the title.

“The team wants that and the cars are fast and very capable of that. If we minimise some of the mistakes and misfortune, then there’s no reason why we won’t be contending.

“There’s a big field of drivers this year. Some well-known names and young guys, so I can certainly see the series being even bigger than last year.”

Hong Kong racer Paul Ip Kung Ching will also join the team for a full season. Ip has previously raced for his own KCMG team in TCR Malaysia, TCR Japan and TCR Europe in 2019, whilst hew has also competed in TCR endurance events in the Japanese Super Taikyu series.

Ip has also been confirmed for the TCR Asia Pacific Cup at the Formula 1-supporting event at the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit, alongside German René Münnich, who will race D’Alberto’s car in the non-championship event.

David Wall, Owner of Wall Racing, says the team is aiming for the overall title in 2020 with its full-season line-up of three cars, having run three Civics only in selected events in 2019.

“It’s great to have our three drivers for the season locked in and ready to go,” said Wall.

“We felt we had a successful first season. We started with two cars, we now have three in the team full-time and we also supply parts and support from the two private Honda teams.

“It is obviously our aim to win the title this year. We finished second in 2019, and the competition is stepping up, but it’s great that two of our drivers have been retained. We know both Tony and John are capable of getting the job done.

“I’ve been watching Paul’s racing over the past few season, and he does lots of miles in Asia and has been around motorsport for a long time.

“He did a good job in TCR [Malaysia]. He is a welcome addition to the team and will be a good shot within the Pro-Am ranks.

“With JAS, it’s great to have their ongoing support. At certain events, they’ll bring technicians out to Australia, like they did last year, which is an invaluable asset. We are very pleased to have them in our fold.”