WSC Group, the global owner and promoter of the TCR concept, and Motorsport Australia have announced a five-year extension of the TCR rights in Australia.
The original deal was signed in 2018 and had been due to expire at the end of 2023. However, the renewal has been secured early due to the eagerness from Motorsport Australia to secure the category’s long-term future with WSC.
TCR Australia’s inaugural season took place in 2019, and although the 202 season was ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has since successfully staged its second and this year half of its third season thus far.
Motorsport Australia is the rights holder for the category in Australia, whilst the Australian Racing Group (ARG) holds a separate Commercial Rights Agreement with Motorsport Australia to promote the category in the country.
“It’s with great pleasure that we have extended the agreement with Motorsport Australia for a further five years,” said WSC CEO Marcello Lotti.
“Ever since it started back in 2019, TCR Australia has showed its great potential, and the championship has not stopped growing since then.
“Now TCR Australia has become one of the most competitive TCR series around the globe and one of the most attractive championships for Australian teams and fans alike.
“We are confident that the championship will benefit from this five-year extension to grow even further in the coming seasons.”
Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca praised both WSC and ARG for their part in the success of TCR Australia to-date.
“We are very proud of our relationship with Marcello and the entire WSC team and thrilled to have secured the long-term future of TCR in Australia,” added Arocca.
“There is plenty to like about the category and its close racing, along with the ongoing development of these cars and any new models that will begin racing across the globe.
“We are excited to see TCR continue to evolve and grow across the world and look forward to being part of that future success in the years ahead.
“This extension also validates that ARG is doing a terrific job as the current category manager of TCR.
“Matt Braid, along with everyone at ARG, should be applauded for the category’s initial success, particularly with the way they have navigated the pandemic, which has impacted the events in recent years.”