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Cameron completes maiden TCR Australia grid

Tom Howard

Thursday 16th May, 2019 - 6:00am

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Aaron Cameron with the MPC Golf GTI

Former SuperUtes driver Aaron Cameron will complete the grid for the inaugural TCR Australia Series having secured a deal to drive for Melbourne Performance Centre.

Cameron will pilot the squad’s Volkswagen Golf GTI in the new touring category’s maiden round at Sydney Motorsport Park, which will see 17 cars compete this weekend.

The 19-year-old makes the switch to touring car racing having finished fifth in the ECB SuperUtes Series last year after outings in Australian GT and the Toyota 86 Racing Series.

Cameron heads to Sydney with TCR experience having driven an Audi RS3 in Creventic Series endurance races for MARC Cars Australia at Catalunya and Dubai.

He was also been enlisted to test the Melbourne Performance Centre Audi that will be driven by Dutchman Rik Breukers during last week’s TCR Australia test at Winton.

“It’s great to be confirmed for the first round of the TCR Australia Series at Sydney Motorsport Park, and as it turns out I’m the last name to be confirmed to do it so I’m really looking forward to it,” said Cameron.

“I’ve driven the cars already at the test day and at a couple of 24 Hour races overseas, and I absolutely love the front-wheel drive aspect of these cars.

“I’m only 19 years old but I have a fair bit of racing experience already. I’m the current KZ2 Karting national champion, and previously raced Super Utes and the Toyota 86 Racing Series, so a nice variety of cars I’ve driven before stepping into the TCR Australia Series.

“I’ve done two Creventic 24 Hour races with MARC Cars Australia at Barcelona and Dubai, and it was great to share the car with some skilled racers and learn off them. These cars were great to drive for 24 Hour races and I’m sure they’ll be awesome in the sprint format as well.

“My expectation for the weekend is to try and stay out of trouble, we don’t know what the racing is going to be like in a sprint format here, but if we can get into a top five or a podium position by the end of the weekend that would be great.”

Matt Braid, director of TCR Australia promoters Australian Racing Group, added: “It is fantastic to see 17 cars ready and revved up for the opening round of TCR Australia.

“I’ve had a lot of experience with putting together big motoring and motorsport programs, but this is the most satisfying, especially seeing the Australian racing public embrace this new class with such enthusiasm.

“We have a great array of cars. Eight different brands, some serious teams and real talented drivers. This is a new style of touring car racing for Australia, but it’s one that no one is going to want to miss.”

All seven rounds of the TCR Australia Series will be broadcast live on SBS and via the series’ live streaming service.       

Entry list: Round 1, Sydney Motorsport Park

Num Team Make Driver
2 Melbourne Performance Centre Volkswagen Aaron Cameron
22 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi Rik Breukers (Round 1 only)
6 Kelly Racing Subaru Molly Taylor
37 Kelly Racing Holden (formerly Opel) Chelsea Angelo
62 Kelly Racing Holden (formerly Opel) Alex Rullo
777 Kelly Racing Subaru Andre Heimgartner
7 Garry Rogers Motorsport Alfa Romeo Jimmy Vernon
33 Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault Chris Pither
34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault James Moffat
8 Alliance Autosport Volkswagen Jason Bright
35 Alliance Autosport Volkswagen Alexandra Whitley
9 Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo Dylan O’Keeffe
11 HMO Customer Racing Hyundai Nathan Morcom
30 HMO Customer Racing Hyundai Will Brown
24 Wall Racing Honda John Martin
50 Wall Racing Honda Tony D’Alberto
29 Garth Walden Racing Australia Hyundai Michael Almond (Round 1 only)

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