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TCR Aus reveals record grid as Peugeot breaks cover

Tom Howard

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Thursday 14th November, 2019 - 5:13pm

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Aurelien Comte behind the wheel of the DG Sport Peugeot 308

TCR Australia has confirmed a record 21 car grid for its season finale at The Bend Motorsport Park this weekend.

Organisers have today confirmed Victorian state-based driver Iain McDougall as its latest addition to the entry list that will see 10 marques represented on the grid.

McDougall is set to make his national circuit racing debut, driving the #3 Audi RS 3 LMS for the Melbourne Performance Centre squad that was previously raced by Garth and Leanne Tander.

The 28 year-old has spent his racing career in production cars and sports sedans, driving a former Mini Challenge car in the past two seasons.

McDougall will step up to TCR Australia having tested one of the MPC Audis two months ago during the category’s evaluation day at Winton, and is using this weekend’s event as a potential launch pad to a full program in 2020.

“We had a really good day at the evaluation day and I can’t wait to get on track at The Bend,” said McDougall.

“I’ve spent the last few years racing the ex-Mini Challenge cars. They are front wheel drive and it has prepared me extremely well for the TCR Australia cars.

“I felt comfortable at the test, so it was good to have that under my belt before this weekend, but we just want to get a feel for it and demonstrate that we can be competitive.

“We would like to do a full season next year, but we’ll just get through this weekend and see how we fair.”

This weekend will see two new marques join the grid with Peugeot represented by Belgian squad DG Sport, which will field former WTCR driver Aurelien Comte, while Garage1 will enter a Cupra for Tim Brook.

DG Sport and Frenchman Comte hit the South Australian track today for a special 10-lap shakedown in the Peugeot 308, sporting factory inspired colours.

The Peugeot entry into TCR Australia has been facilitated by Garry Rogers Motorsport, which also runs a pair of Renault Meganes and an Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

The TCR Australia season finale begins on Friday with two practice sessions.

All three races will be shown live on SBS and via the Shannons Nationals live stream carried by Speedcafe.com.

TCR Australia Round 7 Entry List

Car # Team Driver State Manufacturer Model CC
2 Melbourne Performance Centre Aaron Cameron VIC Volkswagen Golf GTI 1984
3 Melbourne Performance Centre Iain McDougall VIC Audi RS 3 1984
7 Garry Rogers Motorsport Jordan Cox NSW Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce 1750
8 Taskforce/Melbourne Performance Centre Jason Bright VIC Volkswagen Golf GTI 1984
9 Ashley Seward Motorsport Dylan O’Keeffe VIC Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce 1750
10 Ashley Seward Motorsport James Allen VIC Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce 1750
11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom NSW Hyundai I30N 1999
19 Milldun Motorsport Matthew Simmons QLD Subaru WRX STI 1994
24 Wall Racing John Martin NSW Honda Civic Type R 1998
27 Milldun Motorsport Barton Mawer NSW Subaru WRX STI 1994
30 HMO Customer Racing Will Brown QLD Hyundai I30N 1999
33 Garry Rogers Motorsport Chris Pither NZ Renault Megane RS 1800
34 Garry Rogers Motorsport James Moffat VIC Renault Megane RS 1800
35 Melbourne Performance Centre Alexandra Whitley QLD Volkswagen Golf GTI 1984
37 Kelly Racing Chelsea Angelo VIC Holden Astra 1998
50 Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto VIC Honda Civic Type R 1998
64 Garage 1 Tim Brook NSW Cupra SEAT León 300 1984
97 Melbourne Performance Centre Liam McAdam QLD Audi RS 3 1984
100 Melbourne Performance Centre Russell Ingall QLD Audi RS 3 1984
308 DG Sport Aurélien Comte FRA Peugeot 308 TCR 1598
777 Kelly Racing Andre Heimgartner NZ Holden Astra 1998

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