Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Panel-to-Panel Touring Car Racing to Fire Up Qld Raceway

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Panel-to-Panel Touring Car Racing to Fire Up Qld Raceway

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MOTORSPORT: Queensland Raceway fans will get their first taste of a new breed of touring cars during the Shannons Nationals event this weekend.

TCR Australia will make its debut at the 3.1km venue, bringing an exciting brand of touring car warfare to the so-named Paperclip.

Based on the international regulations, TCR is for under two litre turbo-charged touring cars, where the likes of Audi, Alfa Romeo, Honda, Hyundai, Renault, Volkswagen and Subaru will go head-to-head in panel-to-panel racing.

The drivers include Gold Coaster Russell Ingall, in a Castrol-backed Audi RS 3.

Ingall made his TCR Australia debut in the last round at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia, scoring with a pair of sixth place finishes.

The 2005 Supercars champion is keen to push further towards the front of the field at a circuit that he knows well.

"It was pretty challenging -- learning the car, circuit and the lot, but by the end, I was starting get my eye in,'' Ingall said of The Bend.

"Unfortunately, the event was over just as I was getting into it, so having a second stab at a track that I know really well is going to be awesome.

"I'm hoping a lot of our fan base will come out and get to meet us and see what TCR is all about."

Despite his experience, Ingall will find it tough to get on top of TCR Australia Series leader Will Brown.

The Hyundai i30 N driver has been the class of the field, currently leading the series ahead of Renault Megane driver James Moffat.

Brown and Moffat will be challenged by other drivers including Honda Civic stars Tony D'Alberto and John Martin, the Alfa Romeos of Dylan O'Keeffe and Jordan Cox, the VW Golf of former Bathurst 1000 winner Jason Bright and the Holden Astra of Kelly Racing's Supercars drivers Andre Heimgartner and Alex Rullo.

Foreigner Jean Karl Vernay is making a one-off guest appearance driving a new Audi RS 3 alongside veteran Ingall. …

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