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    Default TCR Racing 2020 thread.

    Calendar for 2020 TCR announced.
    Opening round at the F1 GP event, support races at the Bathurst 6 hr, and more.

    https://www.tcraustralia.com/tcr-asi...alia-calendar/

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    2020 TCR Australian Series calendar
    TCR Asia Pacific Cup: Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, 12-15 March
    Round 1: Sydney Motorsport Park, 27-29 March
    Round 2: Bathurst 6 Hour, 10-12 April
    Round 3: Winton, 1-3 May
    Round 4: The Bend Motorsport Park, 12-14 June
    Round 5: TBC, 3-5 July
    Round 6: Phillip Island, 21-23 August*
    Round 7: Sandown, 11-13 September
    New Bathurst event: Mount Panorama, Bathurst, Date TBC
    *Subject to finalisation of commercial agreements with circuit


    Should be a good year with maybe 25 cars, and who knows how many will come to the F1 meetimg from overseas?

    Cheers.
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    I see there is no Tassie round
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    I see there is no Tassie round
    Nor WA, haha. I can understand this, they are running again as part of Shannons Nationals, a relatively low cost series, and transport costs would be prohibitive for these guys. (More so for WA than Tassie).

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    Who says Renault aren't promoting the product in Australia. At least they are backing the Meganes heavily in TCR racing, and involvement is increasing for 2020, starting with the Melbourne F1 GP in March.
    And with free-to-air coverage on Ch 7 in 2020, there is plenty of coverage to be had.
    Also Garry Rogers Motorsport has partnered with the Swiss builder of the Megane TCR to carry out more development in Australia, with a new and upgraded car coming.

    A couple of articles here:

    TCR Australia on Facebook: Can James Moffat & Renault Sport GRM be a genuine threat in 2020 TCR Australia?
    https://www.facebook.com/GarryRogers...kzNjI5NTg4MTA/

    And from Renault Australia website news:
    https://www.renault.com.au/news/post...stralia-series


    (Posted in both Renault and Motorsport forums on AF).

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    Another Frenchman is coming out to pilot a Peugeot 308 TCR in the Asia Pacific Cup round at the Formula One opener at Albert Park in March.
    Julien Briche who came second the TCR Europe competition in 2019 driving for Peugeot Sport will bring a number of engineers from the squad for the round.
    He will race the Garry Rogers Motorsport 308 TCR driven by Aurelien Comte at the Bend last year.
    Jason Bargwanna will drive the other 308.

    There is a free entry practice day at Winton on Wed 26th Feb for anyone interested. Approx 30 cars are expected.
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    Just announced that Aaron Cameron will drive a third 308 TCR this year in both the opening Asia Pacific Round and the full season with GRM.
    Cameron 20, finished third in the Championship last year driving a Golf GTI where he took one win and five podiums.
    Great to see at least 5, possibly 6 French cars competing this year.
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    Agreed. Should be a good year if racing! Looking forward to watching the 308s in action.
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    Worth noting that TCR Australia have decided to use Michelin tyres as the brand of choice. Most other countries have chosen Yokohama's Advan. With the invitational international drivers yet to deal with the differences, it should give our local drivers an early advantage. However Nestor Girolami showed his class and came to terms early with the Michelins at Sandown last year with a 3 out of 3 clean sweep.
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    I did the trip up to Winton yesterday to check out the TCR cars prior to their first non points outing at the F1 GP next month.
    Naturally the French cars were of particular interest.
    Aaron Cameron & Jason Bargwanna were there to test the 2 new 308's and James Moffatt and Dylan O'keeffe the two Renault Meganes.
    Apparently GRM have been working closely with Vukovic Motorsport who build the Megane TCR cars and getting suggested changes homologated for them.
    Spent time talking to one of GRM's 308 mechanics about both the cars. He was really impressed by Peugeot Sport's build quality of the 308.
    It was a great day and the lap times close. The top 11 cars were separated by 6/10's second.
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    Lap times- Sandown 1 27.9
    Phillip Island 1 53.8

    Previous Frenchies-
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    With an approx 28 car grid for next week's AGP meeting, here are a few recent TCR video clips to get the wheels turning:


    Burson sponsored Peugeot:
    https://www.facebook.com/TCRAustrali...5MTM1OTgxMzk2/

    2020 Renault Megane intro:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELIB0nkpPBs
    and
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bmXE0rhjvw

    Jason Bargwanna and Peugeot 308:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm3P0IDJcMs

    2020 TCR calendar with 2019 review clips:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFthyqFKCbA


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    TCR Australia Schedule F1 GP

    Thursday
    Prac 1. 11:25am-11:45am
    Prac 2. 2:15pm-2:45pm
    Qual. 4:50pm-5:10pm
    Friday
    Race 1. 9:40am-10:00am
    Saturday
    Race 2. 11:25am-11:45am
    Sunday
    Race 3. 10:40am-11:00am
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    Lap times- Sandown 1 27.9
    Phillip Island 1 53.8

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    1998 306 GTi6
    1997 306 N5 sedan
    1996 306 N3 XT hatch
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    1972 Renault 4 Guernsey, Channel Islands

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgti6 View Post
    TCR Australia Schedule F1 GP

    Thursday
    Prac 1. 11:25am-11:45am
    Prac 2. 2:15pm-2:45pm
    Qual. 4:50pm-5:10pm
    Friday
    Race 1. 9:40am-10:00am
    Saturday
    Race 2. 11:25am-11:45am
    Sunday
    Race 3. 10:40am-11:00am
    TV Schedule (My interpretation, TCR and S5000)

    Thursday
    Nil coverage TCR or S5000.

    Friday (Fox, Kayo, Ch10 Bold)
    S5000 Race 1 10.50-11.15

    Saturday (Fox, Kayo, Ch10, Ch10HD)
    TCR Race 2 11.25-11.45

    Sunday (Fox, Kayo, Ch10, Ch10HD)
    TCR Race 3 10.40-11.00
    S5000 Race 3 11.40-12.00

    (Melb local times)

    Of course also all F1, Carrera Cup and Supercars Practice, Qual, Races also on above channels, from Thursday.

    Whether they show some of the other TCR and F5000 during their Trackside chats remains to be seen.

    Better than nothing, and after all the GP is the main event. Plenty of TV time for me, maybe too much?

    Cheers.

    Edit: BTW, the TCR grid is final at 22 cars, some of the teams have pulled out, but still the biggest field yet, with plenty of Renault Meganes and Peugeots.
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