Promoters of the new TCR World Tour have confirmed that Bathurst is part of the new global series.
The TCR World Tour will start its inaugural season in 2023, replacing the World Touring Car Cup (WTCR).
WSC Group President Marcello Lotti, who leads TCR worldwide, will be attending this year’s Bathurst International, which concludes at Mount Panorama.
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There, Lotti confirmed the famous track and another yet to be announced Australian venue will be part of the TCR World Tour.
The Italian revealed that a minimum of 16 international entries will compete against the Australian home contingent.
In addition to the Down Under events, the nine-lap TCR World Tour will feature four events in Europe, two in North America and one in Asia.
Belgium-based Audi team Comtoyou Racing has already committed to the global series.
“When planning the TCR World Tour, it was a natural decision for us to include the TCR Australia Series and the Bathurst International,” said Lotti.
“As soon as I arrived at Mount Panorama this weekend, I realized why this track is considered one of the best in the world and why all international drivers want to race here.
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“I’ve been on the track for a lap. It’s unbelievable and for me it was clear that we made the right decision to confirm that the TCR World Tour will race here next year and beyond.
“When the TCR World Tour comes to Bathurst, the dreams of many of the world’s best TCR drivers will come true.
“And the fans will be the winners too, when they see a truly international field of cars racing against the very strong TCR Australia Series teams.”
It is the first time since the late 1990s that international front-wheel drive touring cars have participated en masse at Mount Panorama.
1997 and 1998 saw the Bathurst 1000 2.0-litre touring cars hit the famous track, including the Formula 1 team Williams.
“This is an incredible endorsement for the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, with the new TCR World Tour as part of next year’s season,” said Liam Curkpatrick, COO of Australian Racing Group.
“We haven’t seen an international field of touring cars compete at Mount Panorama in 25 years, so it will really put Bathurst back on the map.
“There is no better place to host TCR World Tour, and we look forward to confirming the details of the second event, which will only add to the value for our TCR Australia participants.”
The TCR Australia Series closes the season at the SpeedSeries season-ending Bathurst International with three races.
The opening race of the weekend will start on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The second and third race will start on Sunday at 9.25am and 3.50pm respectively.
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