MELBOURNE Efficiency Heart plans to maneuver Will Brown to an upgraded Audi mannequin to steer its 2023 TCR Australia tilt.
The Troy Russell-led staff, which received the recent hatch sequence in 2021 with Chaz Mostert, has confirmed its intention to run as much as three vehicles this season.
One in every of that trio is the new-for-2022 RS 3 that Jay Hanson campaigned final yr.
The newer-spec Audi proved a rocketship, claiming three pole positions and a further front-row begin, though an incident-filled season left Hanson tenth within the remaining standings.
With Hanson anticipated to give attention to Super2 this season, MPC is chasing sponsors to make sure 2019 TCR champion Brown steps into its high automobile.
Brown, in an older-spec MPC Audi, was final yr a slim runner-up to Honda’s Tony D’Alberto.
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“We’re very assured that we are going to have a aggressive line-up for the 2023 TCR Australia season,” mentioned MPC director Russell.
“We nonetheless have some components to lock in, and there are a while pressures, however the curiosity has been optimistic.
“Locking Will into the new-specification RS 3 is a precedence, and we hope to make a agency announcement on that shortly.
“Jay Hanson has confirmed the capabilities of that automobile, and with Will’s added expertise, we really feel it is going to be a title contender.
“Not that the opposite two vehicles lacked velocity, although. Will confirmed simply how good his Audi is, ending second within the title.
“That chassis additionally received the 2021 sequence. We suspect the chassis is probably the most profitable we have had right here in Australia.”
The third MPC automobile was final pushed by Michael Clemente, who is about to hitch forces with Cupra this season.
One other privateer in Iain McDougall has confirmed he’ll return in 2023.
McDougall contested six of the seven rounds final yr in an MPC-backed Audi.
The ultimate 2023 TCR Australia calendar is but to be introduced, though its start line is the AWC Race Tasmania at Symmons Plains on February 24-26.