MPC hopes to assault 2023 with upgraded Audi’s and Supercars star | Jobi Cool


By Thomas Miles

The Melbourne Efficiency Heart will sort out the 2023 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Collection with three upgraded Audi’s.

Audi’s official buyer help group has expanded to a few new Audi RS 3s and hopes that one among them can have Erebus Motorsport Supercars driver Will Brown behind the wheel.

MPC is presently negotiating with potential sponsors to lock up Brown for 2023, with a contract extension anticipated to be signed “shortly”.

Along with profitable the inaugural TCR Australia Collection, Brown is simply wanting one other productive 2022 season, ending runner-up to Tony D’Alberto by 9 factors.

The group, which gained the title in 2021 with Chaz Mostert, is planning to move on the one-time Supercars race winner to the brand new for 2022 RS 3 that Jay Hanson ran within the collection final 12 months with nice success.

Jay Hanson led the TCR Australia discipline within the opening sequence of corners at Simmons Plains in final 12 months’s upgraded Audi.

The brand new automotive proved to carry loads of tempo with Hanson scoring wins at Queensland Raceway, Sydney Motorsport Park and Phillip Island, together with three pole positions on his method to tenth within the championship the place incidents proved expensive.

MPC can also be on the lookout for two different drivers, together with the automotive pushed by Brown in 2022 and its spare chassis, which was final pushed by Michael Clemente on the Bathurst Worldwide.

Privateer Iain McDougall, who runs his RS 3 automotive from MPC’s Japanese Melbourne facility is dedicated to a second season.

Will Brown celebrates profitable the 2019 TCR Australia title. Photograph: Daniel Kalisz Photographer

MPC director Troy Russell mentioned he would like to see Brown struggle on the entrance and lead what is predicted to be a “aggressive” three-car group.

“We’re completely assured that we’ll have a aggressive line-up for the 2023 TCR Australia season,” he mentioned.

“We nonetheless have some parts to lock in, and there are a while pressures, however the curiosity has been constructive.

“Locking Will (Brown) 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 automotive, 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 how good his Audi is, ending second within the title. That chassis additionally gained the 2021 collection. We suspect the chassis would be the most profitable we have had right here in Australia.”

The 2023 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Collection kicks off with the Race Tasmania occasion on February 24-26.

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