Harald Proczyk joins WestCoast Racing in Austria

ADAC TCR Germany regular Harald Proczyk will replace Alain Menu at WestCoast Racing this weekend in Austria, driving a Honda Civic TCR for the Swedish team, joining Mikhail Grachev and championship protagonist Gianni Morbidelli in the three-car squad.

The Austrian will be behind the wheel at his home race this weekend at Salzburgring. An experienced driver in one-make series, the 41-years old switched to GT racing in the FIA European GT3 Championship and the Blancpain Endurance Series.

This year Proczyk is competing in the new German TCR national series, driving a SEAT León Cup Racer for HP Racing. He currently leads the championship after a win at Sachsenring last time out.

WCR team manager James Rogers said: “We are very pleased to offer Harald Proczyk the opportunity to take part in his home event at the wheel of a competitive car. We are very much looking forward to working with him, as we know he’s a fast driver. He may be a rookie in the International Series, but has already proved to be a winner in TCR Germany. It is also an opportunity for our team to showcase the performance of the Honda Civic.”

Proczyk is looking forward to his TCR International Series debut after a positive couple of outings in the ADAC TCR Germany: “I’m very excited to discover the TCR International Series that is a step upward compared to the national series. I know that the team is very professional and I am curious to find out the potential of the Honda Civic. I need to focus on driving a front-wheel driven car at the limit again, because I have just raced the Nürburgring 24 Hours in a Porsche. And on top of this I need to get used to the Michelin tyres and get my bearings on the track again, as I haven’t raced at the Salzburgring for six or seven years. But I am relaxed and I want to enjoy this experience.”

Proczyk is the sixth driver announced at WestCoast Racing after the Honda team parted ways with Aku Pellinen and Kevin Gleason after the Spa-Francorchamps round. The two were replaced by Alain Menu and Mikhail Grachev in Imola, the Russian claiming his maiden win in the second race in Italy.