TCR Australia opens tyre tender process

The promoters of the new TCR Australia series have announced a tender process to decide who will supply tyres for the inaugural season of competition.

The series is set to launch in 2019, with the decision to seek formal tenders for the supply of control tyres following ‘overwhelming demand’ from six different brands.

Yokohama, Hankook and Michelin are amongst those companies that are currently involved in supplying tyres for TCR competition around the world.

“The interest in TCR Australia has been quite high and very encouraging from a range of different markets – from driver and team enquiry to events and potential category supporters,” Matt Braid, Director of series promoters Australian Racing Group, said. “This has been no different in the tyre world. As soon as we announced, we had no less than six companies approach us with their interest in the global touring car class.

“We’ve decided to go to tender to get a complete picture from the respective brands to see what really is on offer and see what styles of partnership we can form in our first year and beyond.

“Of course, the commercial side of the deal will be paramount. We want the best outcome for all of the competitors and teams, but we are also very interested in the tyre and its specifications. A whole range of factors will come into play for this.

“I’m really excited to assess the interested supplier’s tenders and look forward to building a strong, lasting partnership.”

The tender will close at the end of August.