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Jordan Cox secures 2020 seat with Garry Rogers Motorsport

Jordan Cox will return to the TCR Australia Series for the full 2020 season after signing up to extend his stay with Garry Rogers Motorsport.

Cox, who made his debut in the series in round three of the 2019 campaign at the Bend in a Wall Racing Honda, joined GRM for the final four rounds of the TCR Australia’s inaugural season and secured a pair of podium finishes at the wheel of his Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce.

The youngster will now hope to build on the promising pace he displayed during his part season in a full year in the series, with his ultimate goal being to challenge for the title.

“I certainly learnt about my strengths and weaknesses in TCR [last season],” he said. “We did some good things as the season went on and learnt a lot about myself. Qualifying was the biggest weakness, I found. Getting the most out of one lap proved difficult, but I’ve had a good look at that over the break and I’m confident that we can improve.

“There’s still a lot to learn at this level, but the biggest advantage is that I have five rounds of experience under my belt. It means that I can hit the ground running. The pressure will be on, no doubt, but you can’t make it a bigger deal than it is. Championships are won one race at a time, so that’s where the focus is.

“The main priority is the championship. I would love to do the Grand Prix, but it’s just a budget constraint for that event. It would have been great thing to do. I can’t thank the team enough for the opportunity. Also the people who have helped get me there. I can’t wait to get into the season.”

Team boss Garry Rogers said he was pleased to re-sign Cox for 2020.

“Jordan was a good addition to our team last year and we are pleased to have him in for a full series campaign in 2020,” he said. “He’ll get to do some pre-season testing, a full championship and we really believe that he has the talent to be up there amongst it.

“His mechanical aptitude is one of the best that I’ve seen in a driver. He is very hands on and always busy.

“The big thing in his favour is that he runs his own business, so he really has that ‘effort in, reward out’ mentality. There’s no doubt he has the driving skill, but he also realises that being a great race driver doesn’t guarantee you a chance to have a long-term future.”