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TCR Australia reveal revised six event calendar

TCR Australia will feature a six event calendar for the 2020 season after series promoter the Australian Racing Group announced a revised schedule starting in August.

Sydney Motorsport Park will play host to the opening round of the campaign on the weekend of 15-16 August before the series heads to Sandown in September for round two.

Phillip Island will host round three at a date still to be confirmed in October, before a sprint round as part of a four-day long festival of motorsport at Bathurst that includes the re-scheduled Bathurst 6 Hours. The planned endurance event at Bathurst will now be pushed back to 2021.

The series will then take a short break before the season concludes in January with back-to-back events in Tasmania as Symmons Plains and Baskerville Raceway.

TCR Australia was caught in the centre of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, with the non-championship TCR Asia Pacific Cup event alongside the Australian Grand Prix being canned after practice had taken place.

“It’s been an unprecedented crisis and its effect on motorsport all around the world has been huge,” ARG CEO Matt Braid said. “Through it all, we are really pleased that we are able to confirm a condensed, dynamic racing schedule combining fresh new events along with racing at some of Australia’s best circuits, all to be delivered into every Australian home via our broadcast partner, the Seven Network.

“We are very pleased that Garry Rogers, with his extensive network and business relationships in Tasmania, has been instrumental in leading negotiations with local representatives to secure two new back-to-back events in Tasmania.

“This is a significant opportunity for ARG and our teams, drivers and sponsors. The roar of world class V8 powered open wheeler racing coupled with TCR and Trans Am all debuting in Tasmania at Symmons Plains and Baskerville will be a fantastic spectacle.

“We’d like to thank our categories and their teams, drivers and sponsors for their support during this trying period. I am sure it’s been both challenging and frustrating at times but I think from this has evolved a truly outstanding calendar and suite of events for 2020.”

2020/21 TCR Australia Series:

August 15-16 – Sydney Motorsport Park
September 12-13 – Sandown
October TBA – Phillip Island
November 12-15 – Bathurst
January 24-26 – Symmons Plains
January 30-31 – Baskerville