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Braydan Willmington confirms 2022 entry with an Alfa Romeo

Braydan Willmington will make his TCR Australia debut in 2022, driving an ex Garry Rogers Motorsport Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR with his own team Willmington Racing.

“I’m used to driving these sorts of cars, so it should be a much easier learning curve compared to the S5000,” said Willmington.

“I’ve done quite a bit of grass roots circuit racing, and almost all of that was front wheel drive. I do have a lot more knowledge of these types of cars, and dad is a lot more excited that we are going touring car racing too! Hopefully it will be easier for us because as much as we enjoyed the S5000, it was really an alien race car to us.”

Braydan Willmington is the son to former Australian touring car veteran Garry Willmington who has, among other things, taken part in 21 Bathurst 1000 races.

The previous merits of Braydan Willmington includes dirt track racing and most recently the Australian single seater series S5000.

The 23-year-old has completed a first test with his Alfa Romeo and is aiming to break into the top ten during his debut season.

“My first impressions of the TCR is that they are very cool. They have a decent amount of power, very stable and the Alfa is really nice to drive. I enjoyed the test and I can’t wait to get back in the car,” said Willmington.

“I’d like to be in the top ten at some point. Whether that’s at the start or end of the season, we’ll see. But we would like to consistently run in the top ten, be that this year or next year.

“I did enjoy the challenge of S5000. We were frustrated that we didn’t have the results, but I didn’t have the budget to risk damage. If I put it in the wall, our season was done.

“I feel like I was capable, but there was something on my mind that kept me from pushing it to the maximum with a fear from being out for the rest of the season.”