Ash Seward Motorsport to give Lynk & Co Australian debut

Ash Seward Motorsport has announced that it will become the first team to run the Lynk & Co 03 TCR in the TCR Australia series.

The team has spent recent seasons campaigning the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR, but new driver Tom Oliphant will switch into the Lynk & Co from the second round of the year at Phillip Island in May.

ASM will benefit from support from Geely Group Motorsport, the company responsible for building the car that has won seven World Titles, with the chassis being one of those previously used by the Cyan Racing team in the World Touring Car Cup.

Cyan Racing will switch to the latest version of the car for its TCR World Tour programme this year.

“We are proud to announce a significant new partnership with Geely Group Motorsport which will see Lynk & Co 03 TCR model represented in TCR Australia with our team,” team boss Ash Seward said.

“We have been working with Geely Group Motorsport for some time on this project and they have been great to deal with throughout. We believe Lynk & Co offers the best TCR customer programme in the world, and have no doubt we can add to the success the brand has had in the highest levels of TCR globally.

“We feel that Lynk & Co, with our new driver Tom Oliphant and our valued sponsor Autoglym, will be a formidable combination and we can’t wait to get the car to Australia and out on track.”

Oliphant – who scored a best finish of fourth during the opening rounds of the season at Symmons Plains in the Alfa Romeo – said he was excited at the prospect of moving into the new car.

“I’m ecstatic to be getting the opportunity to race the Lynk & Co 03 TCR,” he said. “The car has had phenomenal success around the world in recent years, so to be able to drive the first one coming to Australia is very exciting.

“It’s clear what the car is capable of, so with the benefit of direct support from Geely Group Motorsport, I’m confident that myself and Autoglym Team ASM can enjoy a successful season with the Lynk & Co.”