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99motorsport team owner Marcus LaDelle joins TCR Australia season opener grid

99motorsport team owner Marcus LaDelle will drive his team’s Audi RS 3 LMS in the 2024 TCR Australia season opener at Sandown.

“While I originally had the humble approach of putting a driver in the car, I can’t resist the challenge of steering this very fast Euro, and I love the Sandown circuit,” said LaDelle.

“Our ultimate plan is to enter two Audis RS 3s in the series and we are holding a Rookie Evaluation Day on January 24 at SMSP to assess up to four great candidates for the second car.

“While it wasn’t our initial plan for me to drive the car, with the time of year etc, it seems smart to commit to this and work on the driver for the second car.”

LaDelle has previously raced in the Australian Toyota 86 and Mazda RX8 championships.

The team has bought a second Audi, the one Chaz Mostert claimed the 2021 TCR Australia title with, which it hopes to enter later during the season.

“I can’t wait to get in the car in a few weeks, then pack it and send it to Sandown. It’s going to be a massive learning curve, even with my experience,” said LaDelle.

“I haven’t driven a front-wheel drive race car since a Honda Integra in the old GTP days in 2001. Goals are hard at this stage, but I believe with the car’s pedigree and MPC’s support, a top ten is achievable and reasonable.”