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Josh Buchan switches back to Elantra for The Bend

Josh Buchan will return to Hyundai Elantra TCR that carried him to last year’s title when the TCR Australia Series resumes at The Bend.

The HMO Customer Racing driver was forced to switch into an older-specification Hyundai i30 N after a technical issue in pre-season testing that has only now been rectified.

Whilst Buchan will be reunited with the Elantra, the car he has been racing will now be driven by Tom Oliphant.

With both drivers swapping cars – and therefore engines – they will take a five place grid penalty.

“It’s exciting to be back behind the wheel of the Hyundai i30 Sedan N TCR,” Buchan said.

“I obviously have a great affinity for this car, and there’s a sticker on the dash in front of me reminding of the championship victory that I’ll be happy to see again.

“The penalty does put us behind the eight-ball a little from the start, but The Bend is a good racetrack with plenty of overtaking opportunities so I’m confident we’ll be competitive this weekend.”