Bargwanna to race TCR in Europe

The son of Bathurst 1000 winner Jason Bargwanna has locked in an intercontinental programme that take within the entirety of the TCR Australia season and a complete of 4 TCR World Tour rounds.

Two of these rounds will occur as a part of the seven-round TCR Australia season, with the Bathurst Worldwide, and both the Sandown or Sydney Motorsport Park spherical, to be a part of the WTCR substitute.


Along with that Bargwanna will participate within the World Tour rounds on the Algarve circuit in Portugal (April 28-30) and at Spa-Francorchamps (Might 26-28).

In Australia he’ll proceed to race a Peugeot 308 run by Garry Rogers Motorsport, whereas for the European occasions he’ll race a Peugeot run by Group Clairet Sport.

Each automobiles will probably be backed by Burson Auto Elements.

“A variety of work has gone on behind the scenes to make this occur, and I can’t thank Burson Auto Elements sufficient for the possibility to symbolize them on the world stage, as properly a struggle for the TCR Australia title,” stated Bargwanna.

“When the World Tour format grow to be public, and there was a touch of a chance to compete, it was one thing I used to be wished to be part of.

“For it now to grow to be a actuality has made me really feel a foot taller with delight and pleasure. The thought that I’ll symbolize Australia at a world championship stage and to have the ability to have crack at Algarve and Spa is thoughts blowing. I can’t wait to assault Eau Rouge – let me at it!

“It’s truthful to say my simulator will get a piece out this 12 months in preparation for the 2 begins in Europe.

“Our major aim is to win the Australian title, however I’m positive my three different GRM Peugeot teammates will begin the 12 months with the identical goal. I sit up for making the Peugeots one, two, three and 4 within the championship, and constructing a robust marketing campaign and delivering the end result the group deserves.”

The 2-pronged programme will probably be overseen by Bargwanna Sr, who’s assured that his son can struggle for the Aussie title.

“Ben has come of age within the final couple of seasons, and we begin the 2023 season with our eyes firmly set on the championship victory,” stated the previous Supercars star.

“His observe report is compiled with pole positions, podiums and race wins, so now it’s about placing that each one collectively to compete for the championship.

“The brand new World Tour format has made it doable, and inside attain for Ben, to pattern the world’s finest TCR drivers and groups previous to the 2 Australian rounds of the World Tour the place we need to be proper on the entrance of the sector in our yard.

“It’s going to be a little bit of ‘wow’ second for Ben competing at Portimao and Spa, and each [my wife] Deb and I are extraordinarily proud – and but I’m significantly jealous on the identical time!

“We’ve the arrogance in GRM and the group of nice individuals as we decide to the Peugeot for the upcoming season. We all know that the new-generation of automobiles are quick, however we imagine {that a} properly pushed and run Peugeot might be greater than a match for the newer toys out on the observe.

“Group Clairet Sport was a transparent and straightforward selection for our worldwide marketing campaign, and permits us to stick with the Peugeot model in a aggressive outfit. It’s a group we have already got a reference to after Bathurst Final 12 months when Teddy Clairet joined GRM for the Bathurst Worldwide.

“On paper, the Peugeot 308 TCR could also be a little bit outgunned on the world stage, however the expertise will probably be invaluable, and after they all come to Bathurst in November – lookout!”

The 2023 TCR Australia season kicks off at Symmons Plains on February 24-26.