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Australian Manufacturers’ Championship rebooted

THE historic Australian Manufacturers’ Championship prize will return this year, attached to the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series.

Holden, Ford, BMW, Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai are among the brands to have won the title since it was introduced in 1971.

The gong last went to BMW, in 2015, when it was awarded to the winning manufacturer in the Australian Production Cars Series.

Its return will add a new dimension to TCR Australia, which last year had regular representation from six different marques: Hyundai, Peugeot, Honda, Audi, Cupra and Lynk & Co.

Points will be awarded to the first, second and third highest-placed manufacturers in each race of the 2024 TCR Australia Series.

The leading manufacturer will collect five points, with three and one points allocated to the second and third-best brands.

Manufacturers will only be allowed to record points from one car (i.e. their leading finisher).

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“The Australian Manufacturers’ Championship has a strong history in Australian motorsport and we are thrilled to reintroduce it to the TCR Australia Series in 2024,” said Michael Smith of Motorsport Australia.

“There is a wide range of engaged manufacturers in TCR with hotly contested racing every round, so adding this further incentive for manufacturers to compete for another piece of silverware is certainly an exciting addition to the category and the Shannons SpeedSeries.”

TCR will feature at the opening Shannons SpeedSeries event of the year, next weekend at Sandown (February 9-11).

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