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Bargwanna to tackle Portimao, Spa

BEN Bargwanna will test himself on the world stage this year, adding two European events to his TCR program.

The son of Bathurst 1000 winner Jason Bargwanna has confirmed he’ll contest all seven TCR Australia rounds, two of which will double as stops on the all-new World Tour.

He’ll also race at Portimao (April 28-30) and Spa-Francorchamps (May 26-28), making for four appearances on the 2023 world calendar.

Those overseas outings will come aboard a Team Clairet Sport Peugeot 308 – the same model of car which he drives Down Under in his Garry Rogers Motorsport-affiliated entry.

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“A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to make this happen, and I cannot thank Burson Auto Parts enough for the chance to represent them on the world stage, as well as fight for the TCR Australia title,” said Bargwanna Jr.

“When the World Tour format become public, and there was a hint of an opportunity to compete, it was something I was wanted to be a part of.

“For it now to become a reality has made me feel a foot taller with pride and excitement.

“The thought that I will represent Australia at a World Championship level and to be able to have crack at Algarve and Spa is mind blowing. I can’t wait to attack Eau Rouge, let me at it.

Ben Bargwanna with his Peugeot. Pic: Supplied

“It’s fair to say my simulator will get a workout this year in preparation for the two starts in Europe.

“Our main goal is to win the Australian title, but I am sure my three other GRM Peugeot teammates will start the year with the same objective.

“I look forward to making the Peugeots one, two, three and four in the championship, and building a strong campaign and delivering the result the team deserves.”

Bargwanna Sr, who is team principal for the #71 entry, added: “Ben has come of age in the last couple of seasons, and as we start the 2023 season with our eyes firmly set on the championship victory.

“His track record is compiled with pole positions, podiums and race wins, so now it’s about putting that all together to compete for the championship.

“The new World Tour format has made it possible, and within reach for Ben to sample the world’s best TCR drivers and teams prior to the two Australian rounds of the World Tour where we want to be right at the front of the field in our backyard.

“It’s going to be a bit of a wow moment for Ben competing at Portimao and Spa, and both Deb (Ben’s mother) and I are extremely proud, and yet I am seriously jealous at the same time!”

The other three GRM Peugeots will be driven by Aaron Cameron, Jordan Cox and Kody Garland.

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