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Bathurst 1000 regular signed for Lynk & Co seat

ASHLEY Seward Motorsport has turned to Dylan O’Keeffe to fill the Lynk & Co TCR seat vacated by Tom Oliphant.

Oliphant had been expected to continue with ASM for the 2024 TCR Australia Series before being announced as Bailey Sweeny’s replacement at Hyundai-aligned HMO Customer Racing.

That’s led ASM back to a proven partnership, O’Keeffe having taken four race wins for the team in the inaugural 2019 season, not to mention them having history in Porsche Carrera Cup and Sprint Challenge.

A four-time Bathurst 1000 starter, O’Keeffe is the last driver confirmed for the 15-car field at this weekend’s Sandown opener.

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After a year away from TCR, the 26-year-old is looking forward to racing the Lynk & Co – the fourth different manufacturer he has represented in the category (following Alfa Romeo, Renault and Peugeot).

“The Lynk & Co is the best TCR car that I’ve driven so far, it is extremely responsive, and you have a lot at your disposal to tune the car exactly how you need it,” said O’Keeffe, who is on a one-round deal for now.

Dylan O’Keeffe. Pic: Supplied

“TCR has been an extremely enjoyable category for me to compete in over the years. The level of competition is right up there, and the field is full of talented drivers and teams.

“To be back with Ash is great, we’ve achieved a lot throughout my career.

“That 2019 season in TCR was a lot of fun, and every time I’ve gone racing for Ash he’s delivered an exceptional car. His preparation is second to none, and there’s no doubt the Lynk & Co will be in top shape when it rolls out for the weekend.

“I’ve enjoyed a fair amount of success at Sandown in the past, so I can’t wait to get going this weekend.”

O’Keeffe’s appointment doubles as confirmation that 2023 title contender Sweeny will miss at least Round 1.

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