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Bathurst debut for Hyundai sedan TCR

TCR Australia race winner Josh Buchan will have a new car for the Bathurst season finale, with the Hyundai i30 Sedan N TCR to make its debut Down Under.

HMO Customer Racing took delivery of the four-door model last week and headed to Winton Motor Raceway today for a shakedown.

Both Buchan and teammate Nathan Morcom hopped in for a steer of the car, six weeks out from the Bathurst International.

“It’s very exciting that new cars are being introduced to the category, which shows the growth of the championship and its relevance to manufacturers such as Hyundai,” said Buchan, who is fourth in the 2022 standings.

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“I’ve never driven a brand-new anything before – from go-karts and throughout my car racing career – so to be given this opportunity is very special.

“On top of that, to learn that I will then be driving the i30 Sedan N TCR for the first time in competition at Bathurst is phenomenal and a genuine privilege.

“It’s a real honour to have the support to make this happen from all the team at HMO Customer Racing, including team owner Barry Morcom and my chief engineer Rob Benson, and also Hyundai Australia.

Josh Buchan with his new car

“While it is not ideal that I will be heading to Bathurst with very few laps under my belt, we have already proven how successful the i30 N TCR already is in hatchback form with multiple wins and are confident the i30 Sedan N TCR will be just as competitive, particularly at Bathurst.

“In any case, it is be great to get a better understanding of the car ahead of next year so we can get a head start and hit the ground running for a full title tilt in 2023.”

Morcom also spoke highly of the new car, which is a change from the hatchback incumbent.

“It is be great to jump into the later generation TCR car to experience the differences between the two models and get a better understanding of how it performs,” said Morcom.

“We know the i30 N is such a great car out of the box, and we have plenty of reference data at Winton Raceway with the hatch, so I can’t wait to see what the i30 Sedan N TCR can do.

“The car looks amazing in person, and the controls – especially on the steering wheel – are even more advanced, so it will be beneficial to get a good systems check and shake down all the new components ahead of Bathurst.”

Tony D’Alberto sits 56 points clear atop the TCR Australia standings, with Jordan Cox and 2019 title winner Will Brown his nearest rivals entering the decider.

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