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Champion team signs race-winning Brit

LEADING TCR Australia squad HMO Customer Racing has tweaked its driver line-up in preparation for a shot at back-to-back titles.

The Hyundai outfit has signed British expat Tom Oliphant to take over from Bailey Sweeny as Josh Buchan’s 2024 teammate.

Sweeny led the standings for much of last season before having to settle for third as Buchan was crowned champion.

Oliphant, a British Touring Car Championship race winner, finished eighth overall despite missing a round – with victory at Winton the highlight.

The 33-year-old had been announced on a two-year deal through 2024 with Ashley Seward Motorsport, but will now compete against the Lynk & Co squad.

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Tom Oliphant aboard the Ashley Seward Motorsport Lynk & Co last year at Phillip Island. Pic: Supplied/Daniel Kalisz

“I’m very excited to be back in the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series for 2024 and joining the reigning champions in HMO Customer Racing,” said Oliphant.

“They are a team that knows how to win and the Hyundai i30 N has proven its pace over the last few years.

“I gained lots of experience and made big steps forward in my debut season and I feel HMO will provide a great environment for me to progress further.

“I’ve already tested the car and I feel right at home, so I’m confident we can push for some strong results from the opening round.”

HMO Customer Racing team owner Barry Morcom welcomed Oliphant aboard.

Josh Buchan and Bailey Sweeny dominated last year for HMO Customer Racing. Pic: Supplied/Daniel Kalisz

“As the defending teams’ champions in the TCR Australia Championship, it is critical that HMO Customer Racing has race-winning drivers in race-winning cars, and we believe we have all the right ingredients to defend our title in 2024,” he said.

“Tom had a stellar debut last year with some outstanding results and I am confident that with Josh Buchan and Tom in our cars this year we have one of the most exciting and talented driver line-ups on the grid.”

What the future holds for Sweeny is unclear.

The young gun was known to be in consideration for a Super2 seat, but has yet to be announced anywhere – with just three weeks remaining until that season begins.

TCR Australia meanwhile kicks off at Sandown on February 9-11.

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