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MPC eyeing upgraded Audi for Supercars star

MELBOURNE Performance Centre is planning on shifting Will Brown into an upgraded Audi model to spearhead its 2023 TCR Australia tilt.

The Troy Russell-led team, which won the hot hatch series in 2021 via Chaz Mostert, has confirmed its intention to run as many as three cars this season.

One of that trio is the new-for-2022 RS 3 which was campaigned by Jay Hanson last year.

The newer-spec Audi proved a rocketship, claiming three pole positions and a further front-row start, although an incident-filled season left Hanson 10th in the final standings.

With Hanson expected to focus on Super2 this season, MPC is chasing sponsors to ensure 2019 TCR champion Brown can step up into its top car.

Brown, in an older-spec MPC Audi, was last year a narrow runner-up to Honda’s Tony D’Alberto.

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“We are really very confident that we are going to have a competitive line-up for the 2023 TCR Australia season,” said MPC director Russell.

Brown is a race winner in both Supercars and TCR. Pic: Australian Racing Group

“We still have a number of elements to lock away, and there are some time pressures, but interest has been positive.

“Locking away Will in the new-specification RS 3 is a priority, and we hope to be able to make a firm announcement on that shortly.

“Jay Hanson proved the capabilities of that car, and with Will’s extra experience, we feel that will be a title contender.

“Not that the other two cars are lacking for speed, though. Will showed how good his Audi was, finishing second in the title.

“That chassis also won the 2021 series. We suspect that chassis is the most successful that we have here in Australia.”

MPC’s third car was last raced by Michael Clemente, who is set to join forces with Cupra this season.

Another privateer in Iain McDougall has confirmed he’ll return in 2023.

McDougall contested six of the seven rounds last year aboard an MPC-supported Audi.

The final 2023 TCR Australia calendar is yet to be announced, although its starting point will be the AWC Race Tasmania at Symmons Plains on February 24-26.

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