NEW technology is set to be introduced to TCR Australia ahead of the 2024 season.
Promoter WSC has selected the Australian series as one of the first to implement hybrid technology to its existing power plants, as well as push-to-pass.
Testing in Australia is due to begin next year, with the full rollout coming in 2024.
Meanwhile, there will be an Australian presence in the new 2023 TCR World Tour competition.
The newly unveiled global series will involve a nine-race schedule starting in Europe, before heading Down Under for at least one round.
After the ninth race, the top 15 drivers will qualify for a TCR World Final at a to-be-confirmed venue.
“WSC can confirm that the global calendar for TCR World Tour will be released shortly and that Australia will form a key part of that calendar,” said WSC Group founder Marcello Lotti.
“The TCR World Tour will race in Australia which will see the manufacturer customer racing TCR World Tour teams race in Australia with the TCR Australia teams and series.
“Australia has consistently been one of the most exciting and professional TCR series and we are delighted to acknowledge this by bringing the benefit of a global audience and the TCR World Tour to Australia.”
Australian Racing Group chief operating officer Liam Curkpatrick added: “This is a very major achievement for Australia to feature as part of the new TCR World Tour Series, it’s a significant commitment by WSC and the teams to come here and compete at our venue(s) and is a great opportunity for our own drivers to show case their talent to a global audience and potentially create new opportunities as a result.
“This is testament to our teams and drivers who have made the opening few seasons of competition Down Under one of the most regarded TCR series in the world.
“It is also pleasing to see the increased driver pathways that we are now seeing with the resumption of international travel.
“This has included Aaron Cameron competing in the FIA World Games in TCR, Nathan Herne in the USA competing in Trans AM along with international drivers and now the TCR World Tour Series coming to Australia.”
ARG and Motorsport Australia yesterday announced a seven-round unified 2023 SpeedSeries calendar.