Garry Rogers Motorsport will race a pair of Alfa Romeos in the inaugural 2019 season …
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SUPERCARS squad Garry Rogers Motorsport has signed on to compete in the inaugural season of the TCR Australia Series.
The Victorian team, which recently announced the addition of Richie Stanaway and Boost Mobile to its Holden-aligned Supercars program, is one of the first teams in the world to secure a pair of brand new Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloces.
The machines are currently being built by the Romeo Ferraris team at its race shop in Milan, Italy, the squad also working through the homologation of the cars for the upcoming World TCR Championship.
“We have been looking with interest in the TCR Series from a far, at both the local and international competition, and we have been really impressed,” GRM’s Barry Rogers said.
“We are in the motorsport business, and we will consider anything where we feel there is value for our business and the sport as a whole, and there’s no doubt that TCR competition is a cost-effective way to compete, which is why we have decided to secure two Alfa Romeos for the 2019 season in Australia.
“Obviously, GRM is heavily invested in Supercars and that remains our primary focus, however, like our involvement in S5000, we have seen a new market and we are very keen to be involved.”
The deal is not the first time GRM has flirted with the brand, having run an Alfa Romeo 155 in the Australian Super Touring Championship for Steven Richards in 1995, a year before the team joined the Supercars Championship.
“So there’s something romantic about us having done this deal with Romeo Ferraris to secure the two Alfas,” Rogers added.
“Myself and our head engineer Richard Hollway went to Europe to visit a number of TCR manufacturers, and we were particularly impressed with the Romeo Ferraris team. The way they are in business is very similar to us – family run business, strong ties with car makers and we were impressed by their enthusiasm.
“We’ve formed a collaboration where we will help group the Alfa Romeo brand in the Asia Pacific region, and having the brand-new Guilette Veloce at our disposal is perfect timing too. We’ll have the latest-spec car that will be competitive and unique.”
The two Alfa Romeos are expected to arrive in Australia in coming months, with the team’s driver lineup also to be confirmed in the lead-up to the opening round of the 2019 TCR Australia Series at Sydney Motorsport Park on May 17-19.