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Sydney to host biggest ever Australian TCR field

TEN different nationalities will be represented in a 24-car TCR field at this weekend’s Race Sydney event.

In the biggest ever grid for a TCR event Down Under, the round will be crucial to the title races in both the Australian and World Tour series.

In addition to the nine-pronged World Tour fleet, there will be category debuts for Will Harris – the twin brother of race winner Brad – and Frenchman Jimmy Clairet in the Peugeot raced by Clay Richards at Sandown.

Those continuing their quest for the inaugural World Tour crown this Friday and Saturday night are headed by frontrunners Norbert Michelisz (Hungary) and Yann Ehrlacher (France).

Norbert Michelisz in action. Pic: Supplied

Michelisz is part of a two-car BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse alongside teammate Mikel Azcona (Spain).

FULL SCHEDULES: 2023 Race Sydney, Bathurst International

Ehrlacher drives for Lynk & Co-powered Cyan Racing, which also fields Thed Björk (Sweden), Santiago Urrutia (Uruguay) and Ma Qing Ha (China).

Thed Björk runs ahead of Ma Qing Ha. Pic: Supplied

Racing for Audi Sport Comtoyou will be Rob Huff (United Kingdom) and Frederic Vervisch (Belgium), while Nestor Girolami (Argentina) is the sole Honda international.

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As for the TCR Australia component, it’s Hyundai duo Bailey Sweeny and Josh Buchan duking it out at the pointy end of the standings; 30 points separate the pair heading into Sydney Motorsport Park.

The Bathurst International (November 10-12) will act as the 2023 Australian decider, and the penultimate round of the TCR World Tour.

UPDATE: Michael Clemente has been forced to withdraw from Race Sydney on budget grounds

Entry list: TCR, Race Sydney

1Honda Wall RacingTony D’AlbertoHonda Civic FL5
4Hangcha ForkliftsJimmy ClairetPeugeot 308
9MPC Team Liqui MolyWill BrownAudi RS3 LMS
14Purple SectorLachlan MineeffAudi RS3 LMS SEQ
18Team Valvoline GRMAaron CameronPeugeot 308
22Challenge MotorsportIain McDougallAudi RS3 LMS SEQ
30HMO Customer RacingJosh BuchanHyundai Elantra N Sedan
33Schaeffler GRMJordan CoxPeugeot 308
41Valvoline Racing GRMKody GarlandPeugeot 308
71Burson Auto Parts RacingBen BargwannaPeugeot 308
TBCExclusive Switchboards / Wall RacingWill HarrisHonda Civic FK7
74Exclusive Switchboards / Wall RacingBrad HarrisHonda Civic FK7
105BRC Hyundai N Squadra CourseNorbert MicheliszHyundai Elantra N Sedan
110Team Soutar MotorsportZac SoutarAudi RS3 LMS
111Cyan Racing Lynk & CoThed BjörkLynk & Co 03 FL
112Cyan Racing Lynk & CoSantiago UrrutiaLynk & Co 03 FL
115Autoglym / Ashley Seward MotorsportTom OliphantLynk & Co 03
122Audi Sport ComtoyouFrederic VervischAudi RS3 LMS
129Honda Wall RacingNestor GirolamiHonda Civic FL5
130HMO Customer RacingBailey SweenyHyundai i30N
155Cyan Racing Lynk & CoMa Qing HuaLynk & Co 03 FL
168Cyan Racing Lynk & CoYann EhrlacherLynk & Co 03 FL
179Audi Sport ComtoyouRob HuffAudi RS3 LMS
196BRC Hyundai N Squadra CourseMikel AzconaHyundai Elantra N Sedan
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