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TCR race winner jumps ship

THE TCR Australia silly season is alive and kicking, with privateer Zac Soutar the latest driver to figure.

Soutar will continue racing for his own team but has jumped ship from Honda as he awaits delivery of a new-specification Audi RS3 LMS TCR.

The Victorian impressed in his #110 Civic last year, taking a race win at Symmons Plains and finishing sixth in the overall standings.

Soutar’s switch follows revelations that Cupra is set to join the field with Michael Clemente, and Melbourne Performance Centre’s public efforts to slot Will Brown into a new Audi.

An excited Soutar explained his move: “There’s been a massive amount of hard work in the background to try and put deals together as we figured out how to make this all happen, but I’m delighted to say it has.

“It was a very tough decision, my family and the team loved the Honda as it was our first TCR entry of which we put many hours into it to make it fast, beautiful and competitive.

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“It is sad to see it go, but I think the Audi is the next step for myself and the team.

“We’ve really enjoyed our relationship with both Wall Racing and JAS Motorsport over the past few seasons, and we thank them for all of their help.

“Initially we were planning to continue on in the Honda for season 2023, but the opportunity to jump into a brand-new Audi was just too good to turn away from.”

Soutar scored four top three finishes in 2022, including victory at Symmons Plains. Pic: Supplied

While continuing as a privateer, Soutar will strike up an alliance with title-winning Audi team MPC.  

“We’ll form a relationship with Melbourne Performance Centre, but obviously Team Soutar Motorsport will continue to run the entry,” he continued.

“The good thing with MPC is the team is Melbourne-based and we’re in Geelong, so to get parts or meet with the squad is really easy now.

“We’ve backed TCR since the moment we entered it. I love TCR and it’s a great category. I like the fact it’s worldwide.

“The coolest part about this year is the world is coming to us, so there couldn’t be a better time to be in TCR or to be upgrading like we are to have a really good crack at the title.

“For us, I think my team will really step it up this season as we have the experience and the Audi is a great all-round package, so I’m hoping to challenge for the title come the end of the year.”

The 2023 TCR Australia season opens at Symmons Plains on February 24-26.

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