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TCR sponsor switches allegiance

JORDAN Cox will return for another shot at an elusive TCR Australia crown, this time in fresh colours.

The front-wheel-drive ace has been confirmed for a second straight season in a Garry Rogers Motorsport Peugeot 308, having initially been powered by Alfa Romeo.

This year, however, Cox will carry Schaeffler branding, which had previously been aligned with Dylan O’Keeffe.

Three-time Bathurst 1000 starter O’Keeffe is yet to announce his 2023 plans; last year he juggled both TCR and Carrera Cup.

Cox meanwhile enters the season on the back of finishing third in the 2021 TCR Australia standings and fourth last year.

“It is fantastic to be going into another year with the GRM team, to have that consistency with the same group of people is a big boost to start the season,” he said.

“I’m super excited to represent such a well-known and respected brand in the automotive industry with Schaeffler.

“They are very enthusiastic about their motor racing and have a strong presence in lots of high-level categories around the world. I’m stoked to continue with Pitcher Partners as well, and my new supporters for this year in BlueSky Modular Buildings.

Jordan Cox (right) with Marcos Ambrose. Pic: Australian Racing Group

“We had a relatively good season last year, but just when we thought we were making inroads we’d hit a snag of some sort.

“It was frustrating but we know moving in to 2023 that we have everything ready to put together a very competitive season.”

With Australia hosting two rounds of the TCR World Tour later this year, Cox is eyeing a berth in the global final. He currently is 24th in the world rankings and second of all Australians, only behind 2022 title winner Tony D’Alberto (22nd overall).

“The world ranking is an interesting element, it’s a pretty good formula from what I’ve seen, and the world final will be a sort of carrot being dangled throughout the year for us to chase,” Cox continued.

“The ranking goes hand in hand with performance however, so our only focus will be to ensure we are performing and fighting for the Championship here in Australia.

“The category is getting more competitive, we’re seeing more aggressive setups and drivers pushing harder as we have all figured out how to extract the most out of a pretty unique race car.

“It’s going to be very interesting when we race alongside the international drivers with the World Tour events.

“We’ve got a group of really skilled people all pushing hard this year so I’m excited to get the year underway, and I see no reason why we shouldn’t be up the pointy end again in 2023.”

Cox is the third driver to be named in GRM’s TCR stable for 2023, following Kody Garland and Aaron Cameron.

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