The TCR Australia Championship heads to South Australia for Round 3, with three Audi RS 3 LMS cars looking to make a big impression at the country’s newest track – The Bend.
12 July, 2019
Garth and Leanne Tander will backup from the last round, while the third Audi will be driven by former V8 Supercars champion and two-time Bathurst 1000 winner, Russell Ingall
The motorsport monster that is TCR Australia heads to the country’s newest motorsport facility, the Bend, this weekend and all three Melbourne Performance Centre Audi RS 3 LMS cars will be lining up to do battle.
Garth and Leanne Tander will backup from the last round at Phillip Island, while the third car will be driven by former V8 Supercars champion and two-time Bathurst 1000 winner, Russell Ingall.
For Garth and Leanne Tander it will be a great chance to build on the time they’ve already spent in the Audi, after showing such pace in Victoria, in what was a weekend filled with racing incidents and no shortage of panel damage.
Garth Tander is keen to get back behind the wheel at the fast, flowing Bend layout and both he and Leanne are hoping to record solid results in South Australia.
For ‘The Enforcer’ Russell Ingall, the drive will mark a return to touring car racing and his first ever experience in the new TCR class. It will also be his first drive at the Bend and the veteran Australian racer is looking forward to the weekend.
“I’ve spoken about TCR a lot, so it’s great to finally get a chance to see exactly what all the hype is about,” says Ingall.
“For me, it’s a new track and I need to learn the car – you don’t get much more challenging circumstances, but sometimes having no preconceived ideas can be better.”
“I haven’t raced competitively since the end of last year, but it’s funny how quickly yo get back into the race mode. I’ve been watching videos of TCR racing from here and overseas, and it is really some of the best racing. It’s phenomenal how good the racing looks and how close the competition is, so it’s great to be a part of it.”
The car he will be driving was previously driven by Audi international, Rik Breukers in the opening TCR round at Sydney Motorsport Park and then by Victorian driver, Hamish Ribarits at Phillip Island, where he scored the first podium result for the brand in TCR Australia.
All three Audi drivers will be looking to build on that result and show just what the RS 3 LMS can do.
Round 3 of the Australian TCR Championship will be televised live on SBS sport over the weekend.
“I haven’t raced competitively since the end of last year, but it’s funny how quickly yo get back into the race mode"
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