Promoters of the new TCR World Tour have confirmed Bathurst will feature as part of the new global series.
The TCR World Tour will take in its inaugural season in 2023, effectively replacing the World Touring Car Cup (WTCR).
WSC Group president Marcello Lotti, who heads up TCR globally, is in attendance for this year’s season-ending Bathurst International at Mount Panorama.
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There, Lotti confirmed the famed circuit and another yet-to-be-announced Australian venue will be part of the TCR World Tour.
The Italian revealed a minimum of 16 international entries will compete against the Australian home contingent.
Alongside the events Down Under, the nine-round TCR World Tour will consist of four events in Europe, two in North America, and one in Asia.
Already, Belgium-based Audi team Comtoyou Racing has committed to the global series.
“When planning the TCR World Tour, it was a natural decision for us to involve the TCR Australia Series and the Bathurst International as part of it,” said Lotti.
“As soon as I arrived at Mount Panorama this weekend, I realised why this circuit is regarded as one of the best in the world and why all international drivers want to race here.
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“I have been for a lap of the track. It is unbelievable, and for me, it was clear that we have made the right decision to confirm that TCR World Tour will race here next year and beyond.
“Having TCR World Tour come to Bathurst will make many of the world’s best TCR drivers’ dreams come true.
“And the fans will be the winners too, seeing a truly international field of cars racing against the very strong TCR Australia Series teams.”
It will mark the first time since the late 1990s that international, front-wheel-driver, touring cars have competed at Mount Panorama en mass.
In 1997 and 1998, the Bathurst 1000 saw 2.0-litre touring cars take to the famed circuit, including the Formula 1 team Williams.
“This is an unbelievable endorsement for the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, having the new TCR World Tour as part of next year’s season,” said Australian Racing Group COO Liam Curkpatrick.
“We have not seen an international field of touring cars compete at Mount Panorama in 25 years, so it will really put Bathurst back on the map.
“There is no better place to host TCR World Tour, and we’re looking forward to confirming the details of the second event that will only add to the value for our TCR Australia entrants.”
The TCR Australia Series will close out its season at the SpeedSeries season-ending Bathurst International with three races.
The opening race of the weekend gets underway at a revised time of 4pm on Saturday.
The second and third race get underway on Sunday at 9:25am and 3:50pm respectively.
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