New Zealand driver Rowan Shepherd is aiming to stitch together a deal to compete in the inaugural TCR New Zealand Championship after an impressive TCR debut at Barcelona last weekend.
Shepherd has returned to New Zealand after competing in the final round of the 24 Hour Series Champion of the Continents at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain as part of the Holmgaard Motorsport team. He drove a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR car alongside Norwegian driver Roy Edland and Danish brothers Jonas and Magnus Holmgaard.
The team was up to third place when they had a brake rotor failure in the last hour dropping them down the rankings.
For Shepherd, it was an amazing experience, having previously only driven a TCR car for 40 laps with Queenstown based TCR team Track Tec racing prior to heading off the Spain.
“The European stint combined both TCR and endurance racing and that's where I see my future,” Shepherd said.
“The night racing was a first for me and was very challenging but an amazing experience. Another challenge was the intense European summer heat which tested all of the competitors.”
“I’m watching the TCR Australia Series very closely and also seeing how the TCR New Zealand Series develops. It would be great to secure drives in either of those championships at some stage. TCR is massive worldwide”.
He now heads off to Belgium to compete in the inaugural TCR SPA 500 from October 4-6 at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, a 500-lap race solely for TCR homologated cars. There are more than 40 TCR teams entered for this event making it one of the largest TCR events in the world.
“I’m very keen to make a good impression in these European events as a way to build some
momentum and secure a full-time drive in the TCR New Zealand Championship next season.
“I would love to be part of the inaugural TCR NZ but like a lot of young drivers it all comes
down to funding and my ability to put together a budget to go and compete in this world class series in New Zealand.”