Wall Racing is giving two young New Zealand hopefuls their first opportunity in TCR machinery at the Winton driver evaluation test this Monday.
Brock Timperley and Matt Podjursky will drive the team’s Honda Civic Type R racers during the category-sanctioned test day at the rural circuit.
It will be the first time that either driver have sampled a TCR machine as they weigh up their options to compete in the TCR New Zealand Championship that kicks off next year.
Timperley and Podjursky come from karting backgrounds, with both competing at different levels of the NZV8 class.
Round 5 of the carsales TCR Australia Series will be held over a unique two-day meeting format, with practice, qualifying and Race 1 held on Saturday, followed by two races on Sunday.
All three races will be broadcast live, free and in HD on SBS, as well as livestream on the TCR Australia website.
“I’m really excited to be jumping in Wall Racing’s Honda Civic at Winton Motor Raceway next week,” said Brock Timperley.
“It’s going to be very different to the touring cars I’m used to so I will be focusing on learning the car rather than pushing for a lap time.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to explore the different techniques to driving a TCR with a professional team before jumping in one here in New Zealand.”
“The test day at Winton will be the first time I have raced or tested a car outside New Zealand and the first time I will be spinning laps in a TCR front wheel drive race car, so the excitement levels are through the roof!” said Matt Podjursky.
“I would definitely like to be on the grid for the TCR Series here in New Zealand and also at the Melbourne Grand Prix but this all depends if we can find the financial backing.”
Category Manager, TCR New Zealand
“It’s fantastic that we’ll have two New Zealand representatives at the Winton to sample the TCR cars,” said Grant Smith.
“We’ve receiving a really positive amount of interest in TCR New Zealand for next year, and this test at Winton is giving some of the young guys a chance to have a look at the cars, meet the teams and gather as much information as they can.”