Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM) is the latest team to commit to the highly-anticipated TCR Australia Series after securing two Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloces.
The 2019-specfication vehicles are currently under construction at Italian team Romeo Ferraris’ workshop in Milan, with the cars expected to arrive in Victoria soon.
Romeo Ferraris also plan to release the brand-new Giulietta Veloces for the World TCR Championship, making GRM one of the first teams in the world to secure the latest-generation Alfa TCR vehicles.
With TCR Australia gaining a lot of momentum since its launch in November, GRM’s Barry Rogers was thrilled the team could secure two cars for it.
“We have been looking with interest in the TCR Series from a far, at both the local and international competition, and we have been really impressed,” Rogers said.
“We are in the motor sport business, and we will consider anything where we feel there is value for our business and the sport as a whole.
“There’s no doubt that TCR competition is a cost-effective way to compete, which is why we have decided to secure two Alfa Romeos for the 2019 season in Australia.
“Myself and our head engineer Richard Hollway went to Europe to visit a number of TCR manufacturers, and we were particularly impressed with the Romeo Ferraris team.
“The way they are in business is very similar to us – family run business, strong ties with car makers and we were impressed by their enthusiasm.
“Having the brand-new Guilette Veloce at our disposal is perfect timing too. We’ll have the latest-spec car that will be competitive and unique.”
Australian Racing Group Director Matt Braid was also was excited about another high-profile Australian team and international brand wanted to be part of the growing series.
“Alfa Romeo is a prestigious, global brand, with a great racing heritage and it’s fantastic to welcome them into the inaugural TCR Australia Series,” Braid said.
“It’s really pleasing to add another great manufacturer to the TCR Australia grid with Alfa Romeo joining Audi, Volkswagen, Hyundai and Honda who are already represented.
"Having a team of the calibre of Garry Rogers Motorsport is a great endorsement for the category. GRM is one of the best motorsport operations in Australia and I know they will put together a formidable TCR program.
“Momentum for the category is in full swing now and we are looking forward to a raft of exciting announcements in the coming weeks.”
The 2019 TCR Australia Series will kick off its inaugural seven round season at Sydney Motorsport Park on 17-19 May as part of the Shannons Nationals.