The inaugural TCR New Zealand Championship has been bolstered by the launch of a two-car Hyundai i30N campaign from Racer Products.
The team will be run by experienced motorsport manager Mark Petch and lead driver Gene Rollinson, with the latest specification Hyundai i30N purchased from TCR Europe team Target Competition as raced by British dual-TCR champion Josh Files.
The team’s new car and spares package including a complete spare body shell is due to arrive in New Zealand mid-October.
Petch brought in the team’s first Hyundai TCR car earlier this year to compete in selected endurance events. That car has been sold to Christchurch businessman Rhys Gould, who will partner Rollinson in all four of the SIERDC South Island three-hour endurance races later this year.
At this stage Gould has committed to the endurance races only, with the team on the lookout for a young driver to fill the seat for the full TCR New Zealand Championship.
The car has already had plenty of race miles after Rollinson and 2018/19 New Zealand Formula Ford Champion Jordan Michels won their class in the final two rounds of the North Island NIERDC endurance series. The inaugural TCR New Zealand Championship will kick off at Highlands Motorsport Park on January 17-19.