MotorSport New Zealand has awarded the commercial and promotional rights of the TCR New Zealand Championship to the ANZ Motorsport Group, a new subsidiary company of the Australian Racing Group – the same promoter as the TCR Australia Series.
In a major coup for the global TCR formula in the region, the ANZ Motorsport Group will oversee the introduction of the popular TCR Series to New Zealand, giving the closely knit Australia and New Zealand motor racing communities a strategic touring car alignment.
The deal between the ANZ Motorsport Group and MotorSport New Zealand is a multi-year arrangement, ensuring stability in the formative stages of TCR in the Australasian region.
ANZ Motorsport Group’s mandate will be to ensure the TCR New Zealand Series develops in its own right, including racing rounds at stand-alone dates and those aligned with the race calendars of other MotorSport NZ Premier Race Championships which are currently managed by New Zealand motorsports event promoter Speed Works Events Ltd.
By aligning both Series’ with no date clashes to be scheduled between each calendar, all TCR competitors in the region will have the opportunity to compete in both the New Zealand and Australia series
The ANZ Motorsport Group is currently working with Speed Works Events to formulate a racing calendar for the 2020 New Zealand motorsport season and is planning to have New Zealand-based resources to manage the category locally.
Matt Braid, Director Australian Racing Group said: “Being awarded another series is a huge vote of confidence from WSC and speaks to the successful launch of the TCR Series in Australia. We’ll be able to take our learning from TCR Australia to TCR New Zealand for the benefit of all local race teams, competitors, fans and the media. By aligning both TCR Series with no date clashes between the calendars, all TCR competitors in the region will have the opportunity to compete in both the New Zealand and Australia series.”
Wayne Christie, President MotorSport NZ added: “This experience makes ARG’s ANZ Motorsport Group the logical choice to give the TCR New Zealand Series the best chance of success. The response from competitors and teams to our announcement that the TCR category was coming to New Zealand was overwhelmingly positive. We expect that this confirmation of the series promoter will provide competitors with confidence to push ahead with plans to compete in the New Zealand TCR series when it commences next year.”
Marcello Lotti, President WSC Group: “We are very happy that the Australian Racing Group has been selected to promote the new TCR New Zealand Championship. Australia and New Zealand are so close together, so to have same promoter makes sense. From what we’ve seen how the Australian series has been run, then we have no doubt that New Zealand will be a huge success. This is a big win for the competitors, having two TCR Series so close together. There will be more opportunity to use their cars in the two championships.”
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