Michael King is the newest recruit to the Hyundai i30N TCR car in preparation for the second season of TCR racing in Australia. While the season proper doesn’t start until the Shannons Round at Sydney Motorsport Park, Michael King has his eyes firmly set on a start in the Asia Pacific Cup at the 2020 Rolex Australian Formula One Grand Prix.
King was quick to take to a sodden track at Sydney Motorsport Park today, keen to gain further experience in the front wheel driver Hyundai. The two time champion in the NSW Improved Production series made the move to the TCR series after close scrutiny of the local and international series.
“I actually contemplated a move into the series for 2019,” King told Velocity Motorsport Magazine, “But I eventually decided to take a closer look at how the series unfolded before making a commitment for 2020.”
Michael’s drove a four wheel drive Mitsubishi Lancer during his two championship crowns which, on the surface, suggests that the move to a front wheel drive TCR machine will be a huge change. A view that is not totally accurate according to King.
“The Mitsubishi Lancer, whilst admittedly a four wheel drive car,” King said, “put out 80% of its power through the front wheels, so it is not a totally foreign experience with the Hyundai i30N TCR car. That said it is a very different style of driving and I have been paying pretty close attention to the styles used by drivers both here and overseas.”
Michael King’s face hid nothing as he talked in glowing terms of the build quality with his new Hyundai i30N. While King plays to run the car through his DashSport Team, he was quick to acknowledge the help he had received from HMO, the Australasian distributors of the Hyundai i30N TCR car.
“It is also great dealing with HMO Customer Racing too. Those guys have been unreal and a good support. They have been very helpful in every way. I’m asking questions every day and they help where they can,” Michael King said on the CarSales TCR Website.
While the car ran today in a bare white colour scheme, King has been seeking further support for his entry and has had plenty of interest from potential sponsors which should see a very different colour scheme come the Rolex Australian Formula One Grand Prix.
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