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PRESS RELEASE/Aussie Driver Search via TCR Australia – image: supplied

The Aussie Driver Search race team has stated a clear intention of fielding a multi-car TCR Australia team in 2019 and beyond.

The ADS team, which holds its popular talent finding program with huge prize pools, is speaking with various car makers and race car builders about purchasing up to five TCR-specification vehicles for the new hot hatch touring car formula.

Team owner and ADS program founder Kyle Austin is the first to publicly outline the costs associated with entering the new seven round series.



$27,500 per round running costs

$60,000 per year to lease the car

$252,500 per season to lease a car and run an arrive and drive deal with Aussie Driver Search. A $60,000 deposit is required for the car lease and then the remaining budget can be split up into monthly payments of $16,041.


The team is looking to purchase its own cars to lease to prospective drivers, or accept drivers into their squad if they purchase a car aligned with their car maker.

The ADS team is aiming to field a five-car team, complimented by manufacturer support. The team will also field cars in a number of series in 2019 including Super2, Super3, Australian GT and Toyota 86 Racing Series.

Austin says that there are four drives up for grabs, with inaugural SuperUtes Champion Ryal Harris already confirmed as an official ADS backed driver for the ambitious team.

The TCR regulations, formulated by former World Touring Car Championship manager Marcello Lotti, were developed in 2014 as a cost-effective touring car racing alternative, providing an exciting race format and opportunity for upcoming drivers and racing teams.

Eligible cars include all front-wheel drive C-Segment hatchbacks or sedans, powered by production-based turbocharged petrol or diesel engines with a capacity of up to 2-litres and boasting 420 Nm of torque (310 horsepower).

Kyle Austin
Aussie Driver Search director and founder

“We are ready to lock in drivers and get our TCR Australia team underway,” said Kyle Austin.

“We are in discussions with a number of local manufacturers as well as international TCR car builders to source the best-possible deal for our team and drivers.

“Not many teams will publicly publish the costs of going motor racing, but we like to do things a little different. We like to be up front, honest and deliver the best possible product for our drivers through our professionally run team and top-level engineers/mechanics.

“The TCR category is really appealing to our team as it fills a hole in the market for a low cost premier series. The cars are extremely user-friendly, exciting to drive and great for driver development. We are really excited to announce further news on this.”

Ryal Harris
Aussie Driver Search senior judge 

“When TCR confirmed it was coming to Australia, it was something that got my attention straight away,” said Ryal Harris.

“I’m committed to the SuperUtes Series next year, but Aussie Driver Search will back me to enter TCR Australia, assuming that the ADS team can get the right deals in place.

“Kyle is very committed to getting some cars out for TCR Australia, and when he says he is doing something, it happens so I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.”


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