Hyundai aiming to ride the storm at Sandown Raceway
- Hyundai drivers Josh Buchan and Bailey swapped positions at the top of the championship after the previous round at Queensland Raceway.
- Predicted wet weather at Sandown could help negate success ballast penalties.
- Final round before facing international competition at TCR World Tour events in Sydney and Bathurst.
Hyundai i30 Sedan N TCR
The Hyundai i30 Sedan N TCR (known as the Elantra N TCR in Europe and North America) is the latest generation touring car developed by Hyundai Motorsport’s Customer Racing division.
Revealed for the first time at the Beijing Motor Show in 2020 as a replacement for the successful i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR models, it quickly established itself as a championship winner when Sebastien Loeb Racing won the 2021 TCR Europe title with Spanish driver Mikel Azcona.
Last year, Hyundai Motorsport clinched its third drivers’ title and second teams’ championship in the World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) with Azcona and BRC Hyundai Squadra Corsa, as well as a clean sweep of the TCR category in the North American IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge with Bryan Herta Autosport claiming the drivers’, teams’ and manufacturers’ titles and a double title victory for Niels Langeveld and Target Competition in the ultra-competitive TCR Italy regional championship.
Based on the road-going i30 Sedan N, the TCR variant maintains strong links between the Hyundai Motorsport vehicles that racing fans see on track and the standard production cars they drive and in showrooms.
In line with TCR regulations, the i30 Sedan N TCR is front-wheel drive and powered by a 2.0-litre turbo charged four-cylinder engine built specifically by Hyundai Motorsport and directly related to the motor in the road-going i30 Sedan N.
The Hyundai i30 Sedan N TCR currently sits first and fourth in the 2023 TCR World Tour with former champions Norbert Michelisz and Mikel Azcona respectively while BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse is second on the teams’ championship.
|Hyundai i30 Sedan N TCR Specifications|
|Weight||1,265 kg(including driver)|
|Engine||1,998 cc turbocharged four-cylinder, DOHC, 16 valves|
|Power||257 kW at 7,000 rpm|
|Torque||450 Nm at 3,500 rpm|
|Transmission||Six-speed sequential with paddle shift, front-wheel drive|
|Suspension (Front)||Fully adjustable MacPherson strut with coil springs & anti-roll bar|
|Suspension (Rear)||Fully adjustable four-arm multi-link with coil springs & anti-roll bar|
|Steering||Electrically assisted rack and pinion|
|Brakes (Front)||Six-piston callipers and 380 mm ventilated disc|
|Brakes (Rear)||Two-piston callipers with 278 mm disc|
|Wheels||18” x 10” Braid alloys specifically designed for Hyundai Motorsport|
|Tyres||Kumho TCR slicks|
|Fuel Tank||100 litres with dry-brake system|
About the 2023 TCR Australia Championship
The 2023 TCR Australia Championship consists of seven rounds.
Two practice sessions are held before the opening qualifying session with the top 10 fastest drivers progressing to a 15-minute shootout that determines the final starting positions for the opening race.
In the second race, the drivers that finish race one in the top 10 positions are reversed. And, in the final race the starting positions are determined by the driver’s aggregated point score.
As for the points scoring system, the fastest five drivers in qualifying score bonus points, and, in the three races, the first and third races are worth equal points while the reverse Top 10 second race is worth 80 per cent (see table below). The driver with the fastest lap in each of the three races also picks-up an extra point.
|Race 1 & 3||50||46||42||38||36||31||29||27||25||23|
Uniquely, the 2023 TCR Australia Championship will include two rounds of the new TCR World Tour in Australia, including the penultimate round at Sydney Motorsport Park and the Bathurst International finale at Mount Panorama on back-to-back weekends in November.
The TCR World Tour, which replaces the previous WTCR World Touring Car Cup, will be contested over nine rounds from the 200 TCR-sanctioned events to be held across the globe in 2023 with 16 of the world’s best touring car drivers racing against the local competitors.
Every driver in all TCR sanctioned championships will score points on the TCR World Rankings with the top 30 then invited to compete in the TCR World Final at the end of the season.
The 2023 TCR Australia Championship will be broadcast live on Stan Sport in Australia.
|2023 TCR Australia Championship Schedule|
|Round 1||February 24-26, Symmons Plains, Tasmania|
|Round 2||May 12-14, Phillip Island, Victoria|
|Round 3||June 9-11, Winton Raceway, Victoria|
|Round 4||August 11-13, Queensland Raceway, Queensland|
|Round 5||September 8-10, Sandown Raceway, Victoria|
|Round 6||November 3-5, Sydney Motorsport Park, New South Wales|
|Round 7||November 10-12, Mount Panorama, New South Wales|