Hyundai looking to continue TCR Australia winning streak at Queensland Raceway.

08 August, 2023

  • Hyundai drivers Bailey Sweeny and Josh Buchan placed first and second in the 2023 TCR Australia Driver’s Championship.
  • HMO Customer Racing has won five of the nine races held so far this season.
  • Productive pre-event test session at Queensland Raceway for HMO Customer Racing provided vital set-up information.

Hyundai is hoping to maintain its winning form in the TCR Australia Championship, and breakthrough for its first victory at Queensland Raceway, during this weekend’s fourth round of the series.

HMO Customer Racing has dominated the opening rounds of the 2023 TCR Australia Championship with Bailey Sweeny and Josh Buchan currently occupying the top two positions in the drivers’ championship, having won five of the nine races held so far.

The team faces a tough challenge at Queensland Raceway this weekend having never finished higher than fourth on the demanding 3.13km circuit.

However, a productive pre-event test session last week has provided the team with critical set-up information, and allowed both drivers to fine-tune their machines, at a circuit where thousands of a second will likely make the difference in qualifying.

With only six corners, Queensland Raceway places huge emphasis on braking performance, traction and straight-line speed, all of which will be compromised by the weight penalties carried by Sweeny and Buchan as a result of their qualifying success at the previous round (Winton Motor Raceway).

Sweeny has the best form at HMO Customer Racing heading into the weekend having scored two top-five finishes at Queensland Raceway in his rookie season last year.

HMO Customer Racing will have two 30-minute practice sessions on Friday to fine tune the cars ahead of qualifying on Saturday before three races over the remainder of the weekend.

Fans can catch all the action from Queensland Raceway and the Motorsport Australia Shannons Speed Series live and on-demand via Stan Sport.

Car 30: i30 Sedan N TCR - Josh Buchan

“Historically, Queensland Raceway has been a bit of a bogey track for us at HMO Customer Racing. We got ambushed there last year on my side of the garage with a failure in first practice and then rain in the second practice, so I went into qualifying completely blind. And then I got my pants pulled down a bit.”

“But we don’t have any excuses this year in terms of preparation. The test was extremely productive in getting a head start on the weekend, and we’ll take what we’ve learned and hit the ground running.

“It’s not going be an easy weekend with the success ballast we’re carrying in the Hyundai i30 Sedan N TCR, but I’ve got the best team around me and if I can just chip away at it and stay out of trouble then I’m positive we’ll have a great result.”

Car 130: i30 N TCR - Bailey Sweeny

“We had good speed at Queensland Raceway last year with a couple of top five results, and a good fightback from being turned around in the other race. So, I’m looking forward to improving on those results this weekend and maintain my position at the top of the championship as we head into the second half of the season.

“We had a really positive test day there which we highlighted some areas of the car we had to improve, which is really beneficial to understand before this weekend.

“I like Queensland Raceway as a circuit, and it always produces great action for the fans who can see the whole track from wherever they are watching. The big braking zones really suit my driving style, so hopefully we can put on a great show and come away with a podium, or two!”

Driver Information

  Josh Buchan     Bailey Sweeny  
Born   22/01/1995 (28)     07/02/2003 (20)  
Car   Hyundai i30 Sedan N TCR    Hyundai i30 N TCR  
Number   30     130  
TCR seasons competed   2021, 2022, 2023     2022, 2023  
TCR Poles   2     0  
TCR Podiums   13     9  
TCR Wins   5     5  
TCR World Ranking   40     54  

Round 4: Queensland Raceway

  Track Facts  
  Location     Ipswich, Queensland  
  Length     3.13 km  
  TCR Pole Record     1:12.52 sec, Tony D’Alberto (Honda Civic Type R) - 2022  
  TCR Lap Record     1:13.90 sec, Jay Hanson (Audi RS3 LMS) - 2022  

TCR Schedule - Round 4: Queensland Raceway

Friday August 11   Saturday August 12     Sunday August 13  
Practice 1: 11:40am   Qualifying: 11:45am     Race 2: 12:45pm  
Practice 2: 3:05pm   Race 1: 4:15pm     Race 3: 4:20pm  

2023 TCR Australia Championship Standings

Position   Name     Car     Points  
1   Bailey Sweeny     Hyundai i30 N TCR     387  
2   Josh Buchan     Hyundai i30 Sedan N TCR     351  
3   Jordan Cox     Peugeot 308 TCR     326  
4   Aaron Cameron     Peugeot 308 TCR     307  
5   Lachlan Minneef     Audi RS3 LMS     302  
6   Ben Bargwanna     Peugeot 308 R     288  
7   Tony D’Alberto     Honda Civic Type R     280  
8   Michael Clemente     Cupra Leon TCR     274  
9   Tom Oliphant     Alfa Romeo Giulietta     268  
10   Kody Garland     Peugeot 308 TCR     264  

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.

The Hyundai Elantra N currently leads the 2023 TCR World Tour with former champions Norbert MIchelisz and Michel Azcona first and second in the drivers’ championship standings and BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse on top of the team’s rankings.

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.

  Hyundai i30 Sedan N TCR Specifications  
Length 4,710 mm
Width 1,950 mm
Wheelbase 2,750 mm
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, each with three races.

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 - which pays double points - 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.

Points Scoring System

      1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10  
  Qualifying     10     7     5     3     2                      
  Race 1 & 3     50     46     42     38     36     31     29     27     25     23  
  Race 2     40     36     32     28     26     24     22     20     18     16  

Uniquely, this season will include two rounds of the new TCR World Tour in Australia, including Sydney Motorsport Park and the season finale Bathurst International at Mount Panorama 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