Hyundai’s Buchan and Oliphant ready for ultra-fast Phillip Island fight

09 April, 2024

  • Resurfaced Phillip Island will provide a unique, new challenge with TCR lap records expected to tumble
  • Hyundai’s Josh Buchan scored pole position and two victories in 2023 at the picturesque seaside circuit
  • Teammate Tom Oliphant is looking to maintain his winning momentum after taking victory in the previous round at Symmons Plains in Tasmania

Hyundai drivers Josh Buchan and Tom Oliphant are prepared for a new challenge on the resurfaced Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this weekend during the third round of the 2024 TCR Australia Championship.

Buchan dominated last year’s event at the fast and flowing seaside circuit, scoring pole position and two race victories and is confident of repeating his front-running form this weekend. The 29-year-old Sydneysider, who sits fourth on the championship ladder, is hoping to reclaim the title lead after being robbed of a potential round victory at Symmons Plains in Tasmania.

Buchan was on course for a consecutive podium result after finishing second in the opening race at Symmons Plains but lost his championship points when the officials declared the race results void following a lengthy red-flag period.

On the flipside, the decision allowed teammate Tom Oliphant to score his maiden overall round victory in the TCR Australia Championship – and his first race win with HMO Customer Racing. On the back of that success, the former British Touring Car Championship race winner is confident he will also be among the front runners at Phillip Island and continue his front-running momentum.

Both drivers will, however, face a new challenge at Phillip Island as the 4.445km circuit has been completely resurfaced, which is expected to offer more grip and generate faster lap times.

This will create additional pressure on the drivers and engineers to adapt to the new conditions during practice to fine-tune the cars for qualifying and then manage tyre preservation during the race.

HMO Customer Racing will have two, shortened 20-minute practice sessions at Phillip Island on Friday afternoon ahead of qualifying on Saturday at 11:25am and the opening race, which starts at 3:15pm. The team will return to the track on Sunday for the two remaining races, with the top-10 finishers from Saturday’s first race reversed for the second sprint.

Fans can catch all the action from Phillip Island and the Motorsport Australia Shannons Speed Series live and free via 7Plus.

TCR Schedule - Round 3: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Friday April 12

Saturday April 13

Sunday April 14

Practice 1: 11:25am

Qualifying: 11:25am

Race 2: 1:25pm

Practice 2: 3:10pm

Race 1: 3:15pm

Race 3: 4:10pm


Car 1: i30 N TCR - Josh Buchan

“The track is very different with a lot more grip than we’ve had in the past and it will be interesting to see how much faster we can go now, and how it evolves over the weekend. It will be a real test for the engineers to chase the track with the set-up, and for us drivers in how the tyres last over the race distance. We’re stepping into the unknown this weekend, which is a great challenge.

“Phillip Island has always been a track that I’ve gone well at, and scoring pole and two wins last year was a great result that really set us up for the championship victory in the end. I’m pretty motivated after what happened in Tasmania as I feel like I was robbed of a good result. I just want to have a clean run at the front to wipe that one from my memories.”


Car 15: i30 N TCR – Tom Oliphant

“It is fantastic to come to Phillip Island off the back of a victory at Symmons Plains, and I’m looking to continue that momentum this weekend at one of the fastest and most challenging circuits. Yes, there was a bit of luck involved in our success in Tassie, but more than anything we proved we were fast, and I think we’ve unlocked the speed and I’m now really comfortable and confident in the car. I still have some improvements to make in qualifying, and that is what I’ll be focusing on at Phillip Island to ensure we’re at the front again this weekend.

“Phillip Island, along with Sydney Motorsport Park, is a track that suits my driving style the best as it is quite similar to my favourite track in the UK, Donnington, which is also very fast and flowing. If we can grab a win that would be great, but with 40kg of weight penalty on board I’ll take podiums all day long.”

Driver Information


Josh Buchan

Tom Oliphant


22/01/1995 (29)

07/02/2003 (20)


Hyundai i30 Sedan N TCR

Hyundai i30 N TCR




TCR seasons competed

2021, 2022, 2023, 2024

2023, 2024

TCR Poles



TCR Podiums



TCR Wins



TCR World Ranking



2024 TCR Australia Championship Standings - Provisional






Zac Soutar

Audi RS3 LMS



Ben Bargwanna

Peugeot 308 R



Jordan Cox

Peugeot 308 TCR



Josh Buchan

Hyundai i30 N TCR



Clay Richards

Cupra Leon TCR



Ryan Casha

Peugeot 308 TCR



Dylan O’Keefe

Lynk & Co 03 TCR



Brad Harris

Honda Civic Type R



Aaron Cameron

Peugeot 308 TCR



Tony D’Alberto

Honda Civic Type R



Tom Oliphant

Hyundai i30 N TCR




2024 TCR Australia Championship, Round 3: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Track Facts



Phillip Island, Victoria


4.445 km

TCR Pole Record

1:35.8130sec, Jay Hanson (Audi RS3 LMS) - 2022

TCR Lap Record

1:37.1991sec, Will Brown (Audi RS3 LMS) - 2022


Hyundai i30 N TCR

The Hyundai i30 N TCR is one of the most successful models in the global TCR Championship.

Developed by Hyundai Motorsport’s Customer Racing division in Germany, the i30 N TCR represented Hyundai’s first steps into circuit racing when it was first launched in 2017.

The car immediately proved its performance potential by winning the first race of the inaugural FIA WTCR season in 2018 and finished the season with customer teams taking both the drivers’ and teams’ titles.

Its success continued when Hyundai’s customer racing team added a second consecutive FIA WTCR drivers’ title in 2019 during a season in which Hyundai teams won the TCR Championship in eight different series spread across four continents, including the first TCR Australia Championship with Will Brown and HMO Customer Racing.

Since then, the Hyundai i30 N TCR is the most successful model variant in the TCR Australia Championship with 19 victories.

Based on the road-going i30 N model, in-line with the TCR regulations, it is powered by a two-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine connected to a six-speed sequential gearbox and is fitted with a 100-litre fuel tank.

  Hyundai i30 Sedan N TCR Specifications  
Length 4,445 mm
Width 1,950 mm
Wheelbase 2,650 mm
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, each with three or four races.

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

The 2024 TCR Australia Championship will be broadcast live on 7plus.


 2024 TCR Australia Championship Schedule

Round 1

February 9-11, Sandown Raceway, Victoria

Round 2

May 15-17, Symmons Plains, Tasmania

Round 3

April 12-14, Phillip Island, Victoria

Round 4

May 31-June 2, The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia

Round 5

July 12-14, Queensland Raceway, Queensland

Round 6

November 1-3, Sydney Motorsport Park, New South Wales*

Round 7

November 8-10, Mount Panorama, New South Wales*


*denotes round of the 2024 TCR World Tour