International star’s plea for big Bathurst inclusion

Bathurst International wildcard Teddy Clairet says the new TCR World Tour must make a visit to Mount Panorama in 2023.

The World Tour concept has been born out of the ashes of the FIA ​​World Touring Car Cup, which will come to a close at the end of this year.

Rather than a standalone championship, select rounds of existing series around the globe will be chosen for TCR World Tour events.

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It’s expected at least one round in Australia will be part of the World Tour, which could be the Bathurst International.

It’s expected teams from around the world would converge on World Tour locations.

The top 15 drivers from the World Tour would then take part in a TCR World Final.

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That would see them race alongside the top 45 drivers from the new TCR World Ranking that grades drivers from TCR-based categories.

“It’s a great place,” Clairet said of Mount Panorama on the eve of this weekend’s SpeedSeries season finale.

“I’m enjoying being here. I love the atmosphere and I’m looking forward to the weekend.

“It’s an impressive track. Lots of blind corners. It seems fast and really tricky. I have a lot of respect for this track and I will try and do the best for myself.

“The TCR World Tour is coming next year. It’s a great idea, and this is certainly a place that this championship has to go. This is a wonderful place.

“It will be important for the World Tour to come to this track. Everyone knows Bathurst, and if you are doing an international touring cars race, you have to do it here.”

Touring car racing has long been the domain of Mount Panorama, most notably with the Bathurst 1000.

GT and sports cars have also made The Mountain its home with the Bathurst 12 Hour and Bathurst 24 Hour that preceded it.

Production car racing has also found its niche with a six hour event around Easter.

The Bathurst International on November 11-13 is the newest event to the hallowed track, headlined by the TCR Australia Series season finale.

Robert Noaker of the United States is among the international contingent at this year’s event in the Trans Am 100.

Despite being a world away, Noaker said he is in awe of the circuit.

“Mount Panorama is something else. It’s a type of track I have never experienced in my life,” he explained.

“I’ve done two track walks, and the second time was just as shocking as the first.

“There’s no other track on the planet that is like this. The difficulty, the length of it, the turns, the walls. It’s one heck of a track.

“I’ve done a bunch of sim laps, but that isn’t going to equal to much once you get on track.

“There is just so much to it, so forget conquering it. It will take enough just to get around one lap.

“Every race will be about consistency and building up. I just want to finish every single race.”

The TCR Australia Series will be part of a blockbuster card across November 11-13, which will be shown live and ad-free on Stan Sport from 11.30am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday.

The Nine Network will also offer live free-to-air coverage on Saturday afternoon from 3pm on 9Gem.

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