TCM’s new management commits to a regular dialogue with competitors
The new Gulf Western Oils Touring Car Masters management team is committed to engaging in regular dialogue with competitors following the recent unrest in the series.
Touring Car Masters has been through a tumultuous time with ruminations in the paddock about alleged technical violations and dissatisfaction with the perception, as expressed by one driver, that this is the ‘ugly half-sister’ in the following categories of the Australian Racing Group.
Category administrator and technical advisor Paul Taylor stepped down early last month, a move believed in large part to frustration over lack of resources, and has since been replaced by Liam Curkpatrick.
Now it is understood that a new tech team of Scott McGrath, Frank Adamson and Jamie Augustine has been installed, while Fred Severin remains as a tech delegate.
McGrath, who will lead the quartet, was introduced to the contestants during a Zoom call last week that also reportedly included CEO Matt Braid, among other key ARG figures.
It’s unclear exactly what firm commitments have been made, if any, on technical matters, although competitors Speedcafe.com has spoken with are positive about the direction the series is now supposed to be heading. .
It is understood that the management of Touring Car Masters will now organize meetings with competitors on a monthly basis to six weeks, either online or at the race tracks, to keep them abreast of the evolution of the category and to deal with the friction points in a timely manner.
There is also a general perception that McGrath will preside over a stricter enforcement of the series’ sporting and technical regulations, as well as the correction of procedural loopholes that would have been exploited even in the final round of the campaign, at Sydney Motorsport. Park. .
While Taylor was generally viewed as highly regarded, the job (s) he was responsible for was also considered beyond the scope of one person to adequately perform.
McGrath is the Technical Director of Motorsport Australia, Adamson is the Technical Director of Motorsport Governing Body and Augustine its Director of Technical Regulations and Special Projects.
John Bowe currently leads Ryan Hansford, Marcus Zukanovic and Cameron Tilley in the Touring Car Masters standings.
The fourth round of the season is scheduled to take place with the Shannons Motorsport Australian Championships at Morgan Park on the rescheduled August 13-15 date.