Tufflift Racing is to field two Audi RS3 LMS TCRs in the 2024 TCR Australia series. The cars will be driven by Zac Soutar and Glenn Nirwan.
It’s the fourth TCR Australia season for Soutar, who in 2022 was the first privateer entry to claim a race victory. Despite facing reliability issues during the previous season, especially with the driveshaft, the 26-year-old driver demonstrated promising speed, securing five overall podiums and finishing 10th in the drivers’ standings.
Nirwan, making his TCR Australia debut, brings experience from racing the Audi RS3 in his native Indonesia. In 2023, Nirwan competed in the Euro Touring Car Championship as part of the Indonesian Sentul Series of Motorsport, clinching the overall title with an unbeaten record. He will be behind the wheel of the Audi RS3 formerly driven by Will Brown for Melbourne Performance Centre.
For the first round at Sandown International Raceway in Melbourne, Melbourne Performance Centre will oversee the car, with Nirwan’s BRM Motorsport team taking charge from the second round. The collaboration aims to ensure a smooth transition and a successful racing campaign.
Soutar, who founded Team Soutar Motorsport with his father in 2017, commented, “It’s an absolute dream come true to be a part of a two-car team, and I can’t wait to get to Sandown and see two identical Tufflift Racing Audis lining up on the grid. It will be a surreal moment for everyone involved.”
Nirwan, who previously lived in Australia for 12 years, added, “Driving in Australia has been my dream. I was surprised and honored when Team Soutar Motorsport approached me at the end of last season to join forces.
“I’m very lucky to have Zac as my teammate. He is a very experienced driver and there is a lot I can learn from him, I’m sure.”