The fifth run of the Bathurst 6 Hour this weekend features the first appearance of TCR Australia at Mount Panorama and places the first winners of the production car races against each other

In 2016, Nathan Morcom and Chaz Mostert shared a BMW 335i Coupé to claim victory at the very first 6-hour event at Bathurst, and the next year they were oh as close as a transmission disease in the Ford Focus RS the couple’s supercars forced Stern to finish second

Five years later, the two are part of the 22 participants who will fight for the third round of the TCR Australia Series in Bathurst

Morcom’s HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30N TCR stood on the podium to end a tough Phillip Island weekend with the hot hatch falling into limp mode during Saturday’s wet opening race

Mostert, on the other hand, took two race wins and was on the way to a clean sweep before a puncture drove the Melbourne Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR out of the competition

“I love Bathurst,” Morcom said “Chaz can tell you too, we teamed up there and now we’re not going back there together so it will be good to balance it out and get it on track”

“I think it will be great to have these cars placed on this track,” said Morcom. “We had 20 on the last lap at Phillip Island, there are 22 here, I think it’s going to be a great door-to-door race Door

This year’s TCR Australia season is wide open as many of the front runners, including Garry Rogers Motorsport Alfa Romeo drivers Jordan Cox and Mostert, were unlucky while Honda did well off Phillip Island

“It’s up and down like the seas, so it’s always there, we always have to fight for it, last man standing

“The Hondas had a lot of blow-outs on test day at Phillip Island Obviously they didn’t fail last time so they (Wall Racing) must have solved the problem””

The Morcom team is expanding to three i30N TCRs this weekend, with regular driver Josh Buchan adding to the roster

The ride to Bathurst on the Phillip Island podium creates confidence, according to Morcom, where Buchan has shown he adapts well after sneaking through the field in Race 3

“It was good for us to be back on the podium It’s starting our season and we’re going to recharge this weekend, “he said

“Josh is at a good pace He will find his way around as the year progresses”

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