LONDON — The organizer of the Touring Car Championship (TCR) road-racing series — which struck a tire supply deal a year ago with South Korea's Kumho Tire Co. Inc. for four European series — is switching TCR championships in Australia, South America and Brazil to Kumho as well.
Kumho already supplies race tires to TCR-sanctioned road-racing series in Denmark, Europe, Eastern Europe and Spain.
The TCR class comprises front-wheel-drive sedans powered by 2-liter turbocharged engines. Cars eligible include Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi RS3, Cupra TCR, Honda Civic, Hyundai i30N, Peugeot 308 GTi and Toyota Corolla.
In Australia, Kumho takes over the role of control tire supplier for the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia seires from Michelin, which had been the series' tire supplier since the Australian TCR series' launch in 2019.
Ben McMellan, head of category operations, Australian Racing Group, said the change is an "important step for TCR Australia to make to fall in line with other major TCR categories around the world.
"Switching to Kumho means our drivers will have exactly the same compound and construction of tire that the TCR World Tour teams will be using when they race here later this year.
"It also means that if our drivers or teams want to compete internationally, they are likely to have the same level of tyre knowledge.
McMellan thanked Michelin, calling the tire supplier a "terrific supporter" of TCR in Australia.