Burson returns as Bargwanna team set for Audi debut this weekend
THE BARGWANNA family racing squad will gain some valuable pre-Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour miles this weekend, when Ben Bargwanna makes the competitive debut of their newly acquired Audi TTRS at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The car was unveiled with Burson Auto Parts backing at Sydney Motorsport Park this afternoon, where the TCR Australia frontrunner will compete amidst a packed NSW Production Touring Car grid at the Sydney circuit.
As well as making their competitive debut with the five cylinder, all-wheel-drive coupe, the team has also confirmed that existing backers Burson Auto Parts will return to support their program on the Mountain in 2022.
The company backed the team’s VW Golf entry in the race this year, Ben and Jude Bargwanna combining to finish second in class – after leading a chunk of the six-hour Production Car classic throughout the day before a late Safety Car hurt their winning aspirations.
The automotive parts retailer also supports the Bargwanna’s TCR Australia program with former Bathurst winner Jason Bargwanna and Ben sharing the driving duties in a pair of Peugeot 308 TCR entries.
Following the first four rounds of the championship, Ben sits 11th in the championship and Jason 14th – with the finale’ to come at Mount Panorama this December.
The 2022 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour will see the Bargwanna team line up against what is expected to be a full field of Production-based vehicles in Australia’s ‘showroom showdown’ enduro.
The race will be held on the Easter Long weekend, April 15-17, next year.
“It’s great to be able to continue our commercial partnership with Burson Auto Parts into 2022,” Ben Bargwanna said.
“Burson have been great supporters through our TCR Australia campaign and they supported us this year for the Bathurst 6 Hour as well and we’re excited to have them back on board. They look good on the car – hopefully we can make them look even better with some good results!
“We’re excited about Bathurst, it’s always cool when you get the whole family together to have a crack.
“I’m having my first run in the car this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park, they’re sprint races but it’s a great chance to learn about the car and have some fun at the same time.
“It’s an all-wheel-drive car and I’ve never driven one of those before, but it’s a fast car. We’ve done our research and seen what the recent owners of the car have done with it, so we’re excited to see what it can do. Jude has had a run in it and loved it.
“It’s just great to go racing again – it’s been a few months so it’s going to be really cool to get back behind the wheel!”
“It’s awesome to have Burson back on board. They supported us this year and were a big help in getting us to the Mountain,” Jude Bargwanna said.
“It’s always great to get the family back together again at Bathurst, having a bit of a reunion with the family out and about and helping.
“The car is great. I drove it two weekends ago at a club meeting and it went well. We tested a few things and are slowly getting our heads around the car, making some changes and seeing what we need to do before Bathurst.
“We had our eye on a few different cars for Bathurst next year, but when this popped up we saw it had some good history and good results and jumped straight onto it.
“We’ve got some unfinished business from last year so we’re determined to do our best and go for the class win.”