Whitley signs TCR deal with Supercars squad
Alexandra Whitley has inked a TCR Australia deal as part of a joint venture between Supercars regulars Matt Stone Racing and former Bathurst winner Jason Bright.
Known as Alliance Autosport, the deal will see MSR, which runs Todd Hazelwood in Supercars, take over the two Volkswagens that Bright recently imported into Australia.
Whitley and Bright will form the driver line-up, with MSR looking after preparation and logistics.
"I have never been to Sydney Motorsport Park before, and I’ve never driven a front-wheel-drive car before, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge of racing in the TCR Australia series,” said Whitley, a race winner in the New Zealand Utes series.
“TCR is going to be very competitive with some well-known drivers. If I can rub doors with some of them, I’ll know that I’m doing well.
“This is an opportunity that I have been working towards and I’m very grateful to Matt Stone and Jason Bright for helping to make it happen.
“Both Matt and Jason have years and years of experience. They really know what they are doing and I’m just looking forward to learning from their knowledge, soaking it up and doing my best.”
MSR boss Matt Stone agreed that teaming Whitley up with ex-Supercars ace Bright will speed up her learning process.
“Alexandra has proven that she is a very capable driver and has a vast amount of experience," said Stone.
"We’re really looking forward to working with her.
“Jason needs no introduction to Australian motorsport. We know he is going to be a front-runner from the word go and, importantly, he is going to help us get the most out of Alexandra as she gets up to speed in these cars.”
The inaugural TCR Australia series kicks off this Friday at SMP.
Confirmed TCR Australia drivers:
Tony D'Alberto (Wall Racing Honda)
John Martin (Wall Racing Honda)
Nathan Morcom (HMO Customer Racing Hyundai)
Will Brown (HMO Customer Racing Hyundai)
Jason Bright (Alliance Autosport Volkswagen)
Alexandra Whitley (Alliance Autosport Volkswagen)
Jimmy Vernon (Garry Rogers Motorsport Alfa Romeo)
Dylan O'Keeffe (Garry Rogers Motorsport/Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo)
Chris Pither (Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault
James Moffat (Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault)
Rik Breukers (Melbourne Performance Centre Audi)
Molly Taylor (Kelly Racing Subaru)
Alex Rullo (Kelly Racing Opel)