Brad Harris is looking forward to making his Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series debut at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this weekend as the world-famous venue hosts the third round of the Shannons SpeedSeries.
Harris will certainly be debuting in style as he gets behind the wheel of the Wall Racing backed 1998 Honda Civic FK7 TCR, formally driven by Fabian Coulthard and John Martin in previous years.
Backed by Exclusive Switchboards, Alliance Metal Solutions and Aesthetic Building and Facades, Harris recently revealed the livery ahead of his debut.
Although the New South Welshman will debut in the category, he is no stranger to the racetrack having been behind the wheel since the age of 16, where he competed in the Mazda Group Production Series before joining the RX8 Cup in 2019.
With Wall Racing providing plenty of support for Harris and his team in preparation for Phillip Island, the 30-year-old has had more time in the car to further understand the technical aspects of the car.
“Wall Racing has been very accommodating, helping us get in the car and get used to the car, meaning we were able to learn a lot on the test day,” Harris said.
“They have been very helpful with the production side of things, and I cannot wait to get started.”
Admittedly, the transition to TCR will present its challenges to Harris, but he was confident his experiences in other categories would help him adjust quickly.
“I’m used to front wheel drives, but I will just need to get used to the TCR wings while gaining valuable experience on the slick tyres,” Harris explained.
“The car has plenty of power, more than I have driven with before, but everything went really well at the test, so that gives me plenty of confidence.
“We want to go out and have some fun, the aim isn’t to break any records but to see if we can be somewhere in the midpack, It’s a big learning weekend.”
As for the challenges he would face, Harris was looking to put his driving ability to the test.
“It will be good to go out and see where we are at, I have done a lot of driving in equal cars during the RX8 Cup, so having the differences between cars in TCR with some tracks playing advantages over others is going to allow me to put my own driving to the test,” Harris stated.
“I am now 30, I’m in my prime so I’m excited to go out and have a skip.”
Tickets for the third Shannons SpeedSeries event of the season are still available via motorsporttickets.com.au.
For those who are unable to make the trip to Phillip Island, Stan Sport will provide live and uninterrupted coverage from most of Saturday and Sunday’s action, while 9Gem will also broadcast three hours of Saturday afternoon’s racing.
The second round of the 2023 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series takes place at the Shannons SpeedSeries’ round at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on 12-14 May.