O’Keeffe to run in TCR as late inclusion

The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series will welcome a late inclusion ahead of the 2024 season opener at this weekend’s Race Sandown, with Dylan O’Keeffe to make his return to the category.

Driving in the series for the first time since 2022, O’Keeffe will pilot the Ashley Seward Motorsport (ASM) Autoglym Lynk & Co car left vacant by Tom Oliphant, setting up a long awaited TCR reunion between driver and team.

While Ashley Seward Motorsport has enjoyed victories in every season, O’Keeffe is its most successful driver, with his fifth-place finish in the 2019 season the team’s best.

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The inaugural season was the last time O’Keeffe drove for the team, however his four race wins and four further podiums in the Alfa Romeo Giulietta also served as his best campaign in the series.

The relationship also extends outside of TCR, with the Victorian having run in the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia Series and the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Championship with ASM.

With O’Keeffe having been behind the wheel of a handful of TCR cars over the years, the 25-year-old was looking forward to driving one he considered the best of the lot.

“The Lynk & Co is the best TCR car that I’ve driven so far, it is extremely responsive, and you have a lot at your disposal to tune the car exactly how you need it,” O’Keeffe said.

“TCR has been an extremely enjoyable category for me to compete in over the years. The level of competition is right up there, and the field is full of talented drivers and teams. To be back with Ash (Seward) is great, we’ve achieved a lot throughout my career.

“That 2019 season in TCR was a lot of fun, and every time I’ve gone racing for Ash he’s delivered an exceptional car. His preparation is second to none, and there’s no doubt the Lynk & Co will be in top shape when it rolls out for the weekend.

“I’ve enjoyed a fair amount of success at Sandown in the past, so I can’t wait to get going this weekend.”

Although O’Keeffe and ASM will be reunited for the first time in a while, the team and its major sponsor Autoglym will enter its fourth consecutive year together, with the British car care company having backed the Alfa Romeo in 2021 and 2022, and the Lynk & Co last year.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with ASM in TCR,” Autoglym AustraliaHead of Marketing David Turney added.

“2024 is looking great for the category, Ash and his team have got all the ducks in a row, and with Dylan at the wheel, there’s a winning combination, so we’re excited.”

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Race Sandown takes place at Sandown International Raceway on 9-11 February.