Willmington switches from S5000 to TCR

Braydan Willmington and his Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce

Braydan Willmington is set to switch codes in 2022, confirming he will be taking part in the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series.

The 23-year-old participated this year in the first four-round VHT S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship, where he finished as number 10.

Now the new South Welshman must take on a new challenge.

Wilmington has bought ex-Garry Rogers Motorsport Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce, formerly driven by Jordan Cox.

It’s a car that enjoyed success in 2021, with Cox winning four races en route to third place in the series.

Wilmington, who recently tested the car on the 1.6-mile-long Pheasant Wood Circuit, said he is eager to get behind the wheel of a front-wheel-drive car.

“I’m used to driving that kind of car, so it should be a much easier learning curve compared to the S5000,” Willmington said.

“I’ve driven quite a few grassroots circuits, and almost all of it was front-wheel drive.

“I have a lot more knowledge about these types of cars, and Dad is much more excited that we are also going on touring car racing.

“Hopefully it will be easier for us, because just as much as we enjoyed the S5000, it was truly an alien race car for us.

“My first impression of TCR is that they are very cool. They have a decent amount of power, are very stable and the Alfa is really nice to drive.

“I enjoyed the test and I can not wait to get back in the car.”

It will be the first time in almost two decades that the Willmington name is back in the touring car scene.

His father Garry was a regular in the Bathurst 1000 through the 1980s and 1990s, competing in the Great Race on 21 occasions.

The team has already partially dressed the car in the same yellow and green colors that Wilmington Snr campaigned for.

For the youngster, top 10 rankings are his goal in his debut campaign in the TCR Australia Series.

“I want to be in the top 10 at some point,” he said.

“Whether it’s at the start or end of the season, we’ll see, but we want to consistently run in the top 10, whether it’s this year or next year.”

2022 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series kicks off at Symmons Plains Raceway on 11-13. February.

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