4th December 2023

Josh Buchan needed to beg, borrow, and steal his method to get to the observe as a teen. 

Now, the 28-year-old can name himself a TCR Australia Sequence touring automotive champion.

Slightly greater than 10 years after he began racing go karts on a shoestring price range, the Hyundai driver claimed the last word triumph at Mount Panorama.

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Josh Buchan celebrates profitable the TCR Australia Sequence. (Daniel Kalisz/Race Challenge)

Buchan summed up the perspective of those that have given him alternatives year-on-year.

“Why not that man?”

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Certainly, there was a sense coming into the season-ending Bathurst Worldwide that Buchan was an actual likelihood regardless of being 29 factors in arrears of teammate Bailey Sweeny.

Destiny would conspire towards Sweeny within the second race of the weekend as turbo bother relegated him to the pit lane.

The beginning of the third TCR World Tour/TCR Australia Sequence race at Mount Panorama. (Daniel Kalisz/Race Challenge)

Ultimately, a fifth place end within the TCR Australia Sequence ultimate secured Buchan the title.

“Oh man, it nonetheless would not really feel actual, to be sincere,” Buchan advised Stan Sport’s Chris Stubbs.

“The quantity of occasions I requested on the in-lap, ‘Are you joking? Are you critical? Do I’ve to do any extra garbage? Like I am over racing for this weekend, for this 12 months. Get it carried out, give me the goddamn trophy and let me get out of right here’. 

“I really feel very honoured and privileged to be on the grid, not to mention to win races, not to mention to take the sequence. Extremely humbled and gracious on this.”

There was a fortuitous cease for Buchan on the drive from Sydney to Bathurst, visiting the go kart observe at Lithgow the place his racing journey started.

“I ended up at Lithgow kart observe on the best way up right here the place it began and sort of simply smelt the air once more – nonetheless smells garbage – and I used to be simply considering, ‘Shit, I can not consider I am gonna drive over at Bathurst in a world touring automotive towards the very best on the earth, guys I’ve made associates with’,” stated Buchan.

“I simply can’t consider it.”

Buchan, visually exhausted, paid tribute to his teammate Sweeny who fell agonisingly wanting the title win. 

Simply 13 factors cut up them on the finish. 

Bailey Sweeny after dropping the TCR Australia Sequence title. (Daniel Kalisz/Race Challenge)

Sweeny gained 5 races to Bunchan’s two, one thing the champion acknowledged in his post-race interview.

“I do know he is in all probability listening. The man was tremendous unfortunate,” stated Buchan.

“He was the quickest automotive all 12 months, he was the quickest driver. I’ve misplaced issues like this earlier than the place that kind stuff occurs. He is a really deserving champion and he’ll have his day.”

Whereas the TCR Australia Sequence is over, the TCR World Tour will proceed on the Macau Grand Prix on November 16-19.

Cyan Racing’s Yann Ehrlacher sits equal first with Comtoyou Racing’s Rob Huff on 384 factors with one spherical remaining. 

BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse driver Norbert Michelisz sits one level again in third.

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