Wall Racing has unveiled the livery for Brad Harris’ #74 Honda Civic Type R, which will appear on track alongside reigning champ Tony D’Alberto’s #1 car for this weekend’s second round at Phillip Island.
The Honda Civic Type R to be driven by Harris will be backed by Exclusive Switchboards, Alliance Metal Solutions and Aesthetic Building and Facades.
The Civic has an impressive record at Phillip Island, winning two races last year in the hands of Fabian Coulthard. Previously, it was raced by John Martin.
While it will be Harris’ first appearance in TCR, the Sydneysider has shown front-running form in other categories including the competitive Mazda RX8 Cup Series, in which he is a six-time race winner. He has also produced some giant-killing performances aboard a Suzuki Swift in the NSW Under 2 Litre Improved Production Championship.
Harris said the progression to TCR will enable him to test himself against an assortment of well-credentialled drivers.
“I wanted to take on a new challenge this season, and I identified TCR as a category with a high level of talent across the entire field – it will be the most competitive category I’ve ever raced in,” Harris said.
Harris recently tested the Civic at Sydney Motorsport Park, identifying aerodynamics as the trickiest aspect of the car to understand.
“I’ve raced a front-wheel-drive car before with the Swift, but the Civic is the first car I’ve driven with slicks and aero,” Harris said.
“The racing lines and driving techniques are very different from what I’m used to, so I’ve had to completely change my driving style.
“Fortunately for me, the Wall Racing team have a lot of experience and knowledge with these types of cars, so being able to tap into their expertise will make the transition much easier for me.”
While this weekend marks the first time Harris has driven for Wall Racing, team owner David Wall explained the Harris-Wall family relationship is a long-standing one.
“I’ve known Brad since he was a kid, his dad Bill used to race against my dad Des in Sports Sedans and we’ve always been close family friends,” Wall said.
“I’ve been watching Brad’s progression in Improved Production and RX8s and I’ve been impressed with his speed and race-craft. He’s approaching Phillip Island with the right mindset, with a total focus on learning and improving.”
This weekend’s TCR races will all be shown live on Stan Sport, while the Saturday race will also be shown live on 9Gem/9Go (check local guides).
TCR Australia Round 2 Schedule
Friday, 12 May
12:10pm – TCR Australia Practice 1 (30 min)
3:25pm – Practice 2 (30 min)
Saturday, 13 May
11:35am – Qualifying 1 (15 min)
11:55am – Qualifying 2 (10 min)
4:15pm – Race 1 (30 min)
Sunday, 14 May
11:30am – Race 2 (30 min)
4:15pm – Race 3 (30 min)