Luke King follows WTCR drive - Image: InSyde Media

By Dan McCarthy

After Luke King finished runner-up in the TCR Australia Series in 2021, Luke King was a surprising absence on the roster this year, but told Auto Action he had plans in place to race in WTCR later in the year.

WTCR is the world series of TCR competition and features some of the very best touring car drivers in the world at some of the most iconic circuits.

King admitted that he did plan to race in TCR Australia again this season, but due to the late end of last year he could not get enough sponsors for Round 1 and did not want to rush into any late deals.

“The late end to 2021 and the early start were really difficult for us to get sponsors approved in time,” King told Auto Action. “It was a challenge for us.”

“I would like to make a last-minute agreement, but it is not going very well in the end.

“I try to bring things in line so that we have a good deal for either the second half of this year or we do some very good one-off events, WTCR is your hot scoop.

“If all went well, I would like to say that we did the Bathurst 12 Hour, a WTCR round and helped a few people up and down here (in TCR Australia).

King knew after missing the first round that it would be better to look elsewhere and aim high.

“After fighting with Chaz for the championship last year, we really had to come back and fight for it again,” King felt.

“If we could not do that, you have to compete at a higher level and the path for TCR is Europe and the world series and that is where we want to be.

“The Spanish round looks pretty good, at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, but any of the European based rounds are great.

“We have some based Asian sponsors that will continue from 2021, so the Macau Grand Prix is ​​definitely on the bucket list, there are some cute events I would like to be in and these are the ones we are targeting.”

To date, only one Australian has raced in the WTCR.

Garry Rogers Motorsport driver Dylan O’Keeffe drove a Vukovic Motorsport prepared Renault Megane and was competitive all weekend.

“The Renault, as we all know, is probably not the best package, he knocked on the door of the top 10, so I think we can go and do the same thing,” King firmly believes.

“The caliber of the category is quite high in Australia. This is a good measure for us, it shows we can also do WTCR. ”

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