Kody Garland returns to happy hunting ground

Rising star Kody Garland will return to the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series starting off at the Thrifty Newcastle 500 this weekend.

Since his debut in 2019, Garland has become a proven frontrunner in the category and has fond memories of Newcastle as it is the location of his maiden podium appearance, which aided in the New South Welshman securing Rookie of the Year honours at season’s end.

Interrupted years in 2020 and 2021 has made Garland’s rise even more impressive given he led the title after three rounds were held in the latter season before the remaining events were cancelled.

Finishing 13th in last year’s standings is not indicative of Garland’s title credentials after missing two rounds. From the six events he did contest, four race wins and three overall podium placings were the result, highlighted by round victory at The Bend Motorsport Park.

“I’m feeling very confident heading into Round 1 and I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel,” said Garland.

“Newcastle is a very challenging and risky circuit. It’s got a combination of everything with bumps, undulation, tight corners and that fast downhill section. It’s actually a very good track for the Aussie Racing Cars.

“When you string the lap together with a fast time it’s extremely rewarding.

“I’ll have to make sure I shake my TCR habits in the first practice session, there are a couple of small things for me to think about like going back to a gear stick and reverting to blipping the throttle, those sorts of things. I’m not fazed by it though; I’ve driven the Aussie Racing Cars enough times now for it to be pretty much second nature.

“It will be a massive field for the category, so I’m looking forward to a pretty wild weekend.”

Opening practice for the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series at Newcastle commences at 9:35am AEDT.

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Round 1
Bathurst 500
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Feb 23-25
Round 2
Queensland Raceway
Australian Super Bike Championship
Apr 26-28
Round 3
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May 17-19
Round 4
Townsville 500
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Round 5
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