TCR podium placer Kody Garland will return to the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series full-time in 2024 as he targets title success.
Garland contested the opening two rounds of this year’s series at Newcastle and Queensland Raceway where he was a contender at both venues before he was forced to focus on his TCR Australia commitments.
Making his Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series debut on the streets of Adelaide in 2019, Garland emerged as a frontrunner in the class.
Part of Garry Rogers Motorsport’s various campaigns for the last two seasons, Garland brings plenty of experience from TCR and S5000 to the category where he finished on the podium at Race Tasmania in a Peugeot 308 TCR.
Garland is targeting the Aussie Racing Cars title on his return after watching Osborn’s Transport driver Joel Heinrich take this year’s crown.
A large and exciting field is expected to tackle the opening round of the 2024 Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series supporting the Repco Supercars Championship at the Thrifty Bathurst 500 on February 23-25.
“It’s going to be a great year, I’m excited to say that at the very least,” said Garland.
“I think the level of competition has stepped up and I’ve kept a close eye on the category since I enjoy racing in it so much. Given the results from the last few events, there’s no shortage of talent in the field and I’m really excited to come back to be part of it.
“The category always provides good, close, competitive racing, which is everything that I like.
“Newcastle didn’t fall into our hands. We qualified at the front, so we had the pace that weekend, but unfortunately we had a bit of contact in Race 1 that sent me to the back. At a street circuit it was tough, but I did manage to finish third in the last race to claw back.
“I had the round win at Queensland Raceway until the last corner of the final lap, but that’s all part of it. It was a great weekend at Queensland Raceway, we enjoyed some good, consistent results, we had good pace.
“We’ve come to the realisation this year that we go motor racing to have fun and we want to enjoy it. I can’t think of a better category to go and do that in, it brings it back to us racing together as a family of which I really enjoy racing in that environment.
“There’s a little bit of work to do on the car between now and Round 1 before we get on track to put it all back together.
“I want to do it to find my enjoyment and passion for racing again because the situation I was in as well as what we were doing, I was losing these.
“I think we’re more than capable of taking out the title, so that is the plan.
“We’re trying to finalise our sponsors for next year, but I expect all our supporters to return.”