Garry Rogers Motorsport has elected to make a driver change for Round 4 of the car sales TCR Australia Series at Queensland Raceway next weekend.
Rogers has recruited stand-out debutant Jordan Cox to his Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce, replacing Jimmy Vernon in the #7 Alfa.
The change, at this stage, is a one-off, with the intention for Vernon to return to the team for Round 5 at Winton next month.
Cox made an incredible debut in the recent round of TCR Australia at The Bend in South Australia, driving Wall Racing’s third Honda entry.
Cox qualified strongly and was in contention for podium over the weekend, picking up a best result of fourth in Race 3.
Round 4 of the car sales TCR Australia Series will be held at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich on August 2-4. Two practice sessions will be held on Friday, followed by qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday and two 30 minutes races on Sunday.
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Garry Rogers Motorsport
“Jordan Cox will be in the #7 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce at Queensland Raceway, following his impressive debut in the Honda at Tailem Bend,” said Barry Rogers.
“We have been watching Jordan for several years and he is very impressive in a front wheel drive car. Like many he came to our attention following the on board vision across the top of Mt Panorama and a couple of years ago we watched him in his Honda Civic at the Adelaide 500 where again he showed immense ability in a front wheel drive car.
“We obviously have several cars on the horizon for 2020 and there will be drives available, so it’s a good opportunity to assess possible candidates. For us, a driver’s ability is very important, but even more so is how they integrate with the team and their work ethic and attitude.
“Jimmy (Vernon) is a young up and coming talent and we identified him during the 2017 Toyota 86 Championship, which he went on to win.
“Jimmy is a young man with plenty on his plate including the responsibilities of running the families sign writing business.
“After getting involved in a few incidents, we felt it best to give him a round on the sidelines to take breath and really think about how he goes about his racing and how much he really wants to do it.
“We expect that the break will do Jimmy the world of good and he’ll be back behind the wheel at Winton for Round 5.”
Driver, #7 GRM Alfa Romeo
“It’s an outstanding opportunity. It’s the biggest chance I’ve ever had in motorsport and one that I’ve very grateful for,” said Jordan Cox.
“It’s a bit of mixed feelings. We were making progress with Wall Racing, they are great guys, but Garry put an awesome deal on the table and its one that I have to take.
“I really can’t thank David’s efforts enough for getting me on the grid at The Bend, but for my future, the chance to race with GRM in the Alfa was too good to refuse.
“It’s a different team and different car, but I’d like to pick up where I left The Bend. I want to work toward getting the car suited to myself as quickly as possible. One thing I learnt from The Bend is that you aren’t going to walk in and towel everyone up … you need to work at it to be successful. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.”