By Auto Action
Date posted: September 29, 2022
French Peugeot star Teddy Clairet has been confirmed as the first international driver to compete at the inaugural Supercheap Auto Bathurst International at Mount Panorama on November 11-13.
Clairet is a two-time winner of French touring car titles and currently races in TCR Europe with his family-run Team Clairet Sport in a Peugeot 308 TCR.
He will join another family-based race team, Garry Rogers Motorsport, in what will be the team’s fifth Peugeot entry for the final round of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series at the famous Mount Panorama circuit.
Clairet joins regular GRM Peugeot drivers Jordan Cox, Aaron Cameron, Dylan O’Keeffe and Ben Bargwanna for the last round of the 2022 season.
The 28-year-old said he is eyeing the challenge of steering the Peugeot around The Mountain.
“I’m really excited to come to Australia and race there,” said Clairet.
“Bathurst is a mythical track so, for me it’s a dream to race there and I’m really looking forward to discover this wonderful place. 
“I have a lot of respect for this kind of track so I will use all the help that I can find to understand the track and enjoy the race.
“From what I’ve seen, there are a lot of fans over the track, and the atmosphere seems really good in the paddock, with passionate people.
“I want to enjoy this experience and I would like to thank again the trust from Peugeot Sport and Garry Rogers Motorsport.”
Frenchman Teddy Clairet has been racing a Peugeot in the 2022 TCR Europe season and will be heading to Bathurst in November.
Clairet has followed the Peugeot Sport development pathway, ascending to TCR Europe where he and brother Jimmy spearheaded the French manufacturer’s hopes last year, taking victory on home soil at Paul Ricard.
Racing in the Peugeot 208 Racing Cup France in 2013, Clairet jumped onto Peugeot’s radar in 2018 by winning the Peugeot 308 Racing Cup for the family team.
Representing Peugeot in TCR Europe for the past three seasons, Clairet also finished second in the inaugural TCR Spa 500 in 2019 and has won two touring car titles in France.
Clairet said his previous experience with the French manufacturer could hold him in good stead at GRM.
“Of course I know the car very well, so that’s a good point. Also I know that Garry Rogers Motorsport is a super team which also knows the car really well,” he said.
“I’m fully confident they will provide me a great car to compete against the grid, and that they will put me in the best condition to fight for a strong result.
“I really often watch highlights from TCR Australia, I’m following a lot the results in the series and I know that there is a very strong field. 
“They are all specialists so I know that it will be hard on track. The races are full of entertainment, so I will do my best, respecting all the drivers and try to reach the best that I can.”
The drive also marks GRM’s close ties with Peugeot Sport and constructor Stellantis. 
The Melbourne-based team has five of the fast 308 machines in its stable, and will also see Aaron Cameron venture to France at the end of October to represent Australia in the FIA Motorsport Games at Paul Ricard – driving a Peugeot 308 TCR. 
GRM director Barry Rogers said Clairet will bring plenty of experience to his team.
“It will be fantastic to welcome Teddy into the GRM squad and have him as international representation at the Bathurst International,” said Rogers.
“Teddy is a very experienced racer, and a really lovely guy too. He races in his family team, and that’s what we are all about at GRM. He is going to fit in really well.
“We’re looking forward to seeing how Teddy goes at Bathurst, while we will also have one eye on the series title too. Our man Jordan Cox is right in the fight for the title, and we’re all pushing as hard as we can to ensure that Jordan and the rest of our team are right at the pointy end of the field at Mount Panorama in November.”
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