Will Brown takes pole position at Winton

Will Brown takes pole position at Winton

Will Brown
Photo: TCR Australia

HMO Customer Racing’s TCR Australia points leader Will Brown took pole position at the Winton Motor Raceway, denying Kelly Racing’s Andre Heimgartner by two tenths of a second.

It marks the first pole for both Brown and Hyundai in the new series, as a confident Brown elected not to even take to the track for the final ten minutes of the session.

Wall Racing’s John Martin was third fastest, a mere 0.0008 seconds slower than Heimgartner in second, the latter making his second appearance in one of Kelly Racing’s Holden Astras.

“I decided to go early because it was only going to get hotter and then the cars get slower,” said Brown. “I used up both of my sets of new front tyres and that was it.

“I was a bit nervous in the end, but I survived. I thought Martin might have got me, but he didn’t.”

Brown’s closest title challenger, Ashley Seward Motorsport’s Dylan O’Keeffe, was fourth fastest in his Alfa Romeo, ahead of the second Wall Racing Honda of Tony D’Alberto in fifth.

Jason Bright was sixth in his Volkswagen, after a close battle for second ultimately saw the Alliance Autosport driver end up just four tenths from pole.

Aaron Cameron put his Melbourne Performance Volkswagen in seventh, ahead of the second Hyundai of Nathan Morcom in eighth.

Completing the top ten were the GRM Alfa of Jordan Cox and Melbourne Performance’s Russell Ingall.

TCR Australia Race 1 will begin at 1415 AEST (05:15 BST, 06:15 CEST).

Qualifying result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 30 Will BROWN HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 9 1:24.098 0.000
2 777 Andre HEIMGARTNER Kelly Racing Holden Astra TCR 12 1:24.323 0.225
3 24 John MARTIN Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR 15 1:24.323 0.225
4 9 Dylan O’KEEFFE Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 16 1:24.410 0.312
5 50 Tony D’ALBERTO Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR 18 1:24.455 0.357
6 8 Jason BRIGHT Taskforce / Alliance Autosport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 1:24.511 0.413
7 16 Aaron CAMERON Melbourne Performance Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 1:24.567 0.469
8 11 Nathan MORCOM HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 14 1:24.686 0.588
9 38 Jordan COX Garry Rogers Motorsport Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 14 1:24.734 0.636
10 100 Russell INGALL Melbourne Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 16 1:24.763 0.665
11 34 James MOFFAT Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 13 1:24.919 0.821
12 38 Tim BROOK Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR 15 1:24.920 0.822
13 97 Liam MCADAM Melbourne Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 1:24.975 0.877
14 33 Chris PITHER Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 14 1:25.097 0.999
15 3 Leanne TANDER Melbourne Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 16 1:25.141 1.043
16 22 Hamish RIBARITS Kelly Racing Holden Astra TCR 14 1:25.708 1.610
17 37 Bryce FULLWOOD Kelly Racing Subaru WRX STi 14 1:26.029 1.931
18 35 Alexandra WHITLEY Alliance Autosport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 1:26.727 2.629
19 6 Molly TAYLOR Kelly Racing Subaru WRX STi 16 1:27.239 3.141