Will Brown opens up points lead with race two win

Will Brown opens up points lead with race two win

Will Brown
Photo: TCR Australia

HMO Customer Racing’s Will Brown took a dominant victory in the second TCR Australia race at Winton, as his chief championship rival Dylan O’Keeffe suffered with a puncture.

At the start, Saturday’s race winner and pole-sitter Jason Bright led the field, with Brown piling on the pressure in second. Further back, back-row starter James Moffat made contact with the rear wheel of Andre Heimgartner’s Holden, spinning the Renault out on the start line but without significant damage.

At the front, Hyundai driver Brown then made his move for the lead at Turn 3 on lap two, passing Bright who was pushing his Volkswagen to the track limits and beyond in his attempt to stay in front.

Brown then romped away to a comfortable 7.9 second win over Bright, extending his points lead in the process to a huge 93 points over his closest rival.

Bright held on to second to score his second podium finish of the weekend, whilst Melbourne Performance VW driver Aaron Cameron completed the podium after passing HMO’s Nathan Morcom at the final corner on the penultimate lap.

Morcom, who had been in a podium position for much of the race, had to settle for fourth, ahead of the leading Audi of Russell Ingall in fifth.

Andre Heimgartner returned to top ten form by taking sixth in the best Kelly Racing Holden, ahead of the leading Honda of Tony D’Alberto in seventh and team-mate John Martin in eighth.

GRM’s Jordan Cox and Melbourne Performance’s Liam McAdam completed the top ten in their Alfa Romeo and Audi cars respectively.

Disaster struck for championship challenger Dylan O’Keeffe just three laps from home when he picked up a puncture whilst running in fifth. The Alfa Romeo driver was thrown through the gravel and had to pit for new front-left rubber, re-joining to only finish in 15th.

Race three gets underway at 14:20 local time (05:20 BST, 06:20 CEST).

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 30 Will BROWN HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 18 25:20.2668 1:24.896 2
2 8 Jason BRIGHT Taskforce / Alliance Autosport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 7.905 1:25.361 1
3 16 Aaron CAMERON Melbourne Performance Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 9.296 1:25.434 5
4 11 Nathan MORCOM HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 18 10.413 1:25.394 4
5 100 Russell INGALL Melbourne Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 14.636 1:25.473 8
6 777 Andre HEIMGARTNER Kelly Racing Holden Astra TCR 18 18.715 1:26.014 7
7 50 Tony D’ALBERTO Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR 18 21.027 1:26.057 6
8 24 John MARTIN Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR 18 21.364 1:25.955 14
9 38 Jordan COX Garry Rogers Motorsport Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 18 22.403 1:25.940 17
10 97 Liam MCADAM Melbourne Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 22.838 1:26.095 10
11 3 Leanne TANDER Melbourne Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 24.780 1:26.070 12
12 34 James MOFFAT Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 18 26.279 1:25.671 18
13 22 Hamish RIBARITS Kelly Racing Holden Astra TCR 18 31.965 1:25.657 16
14 35 Alexandra WHITLEY Alliance Autosport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 18 45.403 1:26.115 13
15 9 Dylan O’KEEFFE Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 17 + 1 LAP 1:25.463 3
16 38 Tim BROOK Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR 17 + 1 LAP 1:25.676 9
R 6 Molly TAYLOR Kelly Racing Subaru WRX STi 15 DNF 1:27.234 11
R 37 Bryce FULLWOOD Kelly Racing Subaru WRX STi 12 DNF 1:26.348 15
R 33 Chris PITHER Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR 11 DNF 1:26.157 19