Nathan Morcom headed an HMO Customer Racing 1-2 in the final TCR Australia race at Sydney Motorsport Park, getting ahead of pole-sitter Jordan Cox at the start of the race.
With the grid for race three being formed by the best scores from the opening two races of the weekend, Cox found himself on pole despite having had a best result of third in the second race earlier in the day.
Morcom, who had endured a five-place grid penalty prior to race one after qualifying in second, had the second-best score prior to the race and lined up alongside Cox on the front row, with Luke King starting third ahead of Jay Hanson in fourth.
At the start, Cox held his lead through the first turns with Morcom slotting into second, as King held third from Dylan O’Keeffe.
Morcom made his move for the lead at Turn 6, with King following though after muscling Cox wide at the following corner.
As far as the lead was concerned, that was it as Morcom maintained his advantage at the front for the rest of the race, with a comfortable margin over King.
King held second for the first ten laps, but a charging Josh Buchan, who had won race one earlier in the weekend, demoted him on the 12th lap.
King then looked like he was going to hold on to the final podium place, but on the final lap Cox pipped him to the post, with King in fourth, just half a second further back.
GRM’s O’Keeffe took the chequered flag in sixth, gaining one place from his starting position, ahead of Melbounre Performance Centre’s Will Brown in sixth.
Brown had to again start the race from the back of the grid due to the lack of points he had accrued from retiring from the opening race and then having to battle through the field in race two.
Brown’s team-mate Jay Hanson had run as high as fourth, but he slipped down the order after the first lap and finished in seventh, having battled with O’Keeffe in the early stages, but on the second lap he was muscled down to tenth in a move initiated by the Peugeot of Aaron Cameron.
In the same train of cars, Fabian Coulthard was knocked into a spin on the second lap, dropping him down to 19th.
Hanson was able to claw back two places on the next lap, initially with a bold move past Michael Clemente at the first turn before passing Zac Soutar’s Honda at the next corner.
Hanson actually ran in sixth and ahead of Brown at the mid-stage of the race, but he lost a place to Brown three laps from the finish.
Clemente took eighth, whilst the top ten was completed by the Hyundai of Bailey Sweeny and the Peugeot of Ben Bargwanna, who concluded a tough weekend riddled with turbo hose issues with a top ten finish.
Ashley Seward Motorsport’s Michael Caruso finished a lap down in 20th having suffered from a broken rim, whilst GRM’s James Moffat retired from the race after the opening lap due to contact with team-mate Ben Bargwanna on the opening lap.
Cameron was demoted to 12th in the final half of the race.
Championship leader Tony D’Alberto dropped to 19th on the opening lap following contact with Brad Shiels’ Hyundai and he never really recovered, having fought with bent steering in his Honda, ending the race in 16th, although he maintains a 22-point series lead over O’Keeffe.
Lachlan Minneeff would have been classified in 15th but he was handed a post-race ten-second penalty for contact with Braydan Willmington, dropping the Volkswagen driver to 19th.
The next TCR Australia event takes place at Queensland Raceway on August 5-7.
|1||11||Nathan MORCOM||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||27:19.3179||1:35.649||2|
|2||30||Josh BUCHAN||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||0.563||1:35.081||5|
|3||33||Jordan COX||Swyftx GRM||Peugeot 308 TCR||17||5.020||1:35.459||1|
|4||2||Luke KING||MOUTAI / Zip Pay||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||5.549||1:35.577||3|
|5||8||Dylan O’KEEFFE||Schaeffler GRM||Peugeot 308 TCR||17||8.569||1:35.649||6|
|6||999||Will BROWN||MPC Team Liqui Moly||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||17||14.330||1:35.521||20|
|7||9||Jay HANSON||AWC MPC Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR 2021||17||14.630||1:35.708||4|
|8||15||Michael CLEMENTE||Michael Clemente Motorsport||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||17||18.494||1:36.107||12|
|9||130||Bailey SWEENY||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||18.944||1:35.945||13|
|10||71||Ben BARGWANNA||Burson Auto Parts Racing||Peugeot 308 TCR||17||19.658||1:36.263||18|
|11||41||Kody GARLAND||Valvoline Racing GRM||Renault Mégane RS TCR||17||22.729||1:36.348||21|
|12||18||Aaron CAMERON||Team Valvoline GRM||Peugeot 308 TCR||17||26.723||1:36.615||9|
|13||333||Brad SHIELS||Royal Purple Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||17||26.791||1:36.640||10|
|14||110||Zac SOUTAR||Team Soutar Motorsport||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||17||34.603||1:36.690||8|
|15||24||Fabian COULTHARD||Stan Sport Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||17||35.033||1:36.205||17|
|16||50||Tony D’ALBERTO||Honda Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||17||35.394||1:36.988||7|
|17||22||Iain MCDOUGALL||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||17||35.498||1:36.847||19|
|18||89||Braydan WILLMINGTON||Braydan Willmington Motorsport||Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR||17||35.848||1:36.540||15|
|19||14||Lachlan MINEEFF||Purple Sector||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||17||44.629||1:36.681||14|
|20||10||Michael CARUSO||Ashley Seward Motorsport||Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR||16||+ 1 LAP||1:35.488||16|
|R||34||James MOFFAT||LCMT+ Racing GRM||Renault Mégane RS TCR||1||DNF||1:48.700||11|