Jay Hanson took victory in the second TCR Australia race at Queensland Raceway, after majority leader Michael Caruso suffered from a late race engine issues whilst in the lead.
Caruso had started from pole position for the partially-reversed grid race, and the Ashley Seward Motorsport driver then lead 19 of the race’s 21 laps before late heartbreak struck, forcing him to slow into retirement.
Lachlan Mineeff had been due to start alongside Caruso on the front row of the grid, but a transponder issue forced him to start from the pitlane.
That meant Caruso was defending from Michael Clemente at the start of the race, but Clemente ran wide in his Honda and allowed Melbourne Performance Centre’s Will Brown to move into second.
Brown then inherited the lead on lap 19 when smoke began to emerge from the back of Caruso’s Alfa Romeo late in the race and he slowed to retire.
But Brown’s lead would only last a lap as the hard-charging Hanson, in a newer-specification Audi, got by a lap later and went on to claim his fourth victory of the season.
Brown finished just under two seconds behind in second, remarkably only the 2019 champion’s second visit to the podium this season.
Luke King brought his independent Hyundai home in third.
Jordan Cox was the top Peugeot finisher in fourth, benefitting when Clemente ran wide through both of the opening turns to gain a place from his starting position.
Saturday’s race one winner and points leader Tony D’Alberto was fifth in his Wall Racing Honda, ahead of the independent Civic of Zac Soutar in sixth.
After a retirement in race one, GRM’s James Moffat was seventh in the top Renault, whilst Clemente brought his Honda home in eighth after his opening lap dramas.
The top ten was completed by Josh Buchan’s Hyundai – penalised in race one for contact with Caruso yesterday, costing him the reverse-grid pole – and HMO Customer Racing team-mate Bailey Sweeny, who had run wide on the opening lap and dropped outside the top ten at one stage.
Title contender Dylan O’Keeffe retired after just four laps with a hole in the radiator on his Peugeot, whilst Aaron Cameron also retired with just two laps left to run.
Race three is scheduled to get underway at 16:10 AEST (07:10 BST, 08:10 CEST).
|1||9||Jay HANSON||AWC MPC Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR 2021||21||26:17.0894||1:13.909||8|
|2||999||Will BROWN||MPC Team Liqui Moly||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||21||1.774||1:14.185||3|
|3||2||Luke KING||MOUTAI / Zip Pay||Hyundai i30 N TCR||21||5.756||1:14.364||6|
|4||33||Jordan COX||Swyftx GRM||Peugeot 308 TCR||21||6.628||1:14.355||5|
|5||50||Tony D’ALBERTO||Honda Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||21||8.758||1:14.423||10|
|6||110||Zac SOUTAR||Team Soutar Motorsport||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||21||9.321||1:14.238||9|
|7||34||James MOFFAT||LCMT+ Racing GRM||Renault Mégane RS TCR||21||10.186||1:13.950||17|
|8||15||Michael CLEMENTE||Michael Clemente Motorsport||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||21||11.696||1:14.227||4|
|9||30||Josh BUCHAN||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||21||12.496||1:14.415||14|
|10||11||Nathan MORCOM||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||21||13.155||1:14.593||16|
|11||130||Bailey SWEENY||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||21||13.735||1:14.286||7|
|12||71||Ben BARGWANNA||Burson Auto Parts Racing||Peugeot 308 TCR||21||14.929||1:14.504||15|
|13||14||Lachlan MINEEFF||Purple Sector||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR||21||15.462||1:14.009||2|
|14||41||Kody GARLAND||Valvoline Racing GRM||Renault Mégane RS TCR||21||19.728||1:14.553||18|
|15||22||Iain MCDOUGALL||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||21||20.859||1:14.487||12|
|16||18||Aaron CAMERON||Team Valvoline GRM||Peugeot 308 TCR||19||+ 2 LAPS||1:14.555||13|
|R||10||Michael CARUSO||Ashley Seward Motorsport||Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR||18||DNF||1:14.069||1|
|R||8||Dylan O’KEEFFE||Schaeffler GRM||Peugeot 308 TCR||4||DNF||1:14.874||11|