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Brown avoids chaos to head Hyundai 1-2 in Race 3

Tom Howard

Sunday 9th June, 2019 - 3:08pm

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Will Brown came through a chaotic opening lap to head a HMO Customer Racing Hyundai one-two in the final TCR Australia race at Phillip Island.

The series leader managed to escape a carnage-filled first corner to grab the lead which he maintained after a lengthy Safety Car period to take a comfortable victory to return to the top of the standings.

Brown’s team-mate Nathan Morcom followed the sister Hyundai i30 home in second while Aaron Cameron (Melbourne Performance Centre, Volkswagen) secured the final place on the podium.   

Chaos ensued at the start which was triggered by Race 2 winner O’Keeffe losing control and spinning his Alfa Romeo off the road at Turn 1.

Hamish Ribarits (Melbourne Performance Centre, Audi) took to the grass to avoid the car and rejoined at the Southern Loop and appeared to run Chelsea Angelo (Kelly Racing, Opel/Holden) off the road in the process. 

Garth Tander, who made the start in his repaired Audi, recovered a slide to avoid the pair.  

However, worse was to happen behind as Andre Heimgartner (Kelly Racing, Subaru) made contact with the fast starting Tony D’Alberto, who then touched Wall Racing Honda team-mate John Martin into a spin.

The out of control Martin backed into the passenger side of O’Keeffe at speed causing big damage to both cars. Martin managed to bring the car back to the pits. 

Alexandra Whitley (Alliance Autosport, Volkswagen) was also involved in the incident and was forced out of the race.

Racing eventually resumed on lap 7 after the Safety Car was immediately deployed.

Brown, who had assumed the lead at the start, bolted on the restart with HMO Customer Racing team-mate Morcom behind.

The pair soon gapped the field as Cameron (Melbourne Performance Centre, Volkswagen) dived by Alex Rullo (Kelly Racing, Opel/Holden) to claim third.

Rullo soon found himself under attack from a train of cars that saw him quickly fall to eighth.

Incredibly Garth Tander found himself in eighth having started from 18th on the grid but the 2007 Supercars champion was on a charge, passing, Chris Pither (Garry Rogers Motorsport, Renault) Heimgartner and James Moffat (Garry Rogers Motorsport, Renault) to grab fourth.

Tander held firm to finish fourth with Moffat coming home in fifth which was enough to finish second for the round.

Heimgartner brought his Subaru to the flag in sixth ahead of Pither and Jason Bright, who surged to eighth from the rear of the field. 

The top 10 was completed by Ribarits and Leanne Tander while Rullo dropped to 12th position having briefly held third.

TCR Australia will head to The Bend Motorsport Park for Round 3 from July 12-14.

Results: TCR Australia Race 3, Phillip Island

Pos Car Competitor/Team Driver Vehicle Laps  Race time Fastest lap
1  30 HMO Customer Racing William Brown Hyundai i30N   13 27:29.5800 1:37.3435
2  11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N   13 27:30.0660 1:37.5072
3   2 Melbourne Performance Centre Aaron Cameron Volkswagen Golf GTI   13 27:33.5049 1:37.5848
4   4 Melbourne Performance Centre Garth Tander Audi RS 3   13 27:36.0648 1:37.6922
5  34 Garry Rogers Motorsport James Moffat Renault Megane RS   13 27:37.5063 1:38.1651
6 777 Kelly Racing Andre Heimgartner Subaru WRX STi   13 27:38.1335 1:37.9733
7  33 Garry Rogers Motorsport Chris Pither Renault Megane RS   13 27:38.9846 1:38.1623
8   8 Taskforce / Alliance Autosport Jason Bright Volkswagon Golf GTI   13 27:39.0961 1:37.9406
9  22 Melbourne Performance Centre Hamish Ribartis Audi RS 3   13 27:39.3067 1:37.8790
10   3 Melbourne Performance Centre Leanne Tander Audi RS 3   13 27:41.9469 1:38.2452
11   7 Garry Rogers Motorsport Jimmy Vernon Alfa Romeo Giulietta   13 27:45.9493 1:37.7240
12  62 Kelly Racing Alex Rullo Holden Astra   13 27:46.5576 1:39.1443
13   6 Kelly Racing Molly Taylor Subaru WRX STi   13 27:48.7310 1:39.2314
14  37 Kelly Racing Chelsea Angelo Holden Astra   13 27:52.7093 1:39.3753
15  50 Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R   13 28:25.7006 1:38.6876
DNF   9 Ashley Seward Motorsport Dylan O’Keeffe Alfa Romeo Giulietta
DNF  35 Alliance Autosport Alexandra Whitley Volkswagon Golf GTI
DNF  24 Wall Racing John Martin Honda Civic Type R

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