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Debutant Cox fastest as Moffat and Brown collide

Tom Howard

Friday 12th July, 2019 - 2:18pm

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Jordan Cox was fastest in opening practice at The Bend Motorsport Park

TCR Australia debutant Jordan Cox topped the times in wet conditions in opening practice at The Bend Motorsport Park that was headlined by a crash involving Will Brown and James Moffat.

The Wall Racing Honda driver quickly adapted to his Civic Type R, topping the times early before slotting into second in the slippery conditions.

A late effort once the session resumed after a red flag from the former Improved Production racer saw him stop the clocks with an impressive 2:10.00s.

Cox was 0.6s faster than his nearest rival Dylan O’Keeffe in the Ash Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo, while Nathan Morcom in the HMO Customer Racing Hyundai was third.  

The session was, however, halted after 12 minutes when series leader Brown (HMO Customer Racing  Hyundai) fired into the back of Moffat at speed on the entry to Turn 6.

It appears Brown aquaplaned before hitting the rear of Moffat’s Renault hard, causing significant damage to the rear of the Garry Rogers Motorsport entry. 

“It was 100 per cent my fault. The car aquaplaned and I slid into him,” said Brown.

“I went straight down to apologise. It’s definitely not something I like. I would rather have crashed into the wall than hit him.”

“It was a massive hit. I didn’t even see him coming,” added Moffat.

“It was pretty slippery at that corner and I think he got caught out. He’s been to apologise and that’s fine.”

Neither car would return to the track when the session resumed after a brief red flag.

The session began with the track drenched following a period of prolonged rain at the 4.95km South Australian circuit.

Series leader Brown posted the first indicative lap of 2:16.44s in his Hyundai i30 which was soon surpassed by the Wall Racing Honda Civic of Tony D’Alberto and Andre Heimgartner’s Kelly Racing Subaru.

Times continued to tumble as a dry line started to appear with O’Keeffe ducking into the 2:13s bracket before the session was halted after 12 minutes.  

A flurry of fast laps followed once action continued as Cox, O’Keeffe and Morcom took advantage.

Aaron Cameron (Melbourne Performance Centre Volkswagen Golf) jumped to fourth with his final lap.

D’Alberto ended up fifth ahead of Garth Tander in the #4 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi, Jimmy Vernon (Garry Rogers Motorsport – Alfa Romeo) and Kelly Racing’s Andre Heimgartner (Subaru WRX).

Russell Ingall (Audi) on his debut in the category was ninth fastest as Alex Rullo (Opel Astra) completed the top 10. 

The 19 car field will return to the track for a second 30 minute practice at 1530 local time. 

Results: TCR Australia Practice 1

Pos Num Driver Team Car Time  Gap
1   38 Jordan Cox (NSW)        Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   2:10.0097
2    9 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)    Ashley Seward Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2:10.6182 00.6085
3   11 Nathan Morcom (NSW)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         2:10.9972 00.9875
4    2 Aaron Cameron (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagen Golf GTI  2:11.3207 01.3110
5   50 Tony D’Alberto (Vic)    Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   2:11.4196 01.4099
6    4 Garth Tander (Vic)      Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            2:11.4696 01.4599
7    7 Jimmy Vernon (NSW)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2:11.7283 01.7186
8  777 Andre Heimgartner (NZ)  Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       2:11.9730 01.9633
9  100 Russell Ingall (Qld)    Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            2:11.9985 01.9888
10  62 Alex Rullo (WA)         Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         2:12.5532 02.5435
11   8 Jason Bright (Vic)      Taskforce / Alliance Autosport Volkswagon Golf GTI  2:12.6769 02.6672
12  24 John Martin (NSW)       Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   2:12.8389 02.8292
13  33 Chris Pither (NZ)       Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    2:13.7092 03.6995
14  30 William Brown (Qld)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         2:15.2340 05.2243
15   3 Leanne Tander (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            2:15.6237 05.6140
16   6 Molly Taylor (NSW)      Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       2:16.7551 06.7454
17  35 Alexandra Whitley (Qld) Alliance Autosport             Volkswagon Golf GTI  2:16.7983 06.7886
18  34 James Moffat (Vic)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    2:17.5866 07.5769
19  37 Chelsea Angelo (Vic)    Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         2:35.6489 25.6392

VIDEO: Brown and Moffat collide in Practice 1

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