John Martin scored Honda’s first win in TCR Australia after overcoming Garth Tander in Race 3 at The Bend Motorsport Park.
Martin took the lead on Lap 7 with a well judged move on Garth Tander (Melbourne Performance Centre – Audi), who had led every lap until that point.
Once ahead, Martin, who started from fourth on the grid, controlled the remainder of the race to take a breakthrough victory for Wall Racing.
Garth Tander crossed the line in second behind Martin’s Civic Type R, while James Moffat enjoyed a solid run to third in the #34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault Megane.
Tander made the best jump from the line to lead into Turn 1 as Martin grabbed second from Race 2 winner Will Brown.
It didn’t take long fro the top three to break away from the field, with Moffat sitting in fourth ahead of Jordan Cox (Wall Racing – Honda) and Russell Ingall (Melbourne Performance Centre – Audi).
Further back Leanne Tander (Melbourne Performance Centre ran in seventh before coming into Turn 1 too hot at the start of Lap 2, which saw the Audi driver drop to 12th position.
At the front, Moffat mounted a charge and made the most of an error from Brown to claim third on Lap 3, while a further mistake from the latter saw the Hyundai drop to fifth behind Cox.
The race soon settled into a rhythm with the order unchanged until Lap 7 when Martin jumped Tander for the lead at Turn 16.
Martin soon opened up a healthy gap over Tander and held his nerve to take the chequered flag.
Cox pushed Moffat in the closing laps but in the end had to settle for fourth as series leader Brown salvaged fifth in front of Ingall.
Dylan O’Keeffe (Ash Seward Motorsport – Alfa Romeo) finished on the road in seventh but was issued a 10s penalty for contact with Tony D’Alberto (Wall Racing – Honda) at Turn 1 on the opening lap.
The Alfa Romeo driver was classified in 11th, promoting D’Alberto seventh, ahead of Nathan Morcom (HMO Customer Racing – Hyundai), Jason Bright (Alliance Autosport – Volkswagen) and Leanne Tander.
After starting from pit lane, Alexandra Whitley (Alliance Autosport – Volkswagen), Aaron Cameron (Melbourne Performance Centre – Audi) failed to reach the finish, while the latter came home in 13th spot.
Chris Pither (Garry Rogers Motorsport – Renault Megane) and Molly Taylor (Kelly Racing- Subaru) and Jimmy Vernon (Garry Rogers Motorsport – Alfa Romeo) failed to make the start following incidents Race 2.
Brown continues to hold a healthy lead in the series with TCR Australia set to visit Queensland Raceway for Round 4 from August 2-4.
Results: TCR Australia Race 3 – The Bend Motorsport Park
|1||24||John Martin (NSW)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||14||27:41.8519|
|2||4||Garth Tander (Vic)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||14||27:44.6237|
|3||34||James Moffat (Vic)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Renault Megane RS||14||27:45.7600|
|4||38||Jordan Cox (NSW)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||14||27:46.5200|
|5||30||William Brown (Qld)||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30N||14||27:53.5572|
|6||100||Russell Ingall (Qld)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||14||27:54.2496|
|7||50||Tony D’Alberto (Vic)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||14||27:55.3037|
|8||11||Nathan Morcom (NSW)||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30N||14||27:55.6627|
|9||8||Jason Bright (Vic)||Taskforce / Alliance Autosport||Volkswagon Golf GTI||14||27:58.5358|
|10||3||Leanne Tander (Vic)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||14||28:04.2033|
|11||9||Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)||Ashley Seward Motorsport||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||14||28:04.4956|
|12||62||Alex Rullo (WA)||Kelly Racing||Holden Astra||14||28:13.8381|
|13||2||Aaron Cameron (Vic)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Volkswagen Golf GTI||14||28:21.8609|
|DNF||37||Chelsea Angelo (Vic)||Kelly Racing||Holden Astra||6||14:49.5155|
|DNF||35||Alexandra Whitley (Qld)||Alliance Autosport||Volkswagon Golf GTI||2||4:44.4029|