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Martin puts Honda on top in final TCR Australia practice

Tom Howard

Friday 2nd August, 2019 - 4:19pm

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Wall Racing’s John Martin clocked the fastest time of the day to top the final TCR Australia practice session at Queensland Raceway.

The winner of the last TCR Australia race at The Bend Motorsport Park lit up the timing screens with 10 minutes remaining in the #24 Honda Civic Type R.

Martin clocked a 1:13.92s which proved enough to finish the day fastest.

Practice 1 pace-setter Dylan O’Keeffe had briefly held top spot two minutes before Martin’s effort.

The Ash Seward Motorsport driver immediately responded to post a 1:14.0s but was unable to topple Martin with his Alfa Romeo only 0.09s shy.

Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay continued to build his pace throughout the session as he continues to familiarise himself with Queensland Raceway.

The 2017 TCR International Series champion ended up third fastest in the #4 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi RS3 just 0.1s adrift.

Series leader Will Brown (HMO Customer Racing, Hyundai) was half a second off the pace in fourth ahead of Garry Rogers Motorsport’s new recruit Jordan Cox.

Russell Ingall had topped the times for a period just prior to the halfway point of the session before eventually dropping to sixth in the #100 Castrol-backed Audi.

Nathan Morcom was seventh in the sister HMO Customer Racing Hyundai, while Tony D’Alberto (Wall Racing, Honda), Aaron Cameron (Melbourne Performance Centre, Volkswagen) and Alex Rullo (Kelly Racing, Opel) rounded out the top 10.

After missing opening practice, Andre Heimgartner clocked his first laps in the Opel Astra to finish in 12th spot, while James Moffat could only manage 13th in the best of Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Renault Meganes.

Action will continue on Saturday with qualifying set for 1020 AEST ahead of Race 1 at 1415 AEST.

Results: TCR Australia Series Practice 2, Queensland Raceway

Pos Num Driver Team Car Time Gap
1   24 John Martin (NSW)       Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:13.9201
2    9 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)    Ashley Seward Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:14.0179 00.0978
3    4 Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA)  Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:14.0650 00.1449
4   30 William Brown (Qld)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         1:14.4669 00.5468
5    7 Jordan Cox (NSW)        Garry Rogers Motorsport        Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:14.4703 00.5502
6  100 Russell Ingall (Qld)    Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:14.5426 00.6225
7   11 Nathan Morcom (NSW)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         1:14.6188 00.6987
8   50 Tony D’Alberto (Vic)    Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:14.6506 00.7305
9    2 Aaron Cameron (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagen Golf GTI  1:14.7626 00.8425
10  62 Alex Rullo (WA)         Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         1:14.9116 00.9915
11   8 Jason Bright (Vic)      Taskforce / Alliance Autosport Volkswagon Golf GTI  1:14.9928 01.0727
12 777 Andre Heimgartner (NZ)  Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       1:15.0626 01.1425
13  34 James Moffat (Vic)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    1:15.1115 01.1914
14   3 Leanne Tander (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:15.4601 01.5400
15  33 Chris Pither (NZ)       Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    1:15.6423 01.7222
16  38 Jordan Michels (NZ)     Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:15.8693 01.9492
17  35 Alexandra Whitley (Qld) Alliance Autosport             Volkswagon Golf GTI  1:16.4509 02.5308
18   6 Molly Taylor (NSW)      Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       1:16.5687 02.6486

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