O’Keeffe stars in TCR Australia Practice 1 at QR

Dylan O’Keeffe

Dylan O’Keeffe has set the pace in the opening practice session for TCR Australia Series Round 4 at Queensland Raceway.

The Ash Seward Motorsport driver ended the 30 minute session with a comfortable margin over the field in his Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

O’Keeffe moved the to the top of the times early in the session before continuing to chip away at his benchmark, lowering his personal best to a 1:14.07s effort.

Series leader Will Brown came the closest to O’Keeffe with his HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30 N, 0.39s adrift of the two-time race winner.

Former TCR International Series champion Jean-Karl Vernay quickly adapted to Queensland Raceway to be third fastest, driving the #4 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi RS3.

The 31-year-old vastly experienced TCR driver is conducting a one-off drive in the series this weekend.

A late effort from Aaron Cameron (Melbourne Performance Centre, Volkswagen Golf) saw the young gun claim fourth, demoting James Moffat (Garry Rogers Motorsport, Renault) to fifth.

Tony D’Alberto was the fastest Honda in sixth ahead of Russell Ingall, who has returned for a second round in the series in the #100 Audi RS3.

The top 10 was completed by The Bend race winner John Martin (Wall Racing, Honda), Nathan Morcom (HMO Customer Racing, Hyundai) and Chris Pither (Garry Rogers Motorsport, Renault).

Only 17 cars took to the track for practice with Andre Heimgartner sitting out the session as Kelly Racing worked on the #777 Opel Astra.

The TCR Australia field will return for Practice 2 at 1515 AEST.

Results: TCR Australia Practice 1, Queensland Raceway

Pos Num Driver Team Car Time Gap
1    9 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)    Ashley Seward Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:14.0776
2   30 William Brown (Qld)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         1:14.4680 00.3904
3    4 Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA)  Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:14.5516 00.4740
4    2 Aaron Cameron (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagen Golf GTI  1:14.6087 00.5311
5   34 James Moffat (Vic)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    1:14.6410 00.5634
6   50 Tony D’Alberto (Vic)    Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:14.7887 00.7111
7  100 Russell Ingall (Qld)    Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:14.7919 00.7143
8   24 John Martin (NSW)       Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:14.8250 00.7474
9   11 Nathan Morcom (NSW)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         1:14.8803 00.8027
10  33 Chris Pither (NZ)       Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    1:15.1193 01.0417
11   8 Jason Bright (Vic)      Taskforce / Alliance Autosport Volkswagon Golf GTI  1:15.2006 01.1230
12  62 Alex Rullo (WA)         Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         1:15.2313 01.1537
13   3 Leanne Tander (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:15.3301 01.2525
14   7 Jordan Cox (NSW)        Garry Rogers Motorsport        Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:15.4639 01.3863
15  35 Alexandra Whitley (Qld) Alliance Autosport             Volkswagon Golf GTI  1:16.1138 02.0362
16   6 Molly Taylor (NSW)      Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       1:16.2764 02.1988
17  38 Jordan Michels (NZ)     Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:16.6062 02.5286

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