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O’Keeffe doubles up in TCR Australia Race 3

Tom Howard

Sunday 4th August, 2019 - 2:56pm

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Dylan O’Keeffe

Dylan O’Keeffe completed a second lights-to-flag TCR Australia victory at Queensland Raceway to further close the gap to series leader Will Brown.  

The Alfa Romeo driver proved untouchable for the second time today as the title contender took a comfortable win by 1.2s at the Ipswich circuit.

It proved to be another valuable triumph as series leader Brown (HMO Customer Racing, Hyundai) could only manage eighth spot, which saw his overall lead reduced to 55 points.

Russell Ingall (Melbourne Performance Centre, Audi) recorded a third TCR Australia podium as he held off Tony D’Alberto (Wall Racing, Honda) for second at the chequered flag.

O’Keeffe fended off Ingall and D’Alberto on the run to Turn 1 to maintain his pole position advantage on the opening lap. 

After starting from third, Aaron Cameron (Melbourne Performance Centre, Volkswagen) found himself shuffled down the order to sixth after a frantic opening lap. 

Meanwhile, Brown managed to jump from 10th to seventh but quickly found himself embroiled in a battle with James Moffat (Garry Rogers Motorsport, Renault) for eighth.

The race settled into a rhythm at the front with Cameron the only driver, who made a significant gain mid-race by taking fifth from Jordan Cox (Garry Rogers Motorsport, Alfa Romeo), while John Martin (Wall Racing, Honda) moved to sixth.    

Action was limited in the remaining laps with Moffat causing the only notable incident when he ran off the road at Turn 4 prompting a visit to the pits in the #34 Megane.

In the end, O’Keeffe took the win from Ingall and D’Alberto with HMO Customer Racing’s Nathan Morcom in fourth.

Cameron held onto fifth in front of Cox, Martin and Brown, while Leanne Tander (Melbourne Performance Centre, Audi) and Jason Bright (Alliance Autosport, Volkswagen) rounded out the top 10. 

Aaron Seton, who was a surprise substitute for the ill Jean-Karl Vernay, finished in 11th position.

Elsewhere, Chris Pither (Garry Rogers Motorsport, Renault), failed to the make the start due to a turbo issue suffered in Race 2, while Molly Taylor retired her Kelly Racing Subaru after it sustained an oil leak.

TCR Australia will head to Winton for Round 5 from August 31-September 1. 

Results: TCR Australia Race 3, Queensland Raceway 

Pos Num Driver Team Car Laps Time
1     9 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)    Ashley Seward Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta 21 26:29.0232
2   100 Russell Ingall (Qld)    Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            21 26:30.2305
3    50 Tony D’Alberto (Vic)    Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   21 26:31.2641
4    11 Nathan Morcom (NSW)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         21 26:31.7994
5     2 Aaron Cameron (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagen Golf GTI  21 26:32.1951
6    24 John Martin (NSW)       Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   21 26:32.7397
7     7 Jordan Cox (NSW)        Garry Rogers Motorsport        Alfa Romeo Giulietta 21 26:37.3092
8    30 William Brown (Qld)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         21 26:37.6515
9     3 Leanne Tander (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            21 26:40.2307
10    8 Jason Bright (Vic)      Taskforce / Alliance Autosport Volkswagon Golf GTI  21 26:45.4155
11    4 Aaron Seton (Qld)       Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            21 26:47.9314
12   38 Jordan Michels (NZ)     Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   21 26:48.5782
13   62 Alex Rullo (WA)         Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         21 26:56.7471
14   35 Alexandra Whitley (Qld) Alliance Autosport             Volkswagon Golf GTI  21 27:02.2086
15   34 James Moffat (Vic)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    20 27:45.2361
DNF   6 Molly Taylor (NSW)      Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi        8 10:26.7270

Championship Standings

Pos Driver Points 
1  William Brown     408
2  Dylan O’Keeffe    353
3  Tony D’Alberto    311
4  Nathan Morcom     292
5  James Moffat      284
6  Aaron Cameron     275
7  John Martin       244
8  Alex Rullo        208
9  Jason Bright      190
10 Russell Ingall    187
11 Garth Tander      176
12 Jordan Cox        169
13 Leanne Tander     168
14 Chris Pither      157
15 Alexandra Whitley 124
16 Molly Taylor      101
17 Andre Heimgartner  91
18 Hamish Ribartis    83
19 Jimmy Vernon       77
20 Michael Almond     74
21 Chelsea Angelo     56
22 Jordan Michels     45
23 Jean-Karl Vernay   42
24 Rik Breukers       40

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