O’Keeffe doubles up in TCR Australia Race 3
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
|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|