Will Brown produced a blistering effort to claim pole position for the opening race of TCR Australia Round 5 at Winton.
The series leader transferred his practice pace into an impressive performance in qualifying taking pole position by 0.2s from Kelly Racing’s Andre Heimgartner (Opel Astra).
Brown shot to the top of the times early in the session with a 1:24.79s before going on to shave seven-tenths from that effort with a personal best posted in the final 10 minutes.
At the time, Brown had a 0.4s advantage over the rest of the field and decided to park his HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30 having used both sets of fresh rubber.
The times continued to tumble in the final minutes with John Martin (Wall Racing, Honda), Dylan O’Keeffe (Ash Seward Motorsport, Alfa Romeo), Jason Bright (Alliance Autosport Volkswagen Golf) and Heimgartner all cutting the deficit, enjoying a spells in second spot.
However, Brown’s time stood the test of time to secure his first pole position for Hyundai.
“I don’t normally get pole I normally get second or third, that is what I’m good at, but that is awesome,” said Brown.
“HMO Customer Racing has done a good job.
“I’m really happy and to get our first pole, it is good. The boys can buy some beers with the pole cheque.”
In the end, Martin had to settle for third with the Honda set to share the second row with Brown’s title rival O’Keeffe, who shot to fourth with his final lap.
Tony D’Alberto ensured there was a second Wall Racing Honda inside the top five, while Bright slid down to sixth in the Golf.
The top 10 was completed by Aaron Cameron (Melbourne Performance Centre, Volkswagen), Nathan Morcom (HMO Customer Racing, Hyundai), who ran as high as second, Jordan Cox (Garry Rogers Motorsport, Alfa Romeo) and Russell Ingall (Melbourne Performance Centre, Audi).
Both Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault Meganes looked to threaten early in the session before fading in the final runs.
James Moffat will start from 11th while team-mate Chris Pither could only manage 14th spot.
TCR Australia Race 1 will begin at 1415 AEST.
Results: TCR Australia Qualifying
|1||30||William Brown (Qld)||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30N||1:24.0981|
|2||777||Andre Heimgartner (NZ)||Kelly Racing||Subaru WRX STi||1:24.3225||00.2244|
|3||24||John Martin (NSW)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||1:24.3233||00.2252|
|4||9||Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)||Ashley Seward Motorsport||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||1:24.4103||00.3122|
|5||50||Tony D’Alberto (Vic)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||1:24.4552||00.3571|
|6||8||Jason Bright (Vic)||Taskforce / Alliance Autosport||Volkswagon Golf GTI||1:24.5112||00.4131|
|7||2||Aaron Cameron (Vic)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Volkswagen Golf GTI||1:24.5665||00.4684|
|8||11||Nathan Morcom (NSW)||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30N||1:24.6855||00.5874|
|9||7||Jordan Cox (NSW)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||1:24.7336||00.6355|
|10||100||Russell Ingall (Qld)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||1:24.7627||00.6646|
|11||34||James Moffat (Vic)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Renault Megane RS||1:24.9193||00.8212|
|12||38||Tim Brook (NSW)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||1:24.9199||00.8218|
|13||97||Liam McAdam (Qld)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||1:24.9751||00.8770|
|14||33||Chris Pither (NZ)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Renault Megane RS||1:25.0974||00.9993|
|15||3||Leanne Tander (Vic)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||1:25.1409||01.0428|
|16||62||Hamish Ribarits (Vic)||Kelly Racing||Holden Astra||1:25.7081||01.6100|
|17||37||Bryce Fullwood (NT)||Kelly Racing||Subaru WRX STi||1:26.0291||01.9310|
|18||35||Alexandra Whitley (Qld)||Alliance Autosport||Volkswagon Golf GTI||1:26.7273||02.6292|
|19||6||Molly Taylor (NSW)||Kelly Racing||Subaru WRX STi||1:27.2388||03.1407|