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Blistering Brown shoots to Winton TCR pole

Tom Howard

Saturday 31st August, 2019 - 12:26pm

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Will Brown celebrates pole position

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 

Pos Num Driver Team Car Time Gap
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

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