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Brown tops interrupted Winton TCR practice

Tom Howard

Saturday 31st August, 2019 - 10:48am

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TCR Australia Series leader Will Brown set the pace in a practice session that was red flagged twice at Winton Motor Raceway.

The HMO Customer Racing Hyundai driver was perched at the top of the timesheets for the majority of the session, enjoying a 0.8s gap over the field until the final minutes of the truncated hit out.

Brown posted a personal best 1.25.14s effort before the halfway mark which stood until the chequered flag.

John Martin proved Brown’s nearest rival as the Wall Racing Honda driver set a string of fast laps in the final 10 minutes to close within 0.13s of the Hyundai.

Jason Bright completed the top three in the Alliance Autosport Volkswagen Golf having been on the pace from the outset. 

The session was not without incidents with several cars running off the road, the most serious involving Leanne Tander (Melbourne Performance Centre Audi), and title contender Dylan O’Keeffe (Ash Seward Motorsport, Alfa Romeo).

Tander backed into the barriers at Turn 6 causing the first red flag with 20 minutes remaining. 

Just moments after practice resumed it was halted again when O’Keeffe nudged the wall at the same corner.

The final minutes produced a flurry of times with James Moffat putting his Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault Megane fourth, just 0.3s adrift of Brown.

Supercars star Andre Heimgartner climbed to fifth in the #777 Kelly Racing Opel Astra demoting Russell Ingall (Melbourne Performance Centre) to sixth.

Jordan Cox was seventh fastest in the Garry Rogers Motorsport Alfa Romeo, while Tander was eighth despite her off-track excursion.

The top 10 was rounded out by TCR Australia debutant Tim Brook in the #38 Wall Racing Honda ahead of team-mate Tony D’Alberto.

O’Keeffe wound up in 11th spot following his moment at Turn 6.        

The 19-car field will return for qualifying at 1130 AEST. 

Results: TCR Australia Practice

Pos Num Driver Team Car Time Gap
1   30 William Brown (Qld)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         1:25.1476
2   24 John Martin (NSW)       Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:25.2863 00.1387
3    8 Jason Bright (Vic)      Taskforce / Alliance Autosport Volkswagon Golf GTI  1:25.4310 00.2834
4   34 James Moffat (Vic)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    1:25.5236 00.3760
5  777 Andre Heimgartner (NZ)  Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       1:25.6776 00.5300
6  100 Russell Ingall (Qld)    Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:25.8902 00.7426
7    7 Jordan Cox (NSW)        Garry Rogers Motorsport        Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:26.1095 00.9619
8    3 Leanne Tander (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:26.2640 01.1164
9   38 Tim Brook (NSW)         Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:26.3302 01.1826
10  50 Tony D’Alberto (Vic)    Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:26.3551 01.2075
11   9 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)    Ashley Seward Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:26.5905 01.4429
12  33 Chris Pither (NZ)       Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    1:26.6476 01.5000
13  11 Nathan Morcom (NSW)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         1:26.6556 01.5080
14  37 Bryce Fullwood (NT)     Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       1:27.0362 01.8886
15  35 Alexandra Whitley (Qld) Alliance Autosport             Volkswagon Golf GTI  1:27.3609 02.2133
16  97 Liam McAdam (Qld)       Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:27.7938 02.6462
17   6 Molly Taylor (NSW)      Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       1:27.8346 02.6870
18   2 Aaron Cameron (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagen Golf GTI  1:28.4097 03.2621
19  62 Hamish Ribarits (Vic)   Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         1:28.7318 03.5842

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