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Brown doubles up in Winton TCR Race 3

Tom Howard

Sunday 1st September, 2019 - 3:02pm

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Will Brown takes the win

Will Brown picked up his sixth victory of the season after a faultless light-to-flag drive in TCR Australia Race 3 at Winton.

The series leader didn’t put a foot wrong in the 18 lap encounter as the HMO Customer Racing Hyundai driver marched away from the field.

In the end, the young gun took the chequered flag by 10.7s to further stamp his authority on the series, moving into a 116 points lead.

Aaron Cameron (Melbourne Performance Centre, Volkswagen) enjoyed a lonely race as he came home in second comfortably ahead of Russell Ingall (Melbourne Performance Centre, Volkswagen) in the final podium spot.    

Meanwhile, title challenger Dylan O’Keeffe (Ash Seward Motorsport, Alfa Romeo) managed to fight his way from 15th on the grid to eighth. 

Brown made no mistakes in what was a chaotic start as Jason Bright stalled his Alliance Autosport Volkswagen Golf forcing the field behind to react to avoid the slow moving car.

The frantic start allowed Cameron to move into second while Ingall leapt from fifth on the grid to third with Tony D’Alberto (Wall Racing, Honda) fourth, 

Jordan Cox occupied fifth but was all over the rear wing of D’Alberto before trying to pass the Honda at Turn 1 on lap 2, which resulted in the Alfa Romeo driving spinning to the exit of the corner.

This promoted Liam McAdam (Melbourne Performance Centre, Audi) to fifth having marched from 10th to sixth position on the opening lap.

However, McAdam’s charge came to an unfortunate end when the TCR Australia debutant ran off the road on his own at the final corner on lap 6, clouting the pit wall in the process.

McAdam dropped down to 15th spot while Nathan Morcom (HMO Customer Racing, Hyundai) moved in to fifth.

While Brown continued to break away from Cameron and Ingall, Morcom began to reel in D’Alberto before passing the Honda with a bold move into Turn 1 on lap 12.

But at the front, once again there was no touching Brown who took the win from Cameron and Ingall.

Morcom brought his Hyundai home in fourth ahead of D’Alberto and his Wall Racing Honda team-mate John Martin.

The top 10 was rounded out by Andre Heimgartner (Kelly Racing, Opel), O’Keeffe, Leanne Tander (Melbourne Performance Centre, Audi) and Hamish Ribarits (Kelly Racing, Opel).

TCR Australia heads to Sandown for the penultimate round from September 20-22.

Results: TCR Australia Race 3

Pos Num Driver Team Car Laps Time
1   30 William Brown (Qld)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         18 25:36.7520
2    2 Aaron Cameron (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagen Golf GTI  18 25:47.4925
3  100 Russell Ingall (Qld)    Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            18 25:48.6514
4   11 Nathan Morcom (NSW)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         18 25:58.2586
5   50 Tony D’Alberto (Vic)    Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   18 26:01.4372
6   24 John Martin (NSW)       Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   18 26:04.0364
7  777 Andre Heimgartner (NZ)  Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         18 26:07.2214
8    9 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)    Ashley Seward Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta 18 26:07.9824
9    3 Leanne Tander (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            18 26:10.3471
10  62 Hamish Ribarits (Vic)   Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         18 26:12.3552
11  38 Tim Brook (NSW)         Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   18 26:13.9717
12   8 Jason Bright (Vic)      Taskforce / Alliance Autosport Volkswagon Golf GTI  18 26:16.6144
13  34 James Moffat (Vic)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    18 26:19.3618
14  35 Alexandra Whitley (Qld) Alliance Autosport             Volkswagon Golf GTI  18 26:24.0932
15  97 Liam McAdam (Qld)       Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            18 26:37.9190
DNF   6 Molly Taylor (NSW)      Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       15 22:10.2359
DNF  37 Bryce Fullwood (NT)     Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       11 16:12.8926
DNF   7 Jordan Cox (NSW)        Garry Rogers Motorsport        Alfa Romeo Giulietta  3  4:44.0271

Series Standings

Pos Driver Points
1  William Brown     538
2  Dylan O’Keeffe    422
3  Tony D’Alberto    393
4  Nathan Morcom     386
5  Aaron Cameron     379
6  James Moffat      315
7  John Martin       302
8  Jason Bright      284
9  Russell Ingall    275
10 Leanne Tander     220
11 Alex Rullo        209
12 Jordan Cox        179
13 Garth Tander      176
14 Andre Heimgartner 166
15 Alexandra Whitley 164
16 Chris Pither      158
17 Hamish Ribarits   118
18 Molly Taylor      116
19 Jimmy Vernon       77
20 Michael Almond     74
21 Chelsea Angelo     56
22 Liam McAdam        47
23 Tim Brook          46
24 Jordan Michels     46
25 Jean-Karl Vernay   42
26 Rik Breukers       40
27 Bryce Fullwood     10
28 Aaron Seton         0

      

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