Brown doubles up in Winton TCR Race 3
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
|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|