Girolami untouchable in TCR Aus Practice 2

Nestor Girolami

WTCR star Nestor Girolami showed his class to blitz the field in TCR Australia Practice 2 at Sandown. 

After topping opening practice, the Argentine touring car ace continued to impress, lapping more than a second faster than his nearest rival on his debut at the Melbourne circuit.

Girolami, driving for Wall Racing, smashed the personal best he set in Practice 1 by 1.5s to end up with a stunning 1:14.16s benchmark.

It proved to be a mammoth 1.4s faster than Liam McAdam (Melbourne Performance Centre, Audi), who punched in a lap in the dying moments to take second spot.

Series leader Will Brown (HMO Customer Racing, Hyundai) was left to settle for third, a further 0.2s back.

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Wall Racing ensured there were two Hondas in the top four with John Martin in fourth, ahead of Kelly Racing’s Andre Heimgartner behind the wheel of an Opel Astra.

Having shown strong pace in the early running, Tony D’Alberto (Wall Racing, Honda) and Russell Ingall (Melbourne Performance Centre, Audi) ended up sixth and seventh.

Meanwhile, Garth Tander (Melbourne Performance Centre, Audi) emerged in the top 10 in eighth after struggling for outright pace in opening practice.

The top 10 was rounded out by Jason Bright (Alliance Autosport, Volkswagen) and title contender Dylan O’Keeffe (Ash Seward Motorsport). 

TCR Australia will return to action on Saturday for qualifying at 1015 with Race 1 scheduled for 1310 AEST.

Results: TCR Australia Practice 2, Sandown 

Pos Num Driver Team Car Lap Gap
1   38 Nestor Girolami (ARG)   Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:14.1631
2   97 Liam McAdam (Qld)       Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:15.6113 01.4482
3   24 John Martin (NSW)       Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:15.6686 01.5055
4   30 William Brown (Qld)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         1:15.8172 01.6541
5  777 Andre Heimgartner (NZ)  Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         1:16.1090 01.9459
6   50 Tony D’Alberto (Vic)    Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:16.1236 01.9605
7  100 Russell Ingall (Qld)    Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:16.1416 01.9785
8   62 Bryce Fullwood (NT)     Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         1:16.1935 02.0304
9    3 Garth Tander (Vic)      Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:16.4175 02.2544
10   8 Jason Bright (Vic)      Taskforce/Melb Performance Cnt Volkswagon Golf GTI  1:16.6175 02.4544
11   9 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)    Ashley Seward Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:16.6387 02.4756
12  34 James Moffat (Vic)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    1:16.6712 02.5081
13  11 Nathan Morcom (NSW)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         1:17.0852 02.9221
14  33 Chris Pither (NZ)       Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    1:17.2324 03.0693
15   2 Aaron Cameron (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagen Golf GTI  1:17.6857 03.5226
16  35 Alexandra Whitley (Qld) Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagon Golf GTI  1:19.8405 05.6774
17   7 Jordan Cox (NSW)        Garry Rogers Motorsport        Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:20.5523 06.3892

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