D’Alberto edges Morcom in TCR pre-season test

Tony D’Alberto

Tony D’Alberto has edged Nathan Morcom to the fastest lap in TCR Australia’s official pre-season test and media day at Winton.

D’Alberto set a best time of 1:24.1842s in his Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R, with Morcom only 0.0082s shy in his HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30 N.

Will Brown, in a second HMO Hyundai, was less than two tenths of a second slower again, ahead of Jordan Cox (Garry Rogers Motorsport Alfa Romeo Giulietta) and John Martin (Wall Honda).

Rounding out the top 10 were Aaron Cameron (GRM Peugeot 308), Zac Soutar (privateer Honda), Dylan O’Keeffe (GRM Renault Megane RS), Jay Hansen (Ash Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo), and Jason Bargwanna (GRM Peugeot), the latter of whom at a relatively skinny 0.5133s off the pace.

“We had a really good day. We got through quite a few things we wanted to try,” said D’Alberto.

“The car was much better than when we raced here last year. We’ve made a bit of an improvement with the set up and our philosophy.

“With the set-up, it was nice to be the quickest today. It does mean a lot.

“Obviously, we’re happy about it, but we know there’s a huge amount of work to do.”

Today’s test is the most significant track activity at Winton Motor Raceway since work was carried out to replace kerbing at Turns 3 and 4.

“Everybody is impressed with the changes they’ve made to Turns 3 and 4,” added D’Alberto.

“It has opened up that corner and it’s given the drivers a little bit more leeway to explore a little bit more.

“Before in the exit at three, if you dropped a wheel, you’re just toast. It gives you that chance to explore a little bit more, use a bit more road and if you don’t quite get it right, you’re not going to be in the fence.

“I really like those changes they’ve made. It makes Turn 4 allow the car to flow.”

The TCR Asia Pacific Cup takes place at Albert Park, in support of the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, on March 12-15.

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Results: TCR Australia pre-season test

Pos Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R 1:24.1842  
2 Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N 1:24.1924 0:00.0082
3 William Brown Hyundai i30N 1:24.2097 0:00.0255
4 Jordan Cox Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:24.4154 0:00.2312
5 John Martin Honda Civic Type R 1:24.4540 0:00.2698
6 Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR 1:24.4655 0:00.2813
7 Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R 1:24.5623 0:00.3781
8 Dylan O’Keeffe Renault Megane RS 1:24.6795 0:00.4953
9 Jay Hanson Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:24.6800 0:00.4958
10 Jason Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 1:24.6975 0:00.5133
11 Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:24.7573 0:00.5731
12 Michael Clemente Honda Civic Type R 1:25.3291 0:01.1449
13 James Moffat Renault Megane RS 1:25.9742 0:01.7900
14 Michael King Hyundai i30N 1:26.5653 0:02.3811
15 James Allen Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:27.1933 0:03.0091

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