Cox doubles up thanks to Holdsworth penalty

Jordan Cox

Lee Holdsworth was first to the chequered flag but lost victory in Race 3 of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia at Symmons Plains to Jordan Cox due to a false start.

Holdsworth’s five-second time penalty, for a close call that the #10 Alfa Romeo had been moving when the lights went out, saw him relegated to third, behind Cox and Chaz Mostert.

The 25-lap finale at the opening Boost Mobile Race Tasmania event was also marred by late carnage when a brake problem for Jason Bargwanna saw his Peugeot spear into James Moffat’s Renault at the end of the back straight.

Bargwanna was quickly out of his car, which spun into the infield before careering backwards into #34, and Moffat was subsequently seen walking from the crash site.

Back at the beginning, Race 2 winner Cox made a slick start and bested Holdsworth from the front row for the third time this weekend.

A strong launch for Luke King saw him take up third position, but only as far as Turn 2, where he broke into a slide and opened the door for Melbourne Performance Centre Audi team-mate Chaz Mostert to go past.

Cox got just shy of 0.9s ahead of Holdsworth at the end of the standing lap, but the Ashley Seward Motorsport driver soon caught the rear of the #5 Garry Rogers Motorsport Alfa Romeo.

Despite a number of moments under brakes, Cox held the lead until Holdsworth went down the inside at Turn 6 on Lap 23.

However, by then it had been confirmed that Car #10 had the penalty against it for the start infringement, and was still effectively third given it had 3.1s on Mostert’s Car #25 and over 10 seconds on King’s #2 Audi at the end of that lap.

Those margins did not change enough to make any difference to the result in the 4.82km which remained, meaning Cox doubled up on his victories for the weekend and takes an early series lead.

While Mostert was second in the race, it is Holdsworth who holds that position in the standings after Round 1.

King finished fourth from HMO Hyundai team-mates Nathan Morcom and Josh Buchan.

Rounding out the top 10 were Jay Hanson (Alfa Romeo), Aaron Cameron (Peugeot), Michael Caruso (Alfa Romeo) from the back row of the grid after his Race 2 crash, and Dylan O’Keeffe (Renault).

Boost Mobile Race Tasmania continues at Baskerville Raceway from Friday, where an Invitational Round of TCR will be held.

The Jason Bargwanna-James Moffat crash Picture: Seven Network

Results: Race 3

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 5 Garry Rogers Motorsport Jordan Cox Alfa Romeo Giulietta 25 23:36.5821
2 25 MPC Bostik Racing Chaz Mostert Audi RS 3 25 23:39.4546
3 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Lee Holdsworth Alfa Romeo Giulietta 25 23:41.0040
4 2 MPC Moutai Luke King Audi RS 3 25 23:46.9898
5 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N 25 23:48.7496
6 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N 25 23:52.6371
7 9 Ashley Seward Motorsport Jay Hanson Alfa Romeo Giulietta 25 23:53.3670
8 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR 25 24:01.9637
9 7 Valvoline Racing GRM Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta 25 24:02.8660
10 33 Lowbake Racing GRM Dylan O’Keeffe Renault Megane RS 25 24:05.0837
11 15 Michael Clemente Motorsport Michael Clemente Honda Civic Type R 25 24:06.7558
12 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R 25 24:07.3884
13 24 Mobil 1 Wall Racing John Martin Honda Civic Type R 25 24:07.7520
14 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 25 24:10.1029
15 333 Tilton Racing Brad Shiels Hyundai i30N 23 24:27.1115
DNF 34 LMCT+ Racing GRM James Moffat Renault Megane RS 24 23:04.8225
DNF 17 Burson Auto Parts Racing Jason Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 24 23:05.2657
DNF 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R 12 11:44.1677

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Jordan Cox 126
2 Lee Holdsworth 122
3 Chaz Mostert 110
4 Luke King 102
5 Josh Buchan 100
6 Nathan Morcom 92
7 Aaron Cameron 79
8 Brad Shiels 73
9 Jay Hanson 62
10 Dylan O’Keeffe 62
11 Tony D’Alberto 61
12 Ben Bargwanna 59
13 Michael Clemente 55
14 John Martin 50
15 Michael Caruso 48
16 Jason Bargwanna 42
17 Zac Soutar 26
18 James Moffat 20

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