Cox wins, Caruso in wall in TCR Race 2

Jordan Cox Picture: TCR Australia

Jordan Cox has won Race 2 in Round 1 of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series at Symmons Plains while Michael Caruso was out early due to a crash.

Cox regained top spot midway through the 22-lap encounter at Boost Mobile Race Tasmania when Aaron Cameron ran wide, and went on to claim a first victory in the category by just under a second.

Lee Holdsworth (Ashley Seward Motorsport), in another Alfa Romeo, finished in second place after prevailing in the opener on the afternoon prior, and Chaz Mostert completed the podium in an Audi.

With a progressive grid, Cox and Holdsworth shared the front row and it was once again the former who got the jump out of those two.

Cameron, however, got a rocket launch from fourth on the grid and split the Giuliettas at Turn 2 after they bumped on the way to the first stop.

The Peugeot driver was at the very front when he outbraked team-mate Cox at the end of the back straight, but the race would be neutralised a short time later due to a tangle between another two Garry Rogers Motorsport entries.

Michael Caruso appeared to turn across Dylan O’Keeffe’s Renault at the end of the standing lap, which saw his Alfa Romeo fired into the wall on driver’s left, and a Safety Car which lasted until the end of Lap 6.

Michael Caruso hits the wall Picture: Seven Network

Cameron briefly got as far as a second clear in the laps after the restart but had Cox and Holdsworth on his tail when he ran wide at the hairpin on Lap 14 and ceded first position.

Worse was to follow when the #18 GRM entry slowed at the end of the same lap, a drama which elevated Holdsworth to second and Mostert to third.

Cox moved his advantage past 1.6s at one point and was not threatened thereafter, nor did Holdsworth appear to have much to worry about from Mostert.

The latter started from sixth after being taken out by Jay Hanson (Alfa Romeo) a day earlier, and grabbed a spot from Melbourne Performance Centre team-mate Luke King (Audi) at the hairpin on Lap 1.

Mostert gained another when Josh Buchan ran wide at Turn 6 on Lap 8, and moved up to third once Cameron’s Peugeot suffered its technical issue.

King ended up fourth, from HMO Hyundai team-mates Nathan Morcom and Buchan.

Rounding out the top 10 were Brad Shiels in another Hyundai, Jason Bargwanna (Peugeot), Tony D’Alberto (Honda), and Ben Bargwanna (Peugeot).

Joining Caruso as non-finishers were Hanson and James Moffat (Renault), after Moffat shunted into the teenager at the hairpin on Lap 9.

“I probably will have to look at the replay,” said Moffat.

“Both [Hanson] and I got a run on that Hyundai [of Buchan] on the run up to the hairpin and it kind of felt like the Hyundai squeezed me a bit.

“I had it all under control and then all of a sudden… I don’t know if he squeezed me a bit into the dirt.

“I don’t really want to apportion blame to anybody until I have a look at it but it’s taken Jay out which is unfortunate for that to happen.”

The final TCR race of the weekend is due this afternoon at 15:27 local time/AEDT.

Results: Race 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 5 Garry Rogers Motorsport Jordan Cox Alfa Romeo Giulietta 22 24:22.5298
2 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Lee Holdsworth Alfa Romeo Giulietta 22 24:23.4742
3 25 MPC Bostik Racing Chaz Mostert Audi RS 3 22 24:25.7929
4 2 MPC Moutai Luke King Audi RS 3 22 24:27.5191
5 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N 22 24:28.0429
6 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N 22 24:28.8616
7 333 Tilton Racing Brad Shiels Hyundai i30N 22 24:29.5586
8 17 Burson Auto Parts Racing Jason Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 22 24:32.3199
9 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R 22 24:37.0481
10 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 22 24:37.3487
11 33 Lowbake Racing GRM Dylan O’Keeffe Renault Megane RS 22 24:38.1730
12 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R 22 24:38.8766
13 15 Michael Clemente Motorsport Michael Clemente Honda Civic Type R 22 24:39.2516
14 24 Mobil 1 Wall Racing John Martin Honda Civic Type R 22 24:45.1009
15 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR 17 24:49.0736
DNF 9 Ashley Seward Motorsport Jay Hanson Alfa Romeo Giulietta 8 11:16.2969
DNF 34 LMCT+ Racing GRM James Moffat Renault Megane RS 8 11:16.7114
DNF 7 Valvoline Racing GRM Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1 1:07.0345

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