Holdsworth pips Caruso in TCR Practice 2

Lee Holdsworth. Picture: Daniel Kalisz Photographer/ARG

Lee Holdsworth has pipped Michael Caruso by less than a tenth of a second in Practice 2 for Round 2 of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series at Phillip island.

Holdsworth ended up with the fastest two laps of the 25-minute session in his Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo, the better of those being a 1:37.7023s.

Caruso, in an Alfa Romeo out of the Garry Rogers Motorsport stable, managed a late 1:37.7924s, while Wall Racing’s Tony D’Alberto finished third again in his Honda.

Chaz Mostert could only put his Audi fifth on the timesheet with a 1:38.1447s, but his 1:36.9001s from Practice 1 still stands as the fastest time of the day.

While that session saw most of the action unfold in the first 15 minutes, the latter hit-out was decided in the final seven minutes.

At that point, Mostert still held sway with the 1:38.1447s on his third flyer, but D’Alberto took over top spot when he clocked a 1:37.9366s.

Mostert looked set to respond shortly after, setting a then-fastest first sector, but lost time to the second split and ultimately pitted.

Holdsworth did go on with a quick lap, logging what would be the very fastest time in the 22nd minute of proceedings.

The Walkinshaw Andretti United Supercars co-driver looked like he might go faster again two laps later but ultimately checked in with a 1:37.7302s, 0.0279s off his own benchmark.

Caruso, who was only 16th in Practice 1, then leapt up 11 spots when he fired in a 1:37.7924s, pushing D’Alberto back to third.

Nathan Morcom crept up to fourth with a 1:37.9535s completed while the chequered flag was out in his Hyundai.

Behind Mostert, James Moffat finished sixth in his Renault with a time of 1:38.1880s, from Dylan O’Keeffe (Renault), Jay Hanson (Alfa Romeo), Josh Buchan (Hyundai), and Aaron Cameron (Peugeot).

Series leader Jordan Cox was 12th with a personal best 1:38.6251s in his Alfa Romeo.

Qualifying 1 will be held tomorrow from 09:55 local time/AEDT, followed immediately by Qualifying 2 for the 10 fastest drivers.

Results: Practice 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Lee Holdsworth Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:37.7023  
2 7 Valvoline Racing GRM Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:37.7924 0:00.0901
3 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R 1:37.9366 0:00.2343
4 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N 1:37.9535 0:00.2512
5 25 MPC Bostik Racing Chaz Mostert Audi RS 3 1:38.1447 0:00.4424
6 34 LMCT+ Racing GRM James Moffat Renault Megane RS 1:38.1880 0:00.4857
7 33 Lowbake Racing GRM Dylan O’Keeffe Renault Megane RS 1:38.3613 0:00.6590
8 9 Ashley Seward Motorsport Jay Hanson Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:38.4061 0:00.7038
9 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N 1:38.4769 0:00.7746
10 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR 1:38.5457 0:00.8434
11 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 1:38.6196 0:00.9173
12 5 Garry Rogers Motorsport Jordan Cox Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:38.6251 0:00.9228
13 17 Burson Auto Parts Racing Jason Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 1:38.6393 0:00.9370
14 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R 1:38.9744 0:01.2721
15 24 Mobil 1 Wall Racing John Martin Honda Civic Type R 1:39.0722 0:01.3699
16 2 MPC Moutai Luke King Audi RS 3 1:39.1049 0:01.4026
17 37 MPC Astrontech Racing Chelsea Angelo Volkswagen Golf GTI 1:39.2510 0:01.5487
18 333 Tilton Racing Brad Shiels Hyundai i30N 1:39.2870 0:01.5847
19 15 Michael Clemente Motorsport Michael Clemente Honda Civic Type R 1:39.4939 0:01.7916
20 14 Southern Star Truck Services Lachlan Mineeff Volkswagen Golf GTI 1:39.7583 0:02.0560

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