Holdsworth pips Caruso in TCR Practice 2
Friday 12th March, 2021 - 2:53pm
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
|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|