Mostert bags TCR pole at Phillip Island

Chaz Mostert. Picture: Daniel Kalisz Photographer/ARG

Chaz Mostert has put his Audi on pole position for the opening race of Round 2 of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series at Phillip Island.

The Friday pace-setter clocked the fastest two laps of Qualifying 2, a 10-minute hit-out which set the top 10 grid positions, with Luke King next-best in another Audi.

Alfa Romeo drivers Lee Holdsworth and Michael Caruso will share Row 2 of the grid for the start of this afternoon’s 15-lapper, while Ben Bargwanna ended up fifth in a Peugeot.

Holdsworth was fastest after the first flyers in Qualifying 2 with a 1:36.1505s and bettered that next time around with a 1:36.0996s.

Mostert cracked the first ‘35’ of the weekend when he wheeled the #25 RS 3 to a 1:35.7318s on his second timed lap, and improved further to a 1:35.6708s on his subsequent tour.

In the meantime, King had set a 1:35.9501s which was good enough for second on the grid, while Holdsworth’s 36-flat left him third.

Caruso was a late mover, sitting 10th before he rolled out a 1:36.2468s, which included the fastest second sector, just before the chequered flag.

That put the junior Bargwanna in the field back to fifth, ahead of John Martin (Honda), Qualifying 1 fast man Nathan Morcom (Hyundai), Aaron Cameron (Peugeot), Josh Buchan (Hyundai), and Tony D’Alberto (Honda).

Dylan O’Keeffe (Renault) was first on the outside in the opening stanza of qualifying, having been bumped from the top 10 by King in the penultimate minute.

Fellow Megane driver James Moffat ended up 15th, series leader Jordan Cox (Alfa Romeo) 16th, and Jason Bargwanna (Peugeot) 17th.

Race 1 of the weekend is due to start at 14:25 local time/AEDT.

Results: Qualifying 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 25 MPC Bostik Racing Chaz Mostert Audi RS 3 1:35.6708
2 2 MPC Moutai Luke King Audi RS 3 1:35.9501 0:00.2793
3 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Lee Holdsworth Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:36.0996 0:00.4288
4 7 Valvoline Racing GRM Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:36.2468 0:00.5760
5 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 1:36.4171 0:00.7463
6 24 Mobil 1 Wall Racing John Martin Honda Civic Type R 1:36.4924 0:00.8216
7 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N 1:36.4936 0:00.8228
8 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR 1:36.8016 0:01.1308
9 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N 1:36.9459 0:01.2751
10 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R 1:36.9949 0:01.3241

Results: Qualifying 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N 1:36.1327  
2 25 MPC Bostik Racing Chaz Mostert Audi RS 3 1:36.1424 0:00.0097
3 2 MPC Moutai Luke King Audi RS 3 1:36.4402 0:00.3075
4 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R 1:36.5716 0:00.4389
5 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Lee Holdsworth Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:36.5755 0:00.4428
6 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR 1:36.6338 0:00.5011
7 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N 1:36.6966 0:00.5639
8 24 Mobil 1 Wall Racing John Martin Honda Civic Type R 1:36.7551 0:00.6224
9 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 1:36.8045 0:00.6718
10 7 Valvoline Racing GRM Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:37.0639 0:00.9312
11 33 Lowbake Racing GRM Dylan O’Keeffe Renault Megane RS 1:37.1078 0:00.9751
12 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R 1:37.1902 0:01.0575
13 37 MPC Astrontech Racing Chelsea Angelo Volkswagen Golf GTI 1:37.2063 0:01.0736
14 333 Tilton Racing Brad Shiels Hyundai i30N 1:37.2104 0:01.0777
15 34 LMCT+ Racing GRM James Moffat Renault Megane RS 1:37.2135 0:01.0808
16 5 Garry Rogers Motorsport Jordan Cox Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:37.2553 0:01.1226
17 17 Burson Auto Parts Racing Jason Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 1:37.3197 0:01.1870
18 9 Ashley Seward Motorsport Jay Hanson Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:37.5000 0:01.3673
19 15 Michael Clemente Motorsport Michael Clemente Honda Civic Type R 1:37.7905 0:01.6578
20 14 Southern Star Truck Services Lachlan Mineeff Volkswagen Golf GTI 1:38.0318 0:01.8991

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