Mostert takes pole in truncated TCR qualifying session

Chaz Mostert. Picture: Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series

Chaz Mostert has bagged a second straight pole position in the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series as Qualifying at Mount Panorama was cut short due to a red flag.

What was to have been a single, 25-minute session to decide the starting grid for Race 1 of Round 3 ended up being 15 minutes only due to Jordan Cox apparently coming to grief in Sector 3 of the circuit.

Mostert was effectively quickest all the way in his #25 Bostik Audi although, with cool conditions in Bathurst and less time than expected to get up to speed, the fastest lap was only a 2:16.0769s in the end.

Peugeot driver Aaron Cameron denied the Melbourne Performance Centre squad a front row lockout by getting in a 2:17.0310s just before the red flag came, with the session not restarting.

As such, Garth Tander, in the #75 Audi RS 3, is due to start from third and Jay Hanson (Alfa Romeo) will likely go from fourth on the grid.

Cox (Alfa Romeo) had been fourth-fastest at the time of the stoppage, but the Round 1 winner is set to lose his fastest lap time due to causing the red flag.

That also means that Row 3 will be Brad Shiels (Hyundai) and practice fast man Lee Holdsworth (Alfa Romeo), who had just brought his first run to an end when it became apparent that he might not get another crack at pole.

Rounding out the top 10 were Tony D’Alberto (Honda), John Martin (Honda), Luke King (Audi), and Dylan O’Keeffe (Renault).

The latter was more than six seconds off the pace but still faster than Mostert had gone on his second lap, with times dropping rapidly as tyres came up.

Nevertheless, the field did not get a proper chance to match or beat the high-15 which Holdsworth set a day prior due to the loss of the latter 10 minutes of proceedings.

Race 1 is set to start today at 10:40 local time/AEDT, and Race 2 at 12:25 local time/AEDT.

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Results: Qualifying

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 25 MPC Bostik Racing Chaz Mostert Audi RS 3 2:16.0769  
2 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR 2:17.0310 0:00.9541
3 75 Melbourne Performance Centre Garth Tander Audi RS 3 2:18.1895 0:02.1126
4 9 Ashley Seward Motorsport Jay Hanson Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2:18.4192 0:02.3423
5 333 Tilton Racing Brad Shiels Hyundai i30N 2:18.6936 0:02.6167
6 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Lee Holdsworth Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2:19.3714 0:03.2945
7 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R 2:19.3765 0:03.2996
8 24 Mobil 1 Wall Racing John Martin Honda Civic Type R 2:19.6253 0:03.5484
9 2 MPC Moutai Luke King Audi RS 3 2:21.1045 0:05.0276
10 33 Lowbake Racing GRM Dylan O’Keeffe Renault Megane RS 2:22.1763 0:06.0994
11 15 Michael Clemente Motorsport Michael Clemente Honda Civic Type R 2:22.4839 0:06.4070
12 97 Varta Batteries Liam McAdam Audi RS 3 2:22.6002 0:06.5233
13 37 MPC Astrontech Racing Chelsea Angelo Volkswagen Golf GTI 2:24.2579 0:08.1810
14 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 2:33.8433 0:17.7664
15 130 HMO Customer Racing Duvashen Padayachee Hyundai i30N 2:34.0037 0:17.9268
16 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R 2:34.1057 0:18.0288
17 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N 2:35.4371 0:19.3602
18 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N 2:37.8761 0:21.7992
19 17 Burson Auto Parts Racing Jason Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 2:38.9280 0:22.8511
20 7 Valvoline Racing GRM Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2:39.7987 0:23.7218
21 34 LMCT+ Racing GRM James Moffat Renault Megane RS 3:18.2066 1:02.1297
22 5 Garry Rogers Motorsport Jordan Cox Alfa Romeo Giulietta 3:21.3640 1:05.2871

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