Moffat tops opening TCR practice

James Moffat. Picture: Tayler Burke

James Moffat has gone fastest in Practice 1 for Round 4 of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Moffat, one of the early pace-setters, sat fifth before he clocked a 1:35.3691s in his Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault Megane in the last of 30 minutes.

The effort meant he beat Lee Holdsworth to top spot by 0.1681s after the Ashley Seward Motorsport driver had rolled out a 1:35.5372s in his Alfa Romeo in the 26th minute.

Holdsworth had been duelling with John Martin (Honda) at the time and the Wall Racing driver wound up fourth with a personal best of 1:35.6949s, behind Dylan O’Keeffe, in another GRM Renault, on a 1:35.6795s.

Fifth went to Tony D’Alberto (Honda), from Michael Caruso (Alfa Romeo), Jason Bargwanna (Peugeot), Jordan Cox (Alfa Romeo), and Ben Bargwanna (Peugeot).

Series leader Chaz Mostert was quickest after the initial flyers but ended up 10th all told in his Audi, with a best time of 1:36.6533s.

His nearest rival in the standings, Aaron Cameron (Peugeot), was also one position behind on the Practice 1 timesheet with a 1:36.7809s.

There was an interruption just beyond the halfway mark when Josh Buchan (Hyundai) stopped in the second sector, although the session restarted after around four minutes under red flag.

Practice 2 at the Sydney Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships event starts at 14:45 local time/AEST.

Results: Practice 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 34 LMCT+ Racing GRM James Moffat Renault Megane RS 1:35.3691  
2 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Lee Holdsworth Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:35.5372 0:00.1681
3 33 Lowbake Racing GRM Dylan O’Keeffe Renault Megane RS 1:35.6795 0:00.3104
4 24 Mobil 1 Wall Racing John Martin Honda Civic Type R 1:35.6949 0:00.3258
5 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R 1:35.7166 0:00.3475
6 150 Valvoline Racing GRM Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:36.1091 0:00.7400
7 17 Burson Auto Parts Racing Jason Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 1:36.3626 0:00.9935
8 5 Garry Rogers Motorsport Jordan Cox Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:36.4747 0:01.1056
9 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 1:36.4850 0:01.1159
10 25 MPC Bostik Racing Chaz Mostert Audi RS 3 1:36.6533 0:01.2842
11 155 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR 1:36.7809 0:01.4118
12 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R 1:36.8280 0:01.4589
13 2 MPC Moutai Racing Luke King Audi RS 3 1:36.9594 0:01.5903
14 130 HMO Customer Racing Duvashen Padayachee Hyundai i30N 1:37.0767 0:01.7076
15 37 MPC Astrontech Racing Chelsea Angelo Volkswagen Golf GTI 1:37.3041 0:01.9350
16 15 Michael Clemente Motorsport Michael Clemente Honda Civic Type R 1:37.3641 0:01.9950
17 14 Southern Star Truck Services Lachlan Mineeff Volkswagen Golf GTI 1:37.7033 0:02.3342
18 333 Tilton Racing Brad Shiels Hyundai i30N 1:37.8211 0:02.4520
19 9 Ashley Seward Motorsport Jay Hanson Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:38.1576 0:02.7885
20 111 AH Racing Michael King Hyundai i30N 1:38.7382 0:03.3691
21 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N 1:41.1429 0:05.7738
22 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N 9:21.6257 7:46.2566

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