Record lap puts Cox on top at TCR Bathurst 400
Tuesday 30th November, 2021 - 4:12pm
A pair of last-ditch flying laps have confirmed Jordan Cox’s early upper hand at the TCR Bathurst 400.
The #5 Alfa Romeo driver finished both Supercheap Auto TCR Australia practice sessions today well clear of the field.
In Practice 1 this morning, Cox was quickest on a 2:17.1491s – a benchmark which no other driver got within 1.3s of.
Come Practice 2, Cox left it late to make a charge on the timesheets, having been rooted to the bottom of the timesheets without a representative lap time until the dying minutes.
That’s when he sprung to life, posting a 2:15.4306s on what would be his penultimate timed effort, smashing the TCR practice/qualifying lap record from the Bathurst 6 Hour event earlier this year by almost four tenths.
He would be even quicker the next time around, improving to a 2:15.2422s with the chequered flag out.
In a quirk, even the new practice/qualifying lap record remains slower than the TCR race lap record at Bathurst; a 2:14.8162s set by Chaz Mostert during Race 1 of the Easter event.
Series leader Mostert was a non-starter in Practice 2 after crashing this morning.
German ace Chris Mies also missed the entire day of running as he completes a 72-hour quarantine period in line with new regulations for international arrivals triggered by the recent emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
The other key late improver of Practice 2 was Michael Caruso, recording a 2:16.0505s to leapfrog Ben Bargwanna, who had held sway for the bulk of the second half-hour session.
Every driver down to James Moffat in eighth set a faster Practice 2 time than Cox’s Practice 1 pace-setter, with Jay Hanson, Dylan O’Keeffe, Aaron Cameron, and Luke King filling fourth through seventh.
King holds the status of being the nearest title threat to Melbourne Performance Centre Audi team-mate Mostert, albeit 106 points adrift.
The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia field will be back on-track tomorrow morning for a two-part qualifying session, starting at 09:30 local time/AEDT.
Results: Combined practice, Supercheap Auto TCR Australia
|1||5||Jordan Cox||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||02:15.2422|
|2||150||Michael Caruso||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||02:16.0505||+0.8083|
|3||71||Ben Bargwanna||Peugeot 308 TCR||02:16.1430||+0.9008|
|4||9||Jay Hanson||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||02:16.3593||+1.1171|
|5||33||Dylan O’Keeffe||Renault Megane RS||02:16.3832||+1.1410|
|6||155||Aaron Cameron||Peugeot 308 TCR||02:16.5388||+1.2966|
|7||2||Luke King||Audi RS 3||02:16.5809||+1.3387|
|8||34||James Moffat||Renault Megane RS||02:16.6864||+1.4442|
|9||333||Bradley Shiels||Hyundai i30N||02:17.3035||+2.0613|
|10||24||John Martin||Honda Civic Type R||02:17.4103||+2.1681|
|11||17||Jason Bargwanna||Peugeot 308 TCR||02:17.7284||+2.4862|
|12||11||Nathan Morcom||Hyundai i30N||02:18.0204||+2.7782|
|13||30||Josh Buchan||Hyundai i30N||02:19.0081||+3.7659|
|14||14||Lachlan Mineeff||Volkswagen Golf GTI||02:19.0609||+3.8187|
|15||110||Zac Soutar||Honda Civic Type R||02:19.1113||+3.8691|
|16||25||Chaz Mostert||Audi RS 3||04:39.3446||+2:24.1024|