Soutar pips GRM duo in TCR practice at Symmons Plains
Friday 11th February, 2022 - 2:57pm
Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series privateer Zac Soutar has set the pace in an ultra-tight Friday of practice for Round 1 of the 2022 season at Symmons Plains.
Soutar wheeled his Honda Civic Type R to a 0:55.4522s in the latter stages of the second, half-hour session for the hot hatch category at AWC Race Tasmania, knocking off some of the big names in the field.
James Moffat and Dylan O’Keeffe made for two Garry Rogers Motorsport entries in a top three covered by only 0.0317s, with debutant Fabian Coulthard fourth-quickest in a Wall Racing Honda and Practice 1 fast man Will Brown fifth.
HMO Customer Racing’s Nathan Morcom was quick early on, moving the benchmark on each of his first three flying laps.
The Hyundai driver held sway with a 0:55.8952s when he pitted after half a dozen minutes, before Brown steered his Melbourne Performance Centre Audi RS 3 to a 0:55.7794s.
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Morcom took the ascendancy back from his former team-mate in clocking a 0:55.6972s on his second run in the #11 i30 N, before Brown responded in kind with a 0:55.5838s.
O’Keeffe then rolled out back-to-back 0:55.5062s and 0:55.4839s laps in his Peugeot 308, but the latter was bettered moments after when team-mate Moffat achieved a 0:55.4811s in his Renault Megane RS.
Soutar (Team Soutar Motorsport) went faster than all of them with that 0:55.4522s inside the final six minutes, and there was little movement at the pointy end thereafter.
Coulthard did, however, subsequently creep from fifth to fourth with a 0:55.4996s, a time which was only 0.0474s slower than Soutar’s best and less than a tenth quicker than Brown’s.
Sixth through ninth were Jordan Cox (Peugeot), Morcom, Tony D’Alberto (Honda), and Josh Buchan (Hyundai), the latter of whom was last classified of those to go underneath Brown’s practice 1 benchmark of 0:55.7197s.
Bailey Sweeny (Hyundai) rounded out the top 10, 2021 series runner-up Aaron Cameron (Peugeot) was 11th, and Michael Caruso ended up 19th with a 1:00.6551s after a power steering problem for the Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Caruso thus propped up the timesheet for Practice 2, with Kody Garland not taking to the track after crashing his Renault in Practice 1.
Results: Practice 2
|1||110||Team Soutar Motorsport||Zac Soutar||Honda Civic Type R||0:55.4522|
|2||34||LMCT+ Racing GRM||James Moffat||Renault Megane RS||0:55.4811||0:00.0289|
|3||8||Schaeffler GRM||Dylan O’Keeffe||Peugeot 308 TCR||0:55.4839||0:00.0317|
|4||24||Stan Sport Wall Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Honda Civic Type R||0:55.4996||0:00.0474|
|5||999||MPC Team LIQUI MOLY||William Brown||Audi RS 3||0:55.5838||0:00.1316|
|6||33||Swyftx GRM||Jordan Cox||Renault Megane RS||0:55.6214||0:00.1692|
|7||11||HMO Customer Racing||Nathan Morcom||Hyundai i30N||0:55.6226||0:00.1704|
|8||50||Honda Wall Racing||Tony D’Alberto||Honda Civic Type R||0:55.6574||0:00.2052|
|9||30||HMO Customer Racing||Josh Buchan||Hyundai i30N||0:55.7042||0:00.2520|
|10||130||HMO Customer Racing||Bailey Sweeny||Hyundai i30N||0:55.8600||0:00.4078|
|11||18||Team Valvoline GRM||Aaron Cameron||Peugeot 308 TCR||0:55.8683||0:00.4161|
|12||333||Royal Purple Racing||Brad Shiels||Hyundai i30N||0:55.9390||0:00.4868|
|13||9||AWC MPC Racing||Jay Hanson||Audi RS 3||0:56.0304||0:00.5782|
|14||71||Burson Auto Parts Racing||Ben Bargwanna||Peugeot 308 TCR||0:56.0511||0:00.5989|
|15||97||Forza Brakes Motorsport||Liam McAdam||Audi RS 3||0:56.0973||0:00.6451|
|16||14||Purple Sector||Lachlan Mineeff||Volkswagen Golf GTI||0:56.2543||0:00.8021|
|17||89||Braydan Willmington M’Sport||Braydan Willmington||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||0:56.6487||0:01.1965|
|18||44||Melbourne Performance Centre||Eddie Maguire||Volkswagen Golf GTI||0:57.2066||0:01.7544|
|19||10||Ashley Seward Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||1:00.6551||0:05.2029|