Morcom qualifies on TCR pole at Tasmania

Nathan Morcom. Picture: Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series

Hyundai’s Nathan Morcom has picked up a maiden Supercheap Auto TCR Australia pole position in Round 1 of the 2022 season at Symmons Plains.

The HMO Customer Racing driver clocked a 0:55.2931s with just over three minutes remaining in Qualifying 2 and that was good enough to put the #11 i30 N on top spot.

He will be joined on the front row by Melbourne Performance Centre’s Jay Hanson, who is giving the new-generation Audi RS 3 its first start outside of the WTCR – World Touring Car Cup this weekend.

Hanson was quickest initially in Q2 with a 0:58.0531s, and backed that up with a 0:55.7149s and 0:55.4638s on the following laps.

The former Alfa Romeo pilot was quickest until Morcom laid down the 55.2 on his fourth flyer, and that would stand up as the new TCR qualifying record at Symmons Plains International Raceway.

Hanson improved to a 0:55.3059s moments later and that proved crucial in snaring a front row berth given team-mate Will Brown got in a 0:55.4187s just before the chequered flag flew after 10 minutes of action in Q2.

The #999 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi will therefore start from third, next to the former Brown entry in the form of the #30 HMO Hyundai which is now steered by Josh Buchan.

Rounding out the top 10 were practice fast man Zac Soutar (Honda), James Moffat (Renault), Tony D’Alberto (Honda), Bailey Sweeny (Hyundai), Aaron Cameron (Peugeot), and Jordan Cox (Peugeot).

Earlier, in Qualifying 1, Brown was fastest on a 0:55.5057s while Dylan O’Keeffe was first on the outside of the top 10, missing out by a margin of 0.0025s.

O’Keeffe had his Garry Rogers Motorsport Peugeot in the back half of the top 10 during that session before being bumped when team-mate Cameron rescued a berth in Q2 with the chequered flag out.

Fabian Coulthard was briefly on to advance from the first, 15-minute stanza but is set to start his first ever TCR race from 13th on the grid in the #24 Wall Racing Honda.

Michael Caruso brings up the rear of the 19-car grid after a recurrence of power steering problems in the Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo Giulietta left him with time enough for only four laps, the best of which was a 0:57.1089s.

He will be alone on the 10th row given Kody Garland is already out of the event after crashing his Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault in Practice 1.

Race 1 at AWC Race Tasmania starts at 16:25 local time/AEDT, and will be stream lived on Stan Sport.

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Results: Qualifying 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N 0:55.2931
2 9 AWC MPC Racing Jay Hanson Audi RS 3 0:55.3059 0:00.0128
3 999 MPC Team LIQUI MOLY William Brown Audi RS 3 0:55.4187 0:00.1256
4 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N 0:55.4549 0:00.1618
5 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R 0:55.5122 0:00.2191
6 34 LMCT+ Racing GRM James Moffat Renault Megane RS 0:55.5254 0:00.2323
7 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R 0:55.6118 0:00.3187
8 130 HMO Customer Racing Bailey Sweeny Hyundai i30N 0:55.6402 0:00.3471
9 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR 0:55.9726 0:00.6795
10 33 Swyftx GRM Jordan Cox Peugeot 308 TCR 0:55.9978 0:00.7047

Results: Qualifying 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 999 MPC Team LIQUI MOLY William Brown Audi RS 3 0:55.5057  
2 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R 0:55.5421 0:00.0364
3 34 LMCT+ Racing GRM James Moffat Renault Megane RS 0:55.5457 0:00.0400
4 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N 0:55.5633 0:00.0576
5 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R 0:55.6060 0:00.1003
6 130 HMO Customer Racing Bailey Sweeny Hyundai i30N 0:55.6925 0:00.1868
7 9 AWC MPC Racing Jay Hanson Audi RS 3 0:55.6973 0:00.1916
8 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR 0:55.7924 0:00.2867
9 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N 0:55.8072 0:00.3015
10 33 Swyftx GRM Jordan Cox Peugeot 308 TCR 0:55.8258 0:00.3201
11 8 Schaeffler GRM Dylan O’Keeffe Peugeot 308 TCR 0:55.8283 0:00.3226
12 333 Royal Purple Racing Brad Shiels Hyundai i30N 0:55.8346 0:00.3289
13 24 Stan Sport Wall Racing Fabian Coulthard Honda Civic Type R 0:55.8651 0:00.3594
14 97 Forza Brakes Motorsport Liam McAdam Audi RS 3 0:55.9554 0:00.4497
15 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 0:56.0395 0:00.5338
16 14 Purple Sector Lachlan Mineeff Volkswagen Golf GTI 0:56.2200 0:00.7143
17 89 Braydan Willmington M’Sport Braydan Willmington Alfa Romeo Giulietta 0:56.4682 0:00.9625
18 44 Melbourne Performance Centre Eddie Maguire Volkswagen Golf GTI 0:56.6464 0:01.1407
19 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta 0:57.1089 0:01.6032

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