Cox fastest as Coulthard impresses in TCR

Jordan Cox

Fabian Coulthard has impressed in Supercheap Auto TCR Australia practice at Phillip Island, even if he was pipped late by Jordan Cox.

Coulthard sat atop the timesheet for a fair chunk of Practice 2 this afternoon on a 1:36.5938s.

That effort had him more than four tenths clear of nearest threat Cox at the halfway mark, although the latter would inch ahead in the final few laps before qualifying tomorrow.

Cox’s best time of a 1:36.5701s left him just 0.0237s ahead of second-placed Coulthard at the close of play.

After a slow start to life in TCR for the 13-time Supercars Championship race winner, the #24 Stan Sport Honda’s pace offers a promising sign of front-running potential.

Coulthard had only once before finished a TCR practice, qualifying or race session inside the top 10, that being Practice 2 at Symmons Plains last month when he was fourth fastest.

Notably, no driver managed to knock off the Practice 1 benchmark laid down by the #9 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi of Jay Hanson (1:36.2042s).

Hanson wound up seventh in afternoon practice, with Aaron Cameron, Josh Buchan, Dylan O’Keeffe and Ben Bargwanna third through sixth.

Will Brown, Michael Caruso and Kody Garland completed the top 10, all of whom were within a second of Cox.

The TCR field will next be on track tomorrow at 11:20 (local time/AEDT) for the start of qualifying.

Stan Sport’s exclusive live and ad-free coverage of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships event at Phillip Island runs from 11:00-17:00 AEDT on both Saturday and Sunday.

Results: Practice 2, Supercheap Auto TCR Australia

Pos Number Driver Model Best lap Diff
1 33 Jordan Cox Peugeot 308 TCR 1:36.5701
2 24 Fabian Coulthard Honda Civic Type R TCR 1:36.5938 +0.0237
3 18 Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR 1:36.7512 +0.1811
4 30 Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N TCR 1:36.8366 +0.2665
5 8 Dylan O’Keeffe Peugeot 308 TCR 1:36.9487 +0.3786
6 71 Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 1:37.0314 +0.4613
7 9 Jay Hanson Audi RS3 LMS TCR 1:37.1003 +0.5302
8 999 Will Brown Audi RS3 LMS TCR 1:37.1981 +0.6280
9 10 Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 1:37.2233 +0.6532
10 41 Kody Garland Renault Megane R.S. TCR 1:37.5628 +0.9927
11 11 Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N TCR 1:37.8023 +1.2322
12 97 Liam McAdam Audi RS3 LMS TCR 1:37.8440 +1.2739
13 110 Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R TCR 1:37.9064 +1.3363
14 130 Bailey Sweeny Hyundai i30N TCR 1:38.0433 +1.4732
15 50 Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R TCR 1:38.1220 +1.5519
16 333 Brad Shiels Hyundai i30N TCR 1:38.2377 +1.6676
17 34 James Moffat Renault Megane R.S. TCR 1:38.3637 +1.7936
18 22 Iain McDougall Audi RS3 LMS TCR 1:38.4631 +1.8930
19 15 Michael Clemente Honda Civic Type R TCR 1:38.7048 +2.1347
20 89 Braydan Willmington Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR 1:39.0006 +2.4305
21 14 Lachlan Mineeff Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 1:39.6110 +3.0409

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