Cox fastest as Coulthard impresses in TCR
Friday 18th March, 2022 - 3:21pm
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.
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Results: Practice 2, Supercheap Auto TCR Australia
|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|