Hanson takes TCR pole after Coulthard comes unstuck

Jay Hanson. Picture: Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series

Jay Hanson has qualified on pole position in the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series at Phillip Island, while Fabian Coulthard caused an early end to proceedings.

Hanson completed the pole lap literally a second before the red flag was called due to Coulthard beaching the #24 Stan Sport Honda Civic Type R at Southern Loop in the seventh minute of Qualifying 2.

The session would not restart, locking the #9 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi RS 3 into top spot on the grid, with Michael Caruso also getting onto the front row for this afternoon’s encounter in his Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce.

Coulthard had been third-quickest at the time of his incident but is set to lose his fastest lap.

Having not banked another by that point, the New Zealander is likely to drop to Row 5, alongside Will Brown in the #999 MPC Audi.

That was not the only talking point from qualifying, however, with series leader Josh Buchan and the other three Hyundai drivers in the field all failing to advance from the first stanza.

Coulthard had been on provisional pole in Qualifying 1 and was fastest initially when Q2 got underway, setting a 1:36.3447s on his first and ultimately only flyer.

Caruso then went to the top on a 1:36.2083s, before he was usurped by Hanson’s last-second effort.

Dylan O’Keeffe (Peugeot) is set to inherit third on the grid, from Liam McAdam (Audi), Jordan Cox (Peugeot), Zac Soutar (Honda), Tony D’Alberto (Honda), and Lachlan Mineeff (Volkswagen).

Ironically, D’Alberto was caught out by team-mate Coulthard’s off, having not had a chance to have a proper crack at a lap time on a second run.

He also had a hair-raising moment on his first, when he kicked up the dirt between Southern Loop and Stoner Corner after coming up on a slow-moving Mineeff.

Earlier, in Qualifying 1, Coulthard was fastest on a 1:36.1219s, with D’Alberto making for a Wall Racing one-two.

None of the four Hyundai’s in the field got through, with Nathan Morcom 12th and Bailey Sweeny 13th.

Arguably more surprising was the fact that their HMO Customer Racing team-mate Buchan was only 17th on a 1:37.5915s.

James Moffat was 19th in his Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault, with the 21-car field rounded out by Hyundai privateer Brad Shiels.

Race 1, a 16-lapper, starts at 16:15 local time/AEDT, and will be stream lived and ad-free on Stan Sport.

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Results: Qualifying 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 9 AWC MPC Racing Jay Hanson Audi RS 3 1:35.8130
2 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:36.2083 0:00.3953
3 8 Schaeffler GRM Dylan O’Keeffe Peugeot 308 TCR 1:36.6355 0:00.8225
4 97 Forza Brakes Motorsport Liam McAdam Audi RS 3 1:36.6820 0:00.8690
5 33 Swyftx GRM Jordan Cox Peugeot 308 TCR 1:36.9200 0:01.1070
6 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R 1:37.1596 0:01.3466
7 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R 1:37.2355 0:01.4225
8 14 Purple Sector Lachlan Mineeff Volkswagen Golf GTI 1:47.2941 0:11.4811
9 24 Stan Sport Wall Racing Fabian Coulthard Honda Civic Type R
10 999 MPC Team LIQUI MOLY William Brown Audi RS 3

Results: Qualifying 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 24 Stan Sport Wall Racing Fabian Coulthard Honda Civic Type R 1:36.1219
2 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R 1:36.5291 0:00.4072
3 33 Swyftx GRM Jordan Cox Peugeot 308 TCR 1:36.7694 0:00.6475
4 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:36.8247 0:00.7028
5 999 MPC Team LIQUI MOLY William Brown Audi RS 3 1:36.9530 0:00.8311
6 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R 1:37.0217 0:00.8998
7 8 Schaeffler GRM Dylan O’Keeffe Peugeot 308 TCR 1:37.0583 0:00.9364
8 97 Forza Brakes Motorsport Liam McAdam Audi RS 3 1:37.1625 0:01.0406
9 9 AWC MPC Racing Jay Hanson Audi RS 3 1:37.1630 0:01.0411
10 14 Purple Sector Lachlan Mineeff Volkswagen Golf GTI 1:37.2775 0:01.1556
11 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 1:37.2871 0:01.1652
12 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N 1:37.3200 0:01.1981
13 130 HMO Customer Racing Bailey Sweeny Hyundai i30N 1:37.3425 0:01.2206
14 22 Melbourne Performance Centre Iain McDougall Audi RS 3 1:37.3699 0:01.2480
15 15 Michael Clemente Motorsport Michael Clemente Honda Civic Type R 1:37.4049 0:01.2830
16 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR 1:37.4241 0:01.3022
17 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N 1:37.5915 0:01.4696
18 41 Valvoline Racing GRM Kody Garland Renault Megane RS 1:37.5987 0:01.4768
19 34 LMCT+ Racing GRM James Moffat Renault Megane RS 1:37.7401 0:01.6182
20 89 Braydan Willmington M’Sport Braydan Willmington Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:37.9028 0:01.7809
21 333 Royal Purple Racing Brad Shiels Hyundai i30N 1:37.9866 0:01.8647

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