Cameron cruises to opening TCR Bathurst win

Aaron Cameron (left). Picture: Australian Racing Group

Aaron Cameron has converted pole position into victory in Supercheap Auto TCR Australia’s first race at Mount Panorama this year.

In what was a relatively uneventful 10-lapper, Cameron’s biggest challenge came in the opening moments as fellow front-row starter Ben Bargwanna got the better getaway.

Bargwanna hung around the outside, only for Cameron to win the drag race down to Griffins Bend, never looking back from there as he gradually eked his margin out to 2.8633s at the flag.

Bargwanna was elevated to second on the grid after Jordan Cox incurred a three-place penalty for impeding Will Brown during qualifying.

Cox wasted little time in making it a Peugeot 1-2-3-4 once more as debutant Tim Slade was shuffled back a couple of spots having started a fine fourth substituting for Fabian Coulthard in the #24 Stan Sport Wall Racing Honda.

However, Cox’s hopes of snatching third off Dylan O’Keeffe came crashing down when he was forced to park up on Lap 5 coming out of The Cutting due to overheating issues.

Cox had entered the encounter second in the standings, 12 points behind leader Tony D’Alberto, but his tally has now taken a hit due to the DNF.

As Cameron, Bargwanna and O’Keeffe continued to hold the podium placings with ease, Brown was on a charge to fourth.

The 2019 title winner gained more positions than any other driver in rising from eighth, coming home ahead of James Moffat and Slade.

Bailey Sweeny lost two spots on the final lap, meaning D’Alberto and Josh Buchan finished seventh and eighth, while Michael Caruso rounded out the top 10.

The Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo driver accordingly will start Race 2 later this afternoon from pole position, given it is a reverse top 10 grid affair.

Cox was the race’s only casualty, all other 20 drivers finishing on the lead lap.

D’Alberto now leads by 33 points over Brown, with Zac Soutar retaining third and Cox dropping to fourth.

Race 2 will start at 17:10 AEST today.

Results: Race 1

Position Number Team Driver Vehicle Gap
1 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR
2 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR +2.8633
3 8 Schaeffler GRM Dylan O’Keeffe Peugeot 308 TCR +7.8467
4 999 MPC Team LIQUI MOLY Will Brown Audi RS3 LMS TCR +13.2566
5 34 LMCT+ Racing GRM James Moffat Renault Megane R.S. TCR +14.0779
6 24 Stan Sport Wall Racing Tim Slade Honda Civic Type R TCR +14.8106
7 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R TCR +15.7566
8 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N TCR +16.1149
9 130 HMO Customer Racing Bailey Sweeny Hyundai i30N TCR +16.8021
10 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR +19.0829
11 333 Royal Purple Racing Brad Shiels Hyundai i30N TCR +20.9659
12 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N TCR +22.9636
13 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R TCR +24.0903
14 9 AWC MPC Racing Jay Hanson Audi RS3 LMS TCR +24.6580
15 15 Michael Clemente Motorsport Michael Clemente Honda Civic Type R TCR +26.7385
16 2 DashSport Luke King Hyundai i30 N TCR +28.3921
17 41 Valvoline Racing GRM Kody Garland Renault Megane R.S. TCR +29.1019
18 14 Purple Sector Lachlan Mineeff Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR +29.4269
19 89 Braydan Willmington Motorsports Braydan Willmington Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR +43.3341
20 22 Melbourne Performance Centre Iain McDougall Audi RS3 LMS TCR +47.0492
DNF 33 Swyftx GRM Jordan Cox Peugeot 308 TCR

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