Cameron cruises to opening TCR Bathurst win
Saturday 16th April, 2022 - 3:23pm
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
|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|