Cameron wins TCR Race 3 from Sweeny

Aaron Cameron takes the chequered flag. Picture: Australian Racing Group

Aaron Cameron has hauled himself back into the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia title fight with a second race win in as many days at Mount Panorama.

With one DNF in each of the first two rounds at Symmons Plains and Phillip Island, Cameron arrived at Bathurst positioned 13th in the series.

He is now up in fourth, and just 54 points adrift of leader Tony D’Alberto.

Cameron pipped team-mate Jordan Cox for pole yesterday with the fastest ever TCR lap around The Mountain, and converted that into victory in Race 1.

An eventful second encounter left him ninth, but he bounced back to comfortably win Race 3.

The #18 Peugeot driver got the jump on Garry Rogers Motorsport stablemate James Moffat to lead into Hell Corner and streak off into the distance.

By the end of Lap 1, Cameron enjoyed a 3.5s buffer over the Moffat-led train of cars, and his advantage was 5.4s after another 6.213km.

Moffat came under pressure from Dylan O’Keeffe at that point, but maintained position by virtue of a criss-cross manoeuvre out of Murray’s Corner.

While Cameron ran his own race, Bailey Sweeny showed more of the pace that got him the Race 2 win, making his way into second by Lap 5 with a pass on Moffat at The Chase.

By the time Moffat reached Griffins Bend, he was pulling off a spectacular save after getting sideways having run side-by-side with O’Keeffe, replays inconclusive as to whether contact was made.

That shuffled the #34 Renault back to seventh, although he would recover to fifth by the end.

That effort would be aided by a five-second penalty hanging over Will Brown’s head for a bump-and-run on Josh Buchan at Murray’s Corner, and Ben Bargwanna running wide in successive corners at Murray’s and Hell.

When the order shook out, it was Cameron, Sweeny, O’Keeffe, Buchan, Moffat, Bargwanna and Brown in seventh.

Brad Shiels beat D’Alberto to eighth, with Jordan Cox rounding out the 10 having again had to start from last.

Tim Slade came home just 19th, having been spun at Murray’s, while Kody Garland was the only driver off the lead lap having hit the wall at Griffins early in the piece.

In the overall standings, D’Alberto now is 28 points clear of O’Keeffe, with Brown third, Cameron fourth and Bargwanna fifth.

Round 4 of the TCR Australia season takes place at Sydney Motorsport Park across May 27-29, with Stan Sport providing exclusive coverage.

UPDATE: A number of penalties have been applied post-race, specifically 30 seconds for each of Car #2 (Luke King) and Car #14 (Lachlan Mineeff), and 10 seconds for Car #8 (Dylan O’Keeffe). Josh Buchan has subsequently been promoted to third.

Also as a result, Will Brown has moved into second overall (37 points behind Tony D’Alberto) ahead of O’Keeffe, and Ben Bargwanna has risen to fourth ahead of Aaron Cameron.

Results: Race 3

Position Number Team Driver Vehicle Gap
1 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR
2 130 HMO Customer Racing Bailey Sweeny Hyundai i30N TCR +6.612
3 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N TCR +11.121
4 34 LMCT+ Racing GRM James Moffat Renault Megane R.S. TCR +12.830
5 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR +13.522
6 999 MPC Team LIQUI MOLY Will Brown Audi RS3 LMS TCR +14.745
7 333 Royal Purple Racing Brad Shiels Hyundai i30N TCR +15.126
8 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R TCR +16.572
9 8 Schaeffler GRM Dylan O’Keeffe Peugeot 308 TCR +17.941
10 33 Swyftx GRM Jordan Cox Peugeot 308 TCR +18.034
11 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR +27.454
12 15 Michael Clemente Motorsport Michael Clemente Honda Civic Type R TCR +27.811
13 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R TCR +28.130
14 9 AWC MPC Racing Jay Hanson Audi RS3 LMS TCR +28.567
15 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N TCR +29.603
16 89 Braydan Willmington Motorsports Braydan Willmington Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR +36.193
17 24 Stan Sport Wall Racing Tim Slade Honda Civic Type R TCR +36.840
18 22 Melbourne Performance Centre Iain McDougall Audi RS3 LMS TCR +51.639
19 2 DashSport Luke King Hyundai i30 N TCR +58.792
20 14 Purple Sector Lachlan Mineeff Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR +59.412
21 41 Valvoline Racing GRM Kody Garland Renault Megane R.S. TCR +2 laps

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Tony D’Alberto 322
2 Will Brown 285
3 Dylan O’Keeffe 280
4 Ben Bargwanna 267
5 Aaron Cameron 266
6 Josh Buchan 263
7 Zac Soutar 261
8 Jordan Cox 260
9 Michael Caruso 255
10 Jay Hanson 250
11 Bailey Sweeny 249
12 Brad Shiels 238
13 Nathan Morcom 227
14 James Moffat 221
15 Fabian Coulthard 198
16 Braydan Willmington 177
17 Lachlan Mineeff 172
18 Iain McDougall 112
19 Liam McAdam 103
20 Michael Clemente 96
21 Kody Garland 87
22 Tim Slade 59
23 Eddie Maguire 58
24 Luke King 57

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