Hanson wins reverse top 10 TCR race

Jay Hanson. Picture: Australian Racing Group

Jay Hanson has bounced back from a rough run of form to return to the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia winners’ circle at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Hanson started from pole in the reverse top 10 race by virtue of finishing 10th in last night’s race, and never gave up top spot during the 16 laps this morning.

Fellow front-row starter Brad Shiels fell into the clutches of Tony D’Alberto and Luke King off the line as fierce battles broke out up and down the field on the opening lap.

Most spectacularly, Dylan O’Keeffe’s efforts to defend against Jordan Cox on the front straight saw nose-to-tail contact near the inside wall on pit straight.

They were lucky to escape with no more than a wobble, while further ahead King mowed down D’Alberto to take second.

King would hold position from there to clinch his first podium of the season, having missed the opening couple of rounds.

He wasn’t able to ever really mount a serious challenge against Hanson though, with 1.8301s the final victory margin.

For Hanson, it’s his third TCR win in 2022, and comes after a heavy crash at Bathurst and another incident in qualifying yesterday.

Nathan Morcom rounded out the podium while D’Alberto hung on for fourth despite dropping almost 10 seconds off the lead trio.

Cox, Shiels, James Moffat, O’Keeffe, Zac Soutar and Will Brown rounded out the top 10.

It was a particularly fine comeback drive from Brown, who had started 21st and last after a costly DNF last night due to broken suspension.

Race 1 winner Josh Buchan limped his way to 12th after also being passed by Fabian Coulthard, while Aaron Cameron never recovered from a shocking getaway and was just 15th at the flag.

Ben Bargwanna’s dire weekend continued, a turbo hose issue forcing him three laps down, while neither Iain McDougall nor Kody Garland made it to the finish.

Cox and King are due to share the front row in Race 3, starting at 16:10 AEST.

Results: Race 2

Position Number Team/Sponsor Driver Car Gap
1 9 AWC MPC Racing Jay Hanson Audi RS3 LMS TCR
2 2 Moutai/ZIP PAY Luke King Hyundai i30 N TCR +1.8301
3 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30 N TCR +3.4047
4 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R TCR +13.1425
5 33 Swyftx GRM Jordan Cox Peugeot 308 TCR +14.3301
6 333 Royal Purple Racing Brad Shiels Hyundai i30 N TCR +14.8792
7 34 LMCT+ Racing GRM James Moffat Renault Megane RS TCR +15.1717
8 8 Schaeffler GRM Dylan O’Keeffe Peugeot 308 TCR +17.1675
9 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R TCR +22.5971
10 999 MPC Team LIQUI MOLY Will Brown Audi RS3 LMS TCR +22.8410
11 24 Stan Sport Wall Racing Fabian Coulthard Honda Civic Type R TCR +23.3002
12 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30 N TCR +23.5012
13 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR +23.8699
14 15 Michael Clemente Motorsport Michael Clemente Honda Civic Type R TCR +24.4492
15 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR +24.9356
16 14 Purple Sector Lachlan Mineeff Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR +31.7978
17 89 Braydan Willmington Motorsports Braydan Willmington Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR +32.6924
18 130 HMO Customer Racing Bailey Sweeny Hyundai i30 N TCR +39.0648
19 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR +3 laps
DNF 22 Melbourne Performance Centre Iain McDougall Audi RS3 LMS TCR
DNF 41 Valvoline Racing GRM Kody Garland Renault Megane RS TCR

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