Morcom leads Hyundai one-two in Sydney finale

Nathan Morcom. Picture: Australian Racing Group

Nathan Morcom has broken a 924-day victory drought in Supercheap Auto TCR Australia, holding off team-mate Josh Buchan in Race 3 at Sydney Motorsport Park.

It was Jordan Cox who led the field into the first corner but his time at the front would be shortlived, Morcom making his move at Turn 6 on the opening lap – and Luke King followed him through on Cox.

While there was plenty of rubbing back in the pack, a Hyundai one-two-three was shaping up as Buchan worked his way up to second, ahead of King.

Buchan was all over the back of the sister #11 HMO Customer Racing entry in the closing stages but Morcom would hang tough for his first win since Tailem Bend in 2019.

Cox found a way back past King late to break up the Hyundai trifecta, with Dylan O’Keeffe rounding out the five.

After starting 20th, Will Brown finished sixth – having ceded the position for a time to team-mate Jay Hanson before swapping back.

Michael Clemente, Bailey Sweeny and Ben Bargwanna were eighth through 10th while there were tales of woe for others.

Series leader Tony D’Alberto battled to 16th after first-lap contact with Brad Shiels, while Michael Caruso and James Moffat were others to be caught up in early skirmishes.

Fabian Coulthard finished 15th following a spin at the final corner, and Lachlan Mineeff was demoted to 19th as penalty for contact with Braydan Willmington.

D’Alberto now leads overall by 22 points from O’Keeffe, with Queensland Raceway to host Round 5 in August.

Results: Race 3

Position Number Team/Sponsor Driver Car Gap
1 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30 N TCR
2 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30 N TCR +0.5634
3 33 Swyftx GRM Jordan Cox Peugeot 308 TCR +5.0204
4 2 Moutai/ZIP PAY Luke King Hyundai i30 N TCR +5.5489
5 8 Schaeffler GRM Dylan O’Keeffe Peugeot 308 TCR +8.5688
6 999 MPC Team LIQUI MOLY Will Brown Audi RS3 LMS TCR +14.3300
7 9 AWC MPC Racing Jay Hanson Audi RS3 LMS TCR +14.6299
8 15 Michael Clemente Motorsport Michael Clemente Honda Civic Type R TCR +18.4936
9 130 HMO Customer Racing Bailey Sweeny Hyundai i30 N TCR +18.9440
10 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR +19.6584
11 41 Valvoline Racing GRM Kody Garland Renault Megane RS TCR +22.7286
12 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR +26.7228
13 333 Royal Purple Racing Brad Shiels Hyundai i30 N TCR +26.7907
14 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R TCR +34.6034
15 24 Stan Sport Wall Racing Fabian Coulthard Honda Civic Type R TCR +35.0330
16 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R TCR +35.3939
17 22 Melbourne Performance Centre Iain McDougall Audi RS3 LMS TCR +35.4985
18 89 Braydan Willmington Motorsports Braydan Willmington Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR +35.8485
19 14 Purple Sector Lachlan Mineeff Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR +44.6287
20 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR +1 lap
DNF 34 LMCT+ Racing GRM James Moffat Renault Megane RS TCR

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