D’Alberto in box seat for TCR title after Race 2 cancellation

Tony D’Alberto. Picture: Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series

Tony D’Alberto will take a 49-point lead into this afternoon’s final encounter of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series after Race 2 was cancelled due to bad weather conditions.

Low visibility saw that contest red-flagged as the field followed the Safety Car around Mount Panorama on what was officially Lap 1, and no restart would ever come.

As such, no points were awarded, and although the starting grid for Race 3 will officially be determined on aggregate round points so far, including those issued for Qualifying 2, it will be a match for the Race 1 results.

That means Bailey Sweeny (Hyundai) will start from first position and Dylan O’Keeffe (Peugeot) will join him on the front row.

As far as series contenders go, Will Brown (Audi, third in series) will start sixth, D’Alberto (Honda) in 11th, and Jordan Cox (Peugeot) in 14th.

The latter is 51 points off top spot and, with 75 points on offer for victory in Race 3, Josh Buchan (Hyundai) is also a mathematical chance of the title at 72 points behind D’Alberto, but faces an extremely difficult task even before accounting for his starting position of ninth.

As for D’Alberto, he needs only 26 more points to secure the title, which equates to a finish of 12th in this afternoon’s 20-lap encounter.

In that case, even if Brown wins the race, he would only draw level on series points and lose on the first countback of race wins, given he is officially yet to achieve one in 2022 and D’Alberto scored two at Queensland Raceway.

If Cox wins the race, D’Alberto still needs 12th because they would be tied on the first countback (two race wins each) and Cox is up on the second countback (two second places to one).

If Brown finishes second, which pays 69 points, D’Alberto need only get the 20 points which are available for 17th in what is currently an 18-car field after the withdrawal of fastest qualifier Jay Hanson following a crash which damaged his Audi.

Should Brown only make his way to third in Race 3, and Cox only to second, D’Alberto need only finish.

Buchan cannot win the series if D’Alberto finishes the race.

A start is due at 15:50 local time/AEDT, with the contest to be streamed live and ad-free on Stan Sport.

Results: Race 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 130 HMO Customer Racing Bailey Sweeny Hyundai i30N 18 44:34.9975
2 8 Schaeffler GRM Dylan O’Keeffe Peugeot 308 TCR 18 44:36.8832
3 11 HMO Customer Racing Nathan Morcom Hyundai i30N 18 44:38.3970
4 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR 18 44:41.9759
5 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 18 44:42.1763
6 999 MPC Team LIQUI MOLY William Brown Audi RS 3 18 44:43.5158
7 14 Forza Brakes Motorsport Lachlan Mineeff Audi RS 3 18 44:44.7207
8 20 Peugeot Sport GRM Teddy Clairet Peugeot 308 18 44:47.5181
9 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N 18 44:47.8794
10 10 Ashley Seward Motorsport Michael Caruso Alfa Romeo Giulietta 18 44:47.9891
11 50 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic Type R 18 44:48.6444
12 41 Valvoline Racing GRM Kody Garland Renault Megane RS 18 44:50.3585
13 15 Michael Clemente Motorsport Michael Clemente Audi RS 3 18 44:50.7612
14 33 Swyftx GRM Jordan Cox Peugeot 308 TCR 18 44:51.4822
15 22 Melbourne Performance Centre Iain McDougall Audi RS 3 18 44:53.4404
16 34 LMCT+ Racing GRM James Moffat Renault Megane RS 18 45:56.5180
17 2 MOUTAI /Zip Pay Luke King Hyundai i30N 18 47:27.2647
DNF 9 AWC MPC Racing Jay Hanson Audi RS 3 16 40:04.2521
DNF 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Honda Civic Type R 9 21:16.6920

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Tony D’Alberto 676
2 William Brown 627
3 Jordan Cox 625
4 Josh Buchan 604
5 Dylan O’Keeffe 577
6 Zac Soutar 565
7 Bailey Sweeny 541
8 Nathan Morcom 536
9 Ben Bargwanna 535
10 Jay Hanson 533
11 Aaron Cameron 522
12 Michael Caruso 480
13 James Moffat 402
14 Lachlan Mineeff 388
15 Michael Clemente 347
16 Luke King 319
17 Brad Shiels 317
18 Iain McDougall 316
19 Kody Garland 268
20 Fabian Coulthard 255
21 Braydan Willmington 234
22 Liam McAdam 103
23 Tim Slade 59
24 Eddie Maguire 58
25 Teddy Clairet 40

Race podiums, 2022

Driver 1st 2nd 3rd
Tony D’Alberto 2 1 2
Will Brown 0 4 1
Jordan Cox 1 2 4
Josh Buchan 1 2 2

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