Oliphant loses TCR Race 1 finish after shortcut drama

Tom Oliphant. Picture: Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series

Tom Oliphant. Picture: Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series

Tom Oliphant has been declared a DNF in Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series Race 1 at Phillip Island after an apparent shortcut.

Oliphant was originally classified 10th and hence would have started from first position in this morning’s Race 2 but is now a DNF on the Provisional Results.

The Briton had stopped at the paddock gate beyond the Miller Corner (Turn 4) run-off area with a problem for his new Lynk & Co 03.

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He would later reappear in the pits, where the Ashley Seward Motorsport crew went to work, before dispatching him again.

Oliphant went on to take the chequered flag two laps down in 10th, where the grid inversion for the second race of the weekend ordinarily kicks in.

The change to the results leaves just nine drivers classified as finishers, meaning it may well be Bradley Harris who sits first on the grid for the start of Race 2.

Hyundai driver Josh Buchan led all 16 laps in Race 1.

Results: Race 1 Updated

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 30 HMO Customer Racing Josh Buchan Hyundai i30N Sedan 16 26:34.5763
2 14 Forza Brakes Motorsport Lachlan Mineeff Audi RS3 LMS SEQ 16 26:36.7375
3 18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron Peugeot 308 TCR 16 26:39.2095
4 130 HMO Customer Racing Bailey Sweeny Hyundai i30N TCR 16 26:39.8699
5 71 Burson Auto Parts Racing Ben Bargwanna Peugeot 308 TCR 16 26:41.8748
6 15 Michael Clemente Motorsport Michael Clemente Cupra Leon TCR 16 26:47.1559
7 41 Valvoline Racing GRM Kody Garland Peugeot 308 TCR 16 26:48.8703
8 33 Schaeffler GRM Jordan Cox Peugeot 308 TCR 16 26:49.3472
9 74 Exclusive Switchboards Brad Harris Honda Civic FK7 TCR 15 27:51.8995
DNF 1 Honda Wall Racing Tony D’Alberto Honda Civic FK7 TCR 14 23:18.6859
DNF 115 Ashley Seward Motorsport Tom Oliphant LYNK & CO 10 16:48.1811
DNF 110 Team Soutar Motorsport Zac Soutar Audi RS3 LMS TCR 7 11:41.2299
DNF 9 MPC Team LIQUI MOLY William Brown Audi RS3 LMS TCR 1 1:49.7123

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