Jordan Cox dominant in TA2 Muscle Cars at SMP
Saturday 14th October, 2023 - 10:29am
Jordan Cox capped off the first day of TA2 Muscle Car Series Framed by Hytek Steel Framing with victory in the opening race under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Driving Mark Crutcher’s Mustang while the owner is overseas at the Hi-Tec Oils Super Series, the TCR Star was fastest in qualifying and took out the Top 10 Shootout in a quality field that had several Trans Am front runners also competing.
Cox led from the start and won from points leader Dylan Thomas (Mustang) with Cody Gillis (Mustang) third. The initial challenger for the lead was Josh Haynes (Mustang) until contact with Gillis on Lap 2 relegated Haynes to 17th before a fightback.
In a Mustang lockout of the top 10 places, fourth place went to Tom Hayman from 17-year old Elliott Cleary (Mustang), Ben Grice, Jackson Rice, Kyle Gurton, Haynes and Brad Gartner. Nick Bates (Mustang) led Masters before a clash with Russell Wright (Mustang) on the final lap saw Wright retire, as well as John Holinger (Camaro) in the aftermath.
Brett Niall (Camaro) retired with an overheating issue, Josh Thomas (Mustang) had a differential issue that caused a Safety Car, and Josh Anderson (Mustang) was out with a drivetrain issue.
TA2 has three races on Saturday at 13:06, 18:06 and 20:11 AEDT. A live stream starts at 13:00 on Speedcafe, while the broadcast commences live and free on SBS Viceland from 17:40, simulcast on Fox Sports and Kayo.
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