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Sábado, 18 Maio 2019 06:31 | Actualizado em Domingo, 24 Outubro 2021 18:16

Eight different makes in top 10 after second Sydney TCR practice

All eight car brands in the TCR Australia Series have finished inside the top 10 during the second practice session at Sydney Motorsport Park today.

Hyundai driver Michael Almond topped the second session, matching his efforts from Practice 1 earlier today.

The result has blown away many of his rivals as Almond had not driven the car prior to the event, and was only a late confirmed starter in the brand-new under 2-litre touring car class.

Second place went to Dylan O’Keeffe in his Ashley Seward Motorsport-prepared Alfa Romeo. After struggling in the first practice session, O’Keeffe said that he made one set-up change, added two new green front Michelins and blasted his way to second on the timesheets.

Honda driver John Martin was third overall, the same result that he set in Practice 1. Martin did endure a big moment, though after blowing a tyre during the final moments of the session.

Nathan Morcom (Hyundai), Tony D’Alberto (Honda), Jason Bright (Volkswagen), Rik Breukers (Audi), Andre Heimgartner (Subaru), James Moffat (Renault) and Alex Rullo (Holden) rounded out the top 10.

Rullo was lucky to avoid damage when he had a wild spin at turn one, causing a red flag that ultimately ended the session.

Will Brown’s Hyundai did not make it onto the circuit after the HMO Customer Racing team discover a steering issue prior to the start of the session.

Qualifying and Race 1 of the carsales TCR Australia Series will be held tomorrow, with the race broadcast live, free and in HD on SBS from 2-3pm AEST.

The two Melbourne Performance Centre entries of Aaron Cameron and Rik Breukers. Click here for high-resolution image options.


Michael Almond
Driver, GWR Australia

“We couldn’t have had a much better day to start the TCR Australia season,” said Almond.

“GWR Australia and Platinum Motorsport have done a great job putting this Hyundai i30 N together.

“Astrontech and Commercial Interior Projects have been kind enough to support our efforts this weekend, so I was happy to perform for them early with our best foot forward for the rest of the weekend.

“This deal only came about last week so I was very lucky to have this opportunity and certainly didn’t think I would have that kind of pace so early but it is only practice so qualifying is still to come.

“The field is very strong and some of the teams out there were having issues so I’m sure they won’t let us get away with it for much longer.”

Dylan O'Keeffe
Driver, Ashley Seward Motorsport 

“The Ash Seward Motorsport Alfa was great by the end of Practice 2. We put in some good times and ended second for the session,” said O’Keeffe.

“We’re really happy with the car now. There was no denying that we struggled in Practice 1 but come Practice 2 we had a few ideas early in the session which didn’t work out. We made one change and put on some green front tyres and went two seconds quicker straight up.

“It was good to be up the front and only a tenth of Michael Almond, but we’ll study the data overnight and hopefully come back stronger for qualifying tomorrow.”

John Martin
Driver, Wall Racing Honda 

“To get third in both sessions today was a good start to our campaign for us at Wall Racing in the Honda Civic Type-R,” said Martin.

“We have so much to learn with these cars and in every aspect with the team learning to prepare them and myself learning to get the most out of it.

“We’re looking into the tyre failure with our engineers and with Michelin tonight, they both happened one lap apart from each other at the exact same part of the circuit.

"This car is totally different to anything I’ve driven in the past, but they’re amazingly fun cars to drive, they move around and they’re properly challenging to drive in that respect.

“I’m loving the challenge and this steep learning curve ahead of us in TCR Australia and I think this first race is going to be crazy, I can’t wait.”

 29  GWR AustraliaMichael Almond (SA)   Hyundai I30N        1:34.6368* 
  9  Ashley Seward Motorsport      Dylan O’Keeffe (VIC)  Alfa Romeo Giulietta1:34.7835 0:00.1467
 24  Wall Racing                   John Martin (NSW)     Honda Civic Type R  1:35.2636 0:00.6268
 11  HMO Customer Racing          Nathan Morcom (NSW)Hyundai I30N        1:35.5899 0:00.9531
 50  Wall Racing                   Tony D’Alberto (VIC)  Honda Civic Type R  1:35.7904 0:01.1536
  8  Alliance AutosportJason Bright (VIC)    Volkswagen Golf GTI 1:35.9824 0:01.3456
 22  Melbourne PerformanceRik Breukers (NED)    Audi RS 3           1:36.5489 0:01.9121
777  Kelly Racing                  Andre Heimgartner (NZ)Subaru WRX STI      1:36.7026 0:02.0658
 34  Garry Rogers Motorsport       James Moffat (VIC)    Renault Magane RS   1:36.9320 0:02.2952
10 62  Kelly Racing                  Alex Rullo (WA)       Holden Astra        1:37.9029 0:03.2661
11  7  Garry Rogers Motorsport       Jimmy Vernon (NSW)    Alfa Romeo Giulietta1:38.2218 0:03.5850
12 33  Garry Rogers Motorsport       Chris Pither (NZ)     Renault Magane RS   1:38.3072 0:03.6704
13  6  Kelly Racing                  Molly Taylor (NSW)    Subaru WRX STI      1:38.4894 0:03.8526
14 37  Kelly Racing                  Chelsea Angelo (VIC)  Holden Astra        1:39.1812 0:04.5444
15 35  Alliance Autosport            Alexandra Whitley (QLD)Volkswagen Golf GTI  1:39.1971  0:04.5603
16  2  Melbourne Performance         Aaron Cameron (VIC)   Volkswagen Golf GTI 1:39.2013 0:04.5645



Qualifying – 10.55-11.25 (30mins)
Race 1 – 14.15-14.40 (30mins) LIVE ON SBS


Race 2 – 13.15 – 13.40 (30mins) LIVE ON SBS
Race 3 – 14.20 – 14.45 (30mins) LIVE ON SBS

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