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Segunda, 20 Maio 2019 10:09 | Actualizado em Domingo, 17 Outubro 2021 10:43

Jason Bright and Volkswagen take out first carsales TCR Australia Series race

Jason Bright and Volkswagen have written their names into the carsales TCR Australia Series history books, becoming the first-ever race winners at Sydney Motorsport Park today.

Bright, a former Bathurst 1000 winner and the oldest driver in the field, used all of his touring car experience to claim a win that puts his name in the records books.

The 46-year-old qualified second for the 16 lap race and burned away from pole-sitter Tony D'Alberto. Once Bright was in front, he could not be caught.

D'Alberto, driving his Honda Australia-supported Civic Type-R, would eventually finish second, unable to match the speed of Bright. he was forced to withstand an attack from the Hyundai of Will Brown, but eventually managed the threat and finished a comfortable second.

Brown crossed the line third despite a a minor mechanical issue in the closing laps.

Dylan O’Keefe (Alfa Romeo) finished fourth, applying pressure to Brown on the last lap but was unable to get close enough to challenge.

Dutchman Rik Breukers (Audi) passed Nathan Morcom (Hyundai) late in the race, with the top 10 was completed by John Martin (Honda), Aaron Cameron (Volkswagen), Chris Pither (Renault) and Andre Heimgartner (Subaru).

Friday’s pacesetter Michael Almond saw his Hyundai damaged in a battle for fifth place early in the race. The Astrontech-supported i30 N was forced to pit to fix damage on his bonnet.

The Renault of James Moffat failed to make the start after a turbo issue on the warm-up lap. The car is repaired and will be ready for the two races tomorrow.

The carsales TCR Australia Series returns to Sydney Motorsport Park tomorrow for two more 30 minute races. The races can be seen live, free and in HD on SBS, or on the livestream.

From left to right – Tony D'Alberto (2nd), Jason Bright (1st) and Will Brown (3rd). Click here for high-resolution image options.

Jason Bright
Driver, Autosport Alliance

“It’s been a busy few weeks for all the teams, no one really knew where they were going to sit. We’ve worked as hard as anyone and I feel like i’ve found a sweet spot in the setup and the car’s been strong all day,” said Jason Bright.

“We won the start and then built a nice lead on Tony and Will and to be able to control the race was pretty satisfying. 

“We weren’t happy with where we were after practice yesterday. There were some clarification in the rules so we were able to take more weight out of the car for today, so it goes to show how critical it is to get all those little things right because of how tight the field is.

“The battle up front was great and i’m sure that will get better and closer as everyone learns more about these great cars.

“The two races tomorrow will be pretty intense, obviously there’s a fair bit riding on the start and we made a good one today but that’s no guarantee we’ll make a good one tomorrow.

“I’m sure Tony and Will are going to improve overnight so we’ll try and lead into turn one again and hopefully control the race like we did today.”

Tony D'Alberto
Driver, Wall Racing Honda 

“To grab the first ever pole position for the series was fantastic. To get a podium in the first race was pretty special too,” said Tony D’Alberto.

"I made a mistake at the start and didn’t quite get off the line well enough. Bright got away from me and didn’t really have anything for him for the rest of the race so I just tried to manage my tyres and fend off Will.

"I wasn’t sure how hard I could push and what was acceptable and what wasn’t, so we’ve learnt a lot from that which we’ll take into tomorrow’s two races.

"I’ll need to go in the carpark and practice some starts in my Honda Civic Type-R on the way home!

"If I can get off the line well enough and get in front of Brighty then we can definitely challenge for the win. We’ve got a few little things to improve with the car but it’s all there for the taking.”

Will Brown
Driver, HMO Customer Racing Hyundai 

“I loved every second of the first race. No one really knew what they were doing off the start but I got a good start, jumped up to third and had a crack into turn two. I knew it wasn’t going to work but at least it looked good!” said Will Brown.

“From there we battled hard with Tony for a few laps and had a really good race. 

"We had something go wrong at the front which was dropping oil all over the front tyres so that’s why we dropped back a bit to the Alfa.

“It’s quite hard to pass, I don’t think we could have got Tony but we could have fought him hard at the end.

“I’m confident we have the pace to win if we get everything right so we’ll be sure to have another crack at it tomorrow.”


Results: TCR Australia Race 1, Sydney Motorsport Park

1    8  Taskforce / Alliance Autosport Jason Bright (VIC)    Volkswagen Golf GTI 16 26:07.0349
2   50  Wall Racing                    Tony D’Alberto (VIC)  Honda Civic Type R  16 26:09.2127
3   30  HMO Customer Racing            Will Brown (QLD)      Hyundai I30N        16 26:10.3932
4    9  Ashley Seward Motorsport       Dylan O’Keeffe (VIC)  Alfa Romeo Giulietta16 26:10.6348
5   22  TCR SPA 500 / Melbourne Performance  Rik Breukers (NED)    Audi RS 3           16 26:15.2661
6   24  Wall Racing                    John Martin (NSW)     Honda Civic Type R  16 26:15.8799
7    2  Melbourne Performance          Aaron Cameron (VIC)   Volkswagen Golf GTI 16 26:16.9672
8   11  HMO Customer Racing            Nathan Morcom (NSW)   Hyundai I30N        16 26:16.9882
9   33  Garry Rogers Motorsport        Chris Pither (NZ)     Renault Magane RS   16 26:20.6980
10 777  Kelly Racing                   Andre Heimgartner (NZ)Subaru WRX STI      16 26:26.8765
11  62  Kelly Racing                   Alex Rullo (WA)       Holden Astra        16 26:31.3827
12  37  Kelly Racing                   Chelsea Angelo (VIC)  Holden Astra        16 26:42.1213
13  35  Alliance Autosport            Alexandra Whitley (QLD)Volkswagen Golf GTI  16  26:44.9872 
14   6  Kelly Racing                   Molly Taylor (NSW)    Subaru WRX STI      16 26:55.6392
15  29  Astron Tech / Garth Walden Racing Michael Almond (SA)   Hyundai I30N        16 26:58.9005
16   7  Garry Rogers Motorsport        Jimmy Vernon (NSW)    Alfa Romeo Giulietta14 26:45.4534
DNF 34  Garry Rogers Motorsport        James Moffat (VIC)    Renault Magane RS 



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

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