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Tander and O’Keeffe impress on opening day of TCR at Phillip Island

Garth Tander and Dylan O’Keeffe were the benchmark of the carsales TCR Australia Series field in the opening day of practice at the Phillip Island circuit today.

Driving his brand-new Audi RS 3, Tander blitzed the field in the opening session and held the top spot for the majority of the second session until the Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Dylan O’Keeffe put in a late flyer to secure the top time for the day.

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Andre Heimgartner finished the day with the third fastest time in his Subaru WRX, showing promising signs for the developing WRX racer.

Honda driver John Martin made it four different makes in the top four with his Honda Civic Type R, capping off a consistent day after finishing third in the first session.

The carsales TCR Australia Series returns to the Phillip Island circuit tomorrow for qualifying at 11:30am AEST, followed by Race 1 at 2:15pm.

You can watch the race live, free and in HD on SBS at 2pm AEST, or catch the livestream on

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Garth Tander in his new Audi TCR car at Phillip Island today. Click on image for high-resolution image options.


Dylan O'Keeffe
Driver, Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo 

“It was a great start to the weekend here at Phillip Island for Ashley Seward Motorsport,” said Dylan O’Keeffe.

“The Alfa Romeo was really hooked up in practice today so hopefully we can translate that into Qualifying tomorrow.

“I knew the Alfa Romeo would be a good package leading into Phillip Island, but on track it moves around a lot more than I anticipated, it’s like driving on a knife-edge but really exciting at the same time.

“I think this track will create better racing than Sydney, and I expect the competition to be closer again now that the teams and drivers have more experience with these cars.”

Garth Tander
Driver, Melbourne Performance Centre Audi 

“Having never driven a front wheel drive car before, it took some time to get my head around it today,” said Garth Tander.

“In the second session I felt much more comfortable in the car and we started making changes and tuning the car to find some more speed, I think we found some gains ahead of Qualifying tomorrow so overall it was an enjoyable day.

“We had a driveline issue in Practice 2, probably a case of new car blues as it was the first proper run of the car today.

“One of the bolts that hold the driveshaft and the front wheel bearing together came out so I lost drive and so I parked the car to prevent any further damage to the driveline.

“We couldn’t test a couple of our final changes but we’re still confident heading into tomorrow.”

Andre Heimgartner
Driver, Kelly Racing Subaru 

“It’s been a good day in the Subaru and it feels like a competitive package now,” said Andre Heimgartner.

“We struggled in Sydney with a host of gear shifting and power steering issues, but Kelly Racing have done a great job to iron those out.

“It’s hard to know what tyres people were running today, but to be up there and comfortable with where we’re at is a good sign heading into the weekend.”

TCR Australia Series, Round 2 Schedule

Friday, 7 June
12:00pm – Practice 1 (30 min)
2:25pm – Practice 2 (30 min)

Saturday, 8 June
11:30am – Qualifying (30 min)
2:15pm – Race 1 (30 min)

Sunday, 9 June
1:10pm – Race 2 (30 min)
2:20pm – Race 3 (30 min)

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