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Dylan O’Keeffe and Alfa Romeo taste their first TCR Australia success

Dylan O’Keefe drove away from the crashes and carnage to score his maiden carsales TCR Australia Series win at Phillip Island.

After qualifying on pole, the Alfa Romeo driver romped away from the grid and only had to manage his gap to the pack, avoiding a challenge during a pair of Safety Car periods, to finish ahead of Will Brown in a Hyundai i30 N and James Moffat in a Renault Megane.

The finishing order was no reflection of the battles in the pack, as Brown went from second to 16th with a Turn 2 mishap and then drove back through the field to overtake Moffat within sight of the chequered flag.

Tony D’Alberto looked like a contender on the first lap but his Honda Civic Type R faded during the race, while Garth Tander was the action man as he finished fifth after a series of touch-ups in his Audi RS3 including contact with Jason Bright’s Volkswagen Golf.

Subaru WRX driver Andre Heimgartner looked racey from the start but got tagged by Bright, was involved in a multi-car pile-up that triggered a Safety Car, and finished in a Subaru WRX that needs new left-side panels.

Among the non-finishers were Molly Taylor in the second Subaru, whose engine stopped, and Chelsea Angelo, who had brake failure in her Holden Astra.

Race 2 and 3 of carsales TCR Australia Series will return tomorrow, with the live broadcast on SBS starting at 1pm AEST.

The TCR Australia battle pack at Phillip Island. Click on image for high-resolution image options.


Dylan O'Keeffe
Driver, Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo

“It feels great to get this victory. The car has been excellent all weekend,” said Dylan O’Keeffe.

“It’s a credit to the team for getting me here. The Alfa has a lot of pace as we showed in qualifying putting the one lap together, and it’s also quick over a race distance too.

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow and try to close that championship points gap to Will (Brown).”

Will Brown
Driver, HMO Customer Racing Hyundai 

“There was lots going on in that one – I tried the hero move around the outside and lost the rear of the car and went to the back of the field,” said Will Brown.

“The Safety cars got me back up there to second. I think we could have run with Dylan and put on a good show, but I think we put a good show on anyway coming from the back.

“We can challenge Dylan tomorrow. Our car was quick then, we set the fastest lap, I just need to make sure I don’t do anything silly like I did today.”

James Moffat
Driver, Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault 

“I’ve got to thank the team at GRM. It’s great to get the Renault Megan its first podium in Australia,” said James Moffat.

“Every time we take the car out we are learning more and more about it. The car is still at its early stage of development. 

“To get a result like this, even though we got a bit lucky with the amount of carnage that was going on, it is very pleasing.”

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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