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Domingo, 09 Junho 2019 17:32 | Actualizado em Quarta, 20 Outubro 2021 16:59

Carnage reigns as carsales TCR Australia lights up Phillip Island

The carsales TCR Australia Series has produced a day full of action, drama and carnage as the second round of the inaugural season concluded at Phillip Island today.

No less than five of the new-to-Australia TCR Series race cars received significant damage in a day that saw the Alfa Romeo of Dylan O'Keeffe and the Hyundai of Will Brown secure a win a piece.

For O'Keeffe, he led the majority of Race 2 and cruised to a comfortable win. He was the red-hot favourite to win Race 3, however, a clash with Will Brown on the opening lap saw the Alfa spear onto the grass and violently collected by the Honda of John Martin. 

Both cars were instantly out of the race and will require significant repairs before the next event at The Bend, South Australia, next month.

Brown went on to win the second race, followed closely by his Hyundai team-mate Nathan Morcom, claiming a one-two result for the HMO Customer Racing team.

Two young guns also took home their first TCR Australia trophies. Hamish Ribartis (Audi) and Aaron Cameron (Volkswagen) finished third in Races 2 and 3 respectively, showing many of their more experienced rivals a clean pair of heels.

Race 2 was highlighted by an early race incident that saw husband and wife Audi duo of Garth and Leanne Tander collide at Turn 4, resulting in both cars spinning off the circuit.

Round 3 of the carsales TCR Australia Series will be held at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia on July 12-14.

Garth and Leanne Tander collided at Turn 4 in the first race today. Click on image for high-resolution image options.


Will Brown
Driver, HMO Customer Racing Hyundai

“It turned out to be a great weekend from what we thought would be a tough one after being 1.7 seconds off the pace on Friday,” said Will Brown.

“To get another round win and to get HMO Customer Racing back on top with a 1-2 in the final race is a great result for us.”

Nathan Morcom
Driver, HMO Customer Racing Hyundai 

“Saturday was disappointing, I was in the wrong place in the wrong time and got tagged in Race 1,” said Nathan Morcom.

“To start last and get up to fourth in Race 1 was a great race and we battled and fought hard with everyone on track which was really rewarding.

“We tuned up the car and put new front tyres on for the last race. I didn’t get the best start but I was lucky to miss the carnage and went on to take second behind Will. “To get a podium and a 1-2 for HMO Customer Racing is an awesome result for us.”

Aaron Cameron
Driver, Melbourne Performance Centre Audi 

“We had a few problems early on in the weekend but we got back up there, stayed away from the carnage and picked up a good result with third in the final,” said Aaron Cameron.

“I think everyone is trying to pull Qualifying laps in the early laps of the race when the tyres aren’t up to temperature.

“We’ve all got to drive to what is underneath us, that cost me dearly in Qualifying on Saturday and I learnt from that and that’s what all the other drivers are dealing with as well.”

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