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Terça, 06 Agosto 2019 11:28 | Actualizado em Sábado, 16 Outubro 2021 11:46

Dylan O'Keeffe puts himself back in title contention with perfect Queensland day 

Dylan O'Keeffe has sealed a perfect day at Queensland Raceway, taking two victories and dramatically reducing the big TCR Australia Series points lead that Will Brown had created.

Driving his Alfa Romeo, O'Keeffe made no errors, leading every lap of both of today's 21 lap races and reducing the deficit to 55 points.

Russell Ingall continued his strong form in the #100 Castrol Audi RS 3, finishing with a pair of second place finishes, while Aaron Cameron (Volkswagen Golf) and Tony D'Alberto (Honda Civic Type R) took a third place finish each.

Brown's results were compromised early in the weekend after an incident in Race 1 yesterday that dropped him back down the order. The young Toowoomban raced well to come back to 10th and eighth today, however, he found it hard to make the rapid progress through the field that we have seen from him in recent rounds.

Pole-sitter and Race 1 winner Jean-Karl Vernay was absent from today's racing due to illness. He was replaced by Aaron Seton, who managed to score 14th and 11th in the two races.

The next round of the carsales TCR Australia Series will be held at Winton Motor Raceway which promises to deliver an action packed round.

Russell Ingall, Dylan O'Keeffe and Tony D'Alberto after Race 3 at Queensland Raceway. Click on image for high-resolution image options.


Dylan O'Keeffe
Driver, Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa

“Usually in Race 3 we tend to struggle, so I wasn’t too keen on celebrating after Race 2 as I knew we were only half way through the goal for the day which was to put in a good performance in all three races, and we certainly did that,” said Dylan O’Keeffe.

“It was a credit to the team at Ashley Seward Motorsport, they gave me the car to do the job today to build and maintain a good margin at the front of the field and to close the gap to Will Brown in the series points.

“I’ve got to keep the pressure on Will for the last three rounds and hope he cracks, but there’s still a long way to go and we’ll just focus on what we’re doing and the results will come.”

Russell Ingall
Driver, Melbourne Performance Centre Audi

“The kids are impressed for a start, they didn’t really watch me race much growing up, so all of a sudden Dad’s not a dud anymore, so Dad’s cool!" said Russell Ingall.

"Really good. Enjoyed the weekend; it’s just been a long while between drinks, not only getting a trophy but also enjoying going racing — it’s actually good fun.

"The quality of driving in the field’s really good. Like, it’s actually, as my French counterpart said, he’s surprised at the level here, he’s really impressed and I’ll have to agree with him. The level of this category is very, very high, I mean we’re pushing on. Which bodes well for the championship in general because I think all the way down the field there’s talent and the good thing, there’s unpredictability, that’s the good thing about it.

"Any one time a team, a driver, a car can get up there and how many categories do you see that around the place? And I enjoy that, I enjoy that you can go into a race and have half a chance to get the trophy. Makes racing enjoyable.”

Tony D'Alberto
Driver, Wall Racing Honda

“We had great starts all week, and the first half of the race are really strong, but in the back half of the races we’d fall away,” said Tony D’Alberto.

“We managed to tune the car up for the last race, and we learned a few things there so it’s nice to be back on the podium where we feel we should be.

“It’s been a bit of a drive spell, but we feel that we’re back on the right path.”

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