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Jason Bright returns to victory lane by winning Race 1 at Winton

Jason Bright was all smiles as he returned to the winner’s circle at Winton for the first time since the opening weekend of the carsales TCR Australia Series.

The former Bathurst 1000 winner was the inaugural TCR winner at Sydney Motorsport Park in May but has battled car problems since then and only found a fundamental flaw in his Volkswagen Golf in the run-up to Winton.

With the car right, and thanks to an incident between pole-sitter Will Brown (Hyundai) and John Martin (Honda) as they fought for the early lead, Bright was able to drive from sixth on the grid to a confident victory ahead of Brown’s Hyundai i30 N with Dylan O’Keefe in third with an Alfa Romeo Giulietta after a 16-lap contest.

Brown and Martin both described their early contact as a racing incident, although the Honda Civic driver, who was defending a tenuous lead, suffered a flat tyre, causing another separate incident with Jordan Cox. Martin came home in 15th place.

The 19-car field was narrowed when the Renaults of both James Moffat and Chris Pither had fuel pressure problems during the warm-up lap. 

Andre Heimgartner, who sat alongside Brown on the front of the grid in his Holden Astra, made a good start in his first race but struggled for speed and slipped back to seventh at the finish.

Round 5 of the carsales TCR Australia Series continues tomorrow with Races 2 and 3. A special drivers autograph signing session will be held near the media centre at 10:40am, with TCR Australia merchandise also on sale.

The races will be broadcast live, free and in HD on SBS, as well as livestream on the TCR Australia website.

Dylan O'Keeffe, Jason Bright and Will Brown at Winton today. Click on image for high-resolution image options.


Jason Bright
Driver, Alliance Autosport Volkswagen

“It’s good top be back on top. The last couple of round have been tough, and since that crash at Phillip Island, it hurt our championship and the last couple of rounds,” said Jason Bright.

“It was a great race for us, coming back from sixth to first. The car has felt good out of the box, and hopefully we can back it up tomorrow.”

Will Brown
Driver, HMO Customer Racing Hyundai

“I felt like a bit of a battering ram, but I think everyone was – there was really tight racing in those first couple of laps,” said Will Brown.

“It was a bit disappointing that John (Martin) and I came together, and did a bit of damage to his car which was no good. It put me back as well, but championship wise, it was a good day and a good result.”

Dylan O'Keeffe
Driver, Wall Racing Honda

“Will (Brown) gained a few points on us then, so I need to keep putting the pressure on and hope he makes a mistake,” said Dylan O'Keeffe.

“Will is a very intense racer. He puts a lot of pressure on, which is good for him because he is fast, but if he makes a mistake, I can capitalise.

“Really, it was a day of consolidation, and still great to finish on the podium, but I know there’s more in our car for tomorrow."

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