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Quarta, 20 Novembro 2019 05:00 | Actualizado em Domingo, 09 Agosto 2020 04:21

Two drivers claim first TCR wins, Will Brown officially crowned champion


Aaron Cameron and Nathan Morcom became the eighth and ninth different winners of the inaugural carsales TCR Australia Series at The Bend Motorsport Park today.

As Morcom claimed his first champagne for the season, his Hyundai team-mate Will Brown took a podium place with his sister Hyundai i30N to put the exclamation mark on his 2019 championship.

While Brown had the title provisionally secured before The Bend, the battle for second was intense. It came down to the final race, with Cameron hot on the heaps of Honda star Tony D'Alberto.

Cameron won Race 2 and held sway over D'Alberto for the majority of the final race, only for a turbo issue in his Volkswagen Golf to rob him of the runner-up place.

In the last race, Morcom led home first-time podium placer Chris Pither in his Renault Megane, 

The Honda driver admits he was surprised to finish so well after a tough time with a car that was lacking straight-line speed.

“I didn’t think that was going to happen. But I’ll take it,” says D’Alberto.

“I felt sorry for Aaron because he did a good job all year. But I’m certainly happy to take second in the championship.”

The final race of the inaugural series provided surprises and dramas, as Russell Ingall’s Audi RS3 lost a spring from the rear suspension and James Moffat’s Renault broke an engine mount, while Andre Heimgartner delivered a solid fourth in an improving Holden Astra.

The TCR field will re-assemble in March for the Australian Grand Prix and Morcom is already looking forward to the 2020 season.

The TCR Australia Series field will celebrate its first season this evening in Adelaide with a special post-season dinner.

Will Brown claims the inaugural carsales TCR Australia Series at The Bend Motorsport Park today.

FINAL SERIES POINTS

1. Will Brown – 665
2. Tony D'Alberto – 505
3. Aaron Cameron – 490
4. Dylan O'Keeffe – 483
5. Nathan Morcom – 436
6. James Moffat – 412
7. Jason Bright – 368
8. John Martin – 352
9. Russell Ingall – 308
10. Garth Tander – 286

QUOTES

Will Brown
Driver, HMO Customer Racing

“I can’t thank the guys at HMO Customer Racing enough for their efforts, Barry Morcom for giving me the drive,” said Will Brown.

“The show that the Australian Racing Group and all the teams up and down pit lane has been fantastic.

“I’ve been very grateful to be a part of the TCR Australia Series and to win the inaugural season has been amazing.

“The racing has been awesome this year and our performance and consistency has earned us this result.”

Tony D'Alberto
Driver, Wall Racing Honda

“It's great to claim second place in the TCR Australia Series.” said Tony D'Alberto.

"It was a wild race. I went off the track on the first lap and was basically last. I raced as hard as I could through the field and I could start to see Aaron, and in the end, I was able to pass him easy because of his issue.

"I've really enjoyed the season, and this is a great reward for Wall Racing and Honda who have put in a massive effort this year."

Aaron Cameron
Driver, MPC Volkswagen

“That’s the highest of highs and the lowest of lows,” he says.

“No boost. No turbo. Nothing I could do.“I saw D’Alberto coming and tried to block him through the last corner, but he just pulled out and passed me.”

Nathan Morcom
Driver, HMO Customer Racing Hyundai

“It’s awesome to get my first race win in TCR Australia and especially in the last round and the last race of the year,” said Nathan Morcom.

“The team at HMO Customer Racing did a great job to get the car back out after our unfortunate DNF in Race 1 yesterday.”

“It was hard yards in Race 2 to get up to sixth from the back of the grid and we really pushed hard to chase the win in the last race, it’s an unreal feeling.”

Chris Pither
Driver, GRM Renault

“I came to The Bend this weekend with high hopes because the team at Garry Rogers Motorsport had put in so much effort back at the workshop since Sandown,” said Chris Pither.

We had a good result yesterday but an engine change for a blown head gasket put us to the rear of the field which made things harder for today so to come through from 19th after Race 1 to second in Race 3 is an awesome result and a credit to the team.


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