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18 May 2019 | News

Jason Bright and Volkswagen take out first carsales TCR Australia Series race

Jason Bright and Volkswagen have written their names into the carsales TCR Australia Series history books, becoming the first-ever race winners at Sydney Motorsport Park today.

Bright, a former Bathurst 1000 winner and the oldest driver in the field, used all of his touring car experience to claim a win that puts his name in the records books.

The 46-year-old qualified second for the 16 lap race and burned away from pole-sitter Tony D’Alberto. Once Bright was in front, he could not be caught.

D’Alberto, driving his Honda Australia-supported Civic Type-R, would eventually finish second, unable to match the speed of Bright. He was forced to withstand an attack from the Hyundai of Will Brown, but eventually managed the threat and finished a comfortable second.

Brown crossed the line third despite a a minor mechanical issue in the closing laps.

Dylan O’Keefe (Alfa Romeo) finished fourth, applying pressure to Brown on the last lap but was unable to get close enough to challenge.

Dutchman Rik Breukers (Audi) passed Nathan Morcom (Hyundai) late in the race, with the top 10 was completed by John Martin (Honda), Aaron Cameron (Volkswagen), Chris Pither (Renault) and Andre Heimgartner (Subaru).

Friday’s pacesetter Michael Almond saw his Hyundai damaged in a battle for fifth place early in the race. The Astrontech-supported i30 N was forced to pit to fix damage on his bonnet.

The Renault of James Moffat failed to make the start after a turbo issue on the warm-up lap. The car is repaired and will be ready for the two races tomorrow.

The carsales TCR Australia Series returns to Sydney Motorsport Park tomorrow for two more 30 minute races. The races can be seen live, free and in HD on SBS, or on the livestream.

RESULTS, RACE 1

    8  Taskforce / Alliance Autosport  Jason Bright (VIC)     Volkswagen Golf GTI  16  26:07.0349
   50  Wall Racing                     Tony D’Alberto (VIC)   Honda Civic Type R   16  26:09.2127
   30  HMO Customer Racing             Will Brown (QLD)       Hyundai I30N         16  26:10.3932
    9  Ashley Seward Motorsport        Dylan O’Keeffe (VIC)   Alfa Romeo Giulietta 16  26:10.6348
   22  TCR SPA 500 / Melbourne Performance   Rik Breukers (NED)     Audi RS 3            16  26:15.2661
   24  Wall Racing                     John Martin (NSW)      Honda Civic Type R   16  26:15.8799
    2  Melbourne Performance           Aaron Cameron (VIC)    Volkswagen Golf GTI  16  26:16.9672
   11  HMO Customer Racing             Nathan Morcom (NSW)    Hyundai I30N         16  26:16.9882
   33  Garry Rogers Motorsport         Chris Pither (NZ)      Renault Magane RS    16  26:20.6980
10  777  Kelly Racing                    Andre Heimgartner (NZ) Subaru WRX STI       16  26:26.8765
11   62  Kelly Racing                    Alex Rullo (WA)        Holden Astra         16  26:31.3827
12   37  Kelly Racing                    Chelsea Angelo (VIC)   Holden Astra         16  26:42.1213
13   35  Alliance Autosport             Alexandra Whitley (QLD) Volkswagen Golf GTI   16   26:44.9872 
14    6  Kelly Racing                    Molly Taylor (NSW)     Subaru WRX STI       16  26:55.6392
15   29  Astron Tech / Garth Walden Racing  Michael Almond (SA)    Hyundai I30N         16  26:58.9005
16    7  Garry Rogers Motorsport         Jimmy Vernon (NSW)     Alfa Romeo Giulietta 14  26:45.4534
DNF  34  Garry Rogers Motorsport         James Moffat (VIC)     Renault Magane RS