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13 July 2019 | News

Garth Tander takes first victory for Audi in TCR Australia

Garth Tander added two new names to the winner’s list with a come-from-behind victory in the first of three carsales TCR Australian Series sprints at Tailem Bend.

‘GT’ put himself and Audi onto the honour role with a confident run to victory, despite a half-spin that dropped him back to fourth at the midway point of the 30-minute contest.

TCR championship leader Will Brown was the stand-out as he dashed from 16th on the grid to second at the finish in his Hyundai i30N, helped by a penalty to early leader Jordan Cox in a Honda, with Aaron Cameron third in a Volkswagen Golf.

“It was an awesome race. It’s a good day,” Tander said after his victory.

“It was really challenging when it started raining on the first lap. At the end it started sprinkling again so I just brought it home.”

Brown was the stand-out as he moved confidently through the field, although he took too much out of his tyres and had no answer to Tander at the finish. On the first lap alone he went from 16th to sixth.

“It was a pretty exciting race,” he said.

“I knew lap one was the one to get through, so I made some big moves and got up there.”

Cameron saw plenty of the action in a race which was torrid from front to back, including Cox tapping pole-sitter James Moffat into a spin with his Renault Megane which brought an early safety car.

“There were people going everywhere,” he reported.

Cox held the lead for much of the race as others see-sawed through the leading pack, earning praise from Tander despite his penalty.

“He drove awesome in the early part of the race,” Tander said.

The big losers over the 30-minute battle were the Honda Civics of front-row starter Tony D’Alberto, who spun on the first lap, and John Martin, who slowed towards the finish with a lack of straight-line speed.

Moffat also failed to feature, guest driver Russell Ingall never really got into gear, Leanne Tander was involved in body contact and then got a penalty, while Jason Bright parked his Volkswagen Golf with two flat tyres.

RESULTS, RACE 1

Pos Num Driver Team Car Laps Time
    4 Garth Tander (Vic)      Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            12 27:52.7479
   30 William Brown (Qld)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         12 27:53.7487
    2 Aaron Cameron (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagen Golf GTI  12 27:54.1324
   24 John Martin (NSW)       Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   12 28:00.1778
   11 Nathan Morcom (NSW)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         12 28:01.5733
   33 Chris Pither (NZ)       Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    12 28:02.2104
   38 Jordan Cox (NSW)        Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   12 28:02.9404
   50 Tony D’Alberto (Vic)    Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   12 28:13.8285
   34 James Moffat (Vic)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    12 28:15.6097
10   62 Alex Rullo (WA)         Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         12 28:17.2174
11  100 Russell Ingall (Qld)    Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            12 28:20.7896
12   35 Alexandra Whitley (Qld) Alliance Autosport             Volkswagon Golf GTI  12 28:21.6509
13    3 Leanne Tander (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            12 28:21.9942
14    7 Jimmy Vernon (NSW)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Alfa Romeo Giulietta 12 28:24.5659
15    6 Molly Taylor (NSW)      Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       12 29:13.1600
DNF   8 Jason Bright (Vic)      Taskforce / Alliance Autosport Volkswagon Golf GTI  11 26:40.3498
DNF   9 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)    Ashley Seward Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta  9 22:21.0849
DNF 777 Andre Heimgartner (NZ)  Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi        8 20:05.6327
DNF  37 Chelsea Angelo (Vic)    Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra          5 14:41.5306