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4 August 2019 | News

Dylan O’Keeffe scores victory for Alfa in Race 2

Dylan O’Keeffe has taken his Alfa to its third victory of the 2019 carsales TCR Australia Series at Queensland Raceway today, winning Race 2.

After Frenchman JK Vernay withdrew due to illness, the door was opened for O’Keefe and he had zero trouble as he romped to victory in the second of three contests at Queensland Raceway.

O’Keefe won by 7.7 seconds in his Alfa Romeo Giulietta, as Russell Ingall improved from third on Saturday to the runner-up spot with his Audi RS3, passing Tony D’Alberto’s Honda Civic Type R after a mid-race stoush.

There were plenty of battles but not much passing as 17 cars raced through 21 laps, with even championship leader Will Brown unable to advance past 10th in his Hyundai i30N.

O’Keefe was smiling but not cocky after his win, even though he was never remotely threatened.

“It was easy for the first 10 laps. Then I just tried to hold a steady pace,” O’Keefe said.

“But the job’s not done. That’s just the first half.”

Ingall admitted he had gone the wrong way on car set-up after taking third on Saturday afternoon, and is frantically re-setting his car for the third contest.

“We’ve gone to far the wrong way. We have to change it back,” he said.

Aaron Cameron did well for third in his Volkswagen Golf and he intends to challenge O’Keefe in the decider.

“The thing is fast,” he says.

Aaron Seton, who jumped into Vernay’s Audi at the last minute, took his time adjusting to TCR cars and competition but still managed 14th place after a torrrid battle with Chris Pither’s Renault Megane.

“I’m building up to it. They’re good fun,” Seton said.

Results, Race 2

Pos Num Driver Team Car Lap Time
    9 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)    Ashley Seward Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta 21 26:36.9228
  100 Russell Ingall (Qld)    Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            21 26:37.6963
    2 Aaron Cameron (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagen Golf GTI  21 26:38.4032
   50 Tony D’Alberto (Vic)    Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   21 26:44.4045
    7 Jordan Cox (NSW)        Garry Rogers Motorsport        Alfa Romeo Giulietta 21 26:45.1116
   11 Nathan Morcom (NSW)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         21 26:45.3064
   24 John Martin (NSW)       Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   21 26:47.4694
   34 James Moffat (Vic)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    21 26:47.8013
    3 Leanne Tander (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            21 26:48.3643
10   30 William Brown (Qld)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         21 26:48.7231
11   62 Alex Rullo (WA)         Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         21 26:52.3533
12   38 Jordan Michels (NZ)     Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   21 26:52.9137
13    8 Jason Bright (Vic)      Taskforce / Alliance Autosport Volkswagon Golf GTI  21 26:53.3584
14    4 Aaron Seton (Qld)       Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            21 27:18.9806
15    6 Molly Taylor (NSW)      Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       21 27:28.1816
16   33 Chris Pither (NZ)       Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    20 26:57.2567
DNF  35 Alexandra Whitley (Qld) Alliance Autosport             Volkswagon Golf GTI  20 25:49.5946