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31 August 2019 | News

Brown takes pole, Heimgartner second at Winton

Championship leader Will Brown finally ticked the Pole Position box in qualifying for the carsales TCR Australia Series at Winton.

The Hyundai peddler has been a consistent winner through the series but it took until today for him to unlock the qualifying potential in his i30N to finish ahead of Andre Heimgartner in a Holden Astra and John Martin in a Honda Civic Type R.

Brown was so happy with his lap that he parked his car for the final 10 minutes of the one-lap shootout, daring his rivals to run him down.

“I decided to go early because it was only going to get hotter and then the cars get slower. I used up both of my sets of new front tyres and that was it,” Brown said.

“I was a bit nervous in the end, but I survived. I thought Martin might have got me, but he didn’t.”

Brown was more than a half-second ahead of the pack when he parked and still maintained a solid advantage with a 1 minute 24.0981 second lap to the 24.3225 of Heimgartner.

Also Brown was able to turn qualifying into a non-event, there was a torrid tussle for the other place on the front row of the grid that turned into a five-day battle.

Jason Bright was second at first in his Volkswagen Golf, then Nathan Morcom had a run in his Hyundai i30Nm, followed by Dylan O’Keefe in his Alfa Romeo Giulietta, then Brown and Heimgarter.

“It was pretty close out there,” said Heimgartner.

He was finally smiling after parking a troublesome Subaru Impreza to take over a Holden Astra.

“I’m still learning how to get the best out of it. But I’m happy,” Heimgartner said.

“There is still more in it. It’s amazing that a differernce the change has made.”

Martin was smiling but frustrated after over-tweaking his Honda following the only practice session ahead of qualifying. The car had been too lively in the rear and he took time out of the car with changes for qualifying.

“We just overshot the mark. It was only a little bit, but it made a big difference to the time,” Martin said.

He also reported plenty of track action as other drivers tried to get to grips with the Winton layout.

“There were people off everywhere and big clouds of dusty. It was like the Baja 1000 at the end of practice,” he laughed.

Behind the top three, Dylan O’Keefe finished fourth in his Alfa, followed by Tony D’Alberto in the second Honda Civic Type R, Bright in the Golf and Aaron Cameron in another Volkswagen.

Veteran Russell Ingall was only ninth but believes he can move forward in the three TCR races over the weekend.

TCR Australia Race 1 will begin at 1415 AEST.

Qualifying 

Pos Num Driver Team Car Time Gap
1   30 William Brown (Qld)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         1:24.0981
2  777 Andre Heimgartner (NZ)  Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       1:24.3225 00.2244
3   24 John Martin (NSW)       Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:24.3233 00.2252
4    9 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)    Ashley Seward Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:24.4103 00.3122
5   50 Tony D’Alberto (Vic)    Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:24.4552 00.3571
6    8 Jason Bright (Vic)      Taskforce / Alliance Autosport Volkswagon Golf GTI  1:24.5112 00.4131
7    2 Aaron Cameron (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagen Golf GTI  1:24.5665 00.4684
8   11 Nathan Morcom (NSW)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         1:24.6855 00.5874
9    7 Jordan Cox (NSW)        Garry Rogers Motorsport        Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1:24.7336 00.6355
10 100 Russell Ingall (Qld)    Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:24.7627 00.6646
11  34 James Moffat (Vic)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    1:24.9193 00.8212
12  38 Tim Brook (NSW)         Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   1:24.9199 00.8218
13  97 Liam McAdam (Qld)       Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:24.9751 00.8770
14  33 Chris Pither (NZ)       Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    1:25.0974 00.9993
15   3 Leanne Tander (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            1:25.1409 01.0428
16  62 Hamish Ribarits (Vic)   Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         1:25.7081 01.6100
17  37 Bryce Fullwood (NT)     Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       1:26.0291 01.9310
18  35 Alexandra Whitley (Qld) Alliance Autosport             Volkswagon Golf GTI  1:26.7273 02.6292
19   6 Molly Taylor (NSW)      Kelly Racing                   Subaru WRX STi       1:27.2388 03.1407