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22 September 2019 | News

Brown edges closer to the title as Argentinian continues winning ways

Will Brown is one race away from the inaugural carsales TCR Australia Series crown after a torrid second race at Sandown Park.

He achieved his target as he finished ahead of his only championship rival Dylan O’Keefe and can wrap up the series if he repeats in the final race.

“It was crazy out there. I was just trying to keep out of the way,” says Brown.

“I was trying to get up the front but also not to get tagged. I had a lousy start and it was tough from there.”

Argentinian import Nestor Girolami kept his 100 per cent record intact with another win in his Honda Civic Type R, repeating his victory on Saturday after setting the quickest times in every Sandown track session.

His job was made easier during a brutal race that triggered two safety car periods, as Garth Tander claimed second in an Audi RS3 and James Moffat was third in a Renault Megane RS.

“This one was easier than yesterday. There were many incidents behind me. I made a good start and then controlled the pace,” says Girolami.

“They were all being a bit ambitious so I picked them off. The car is good and I didn’t show my hand yet,” says Tander.

“He passed me,” is all Moffat is saying after losing second to Tander.

The Race 2 casualties included veteran Russell Ingall and speedy John Martin, who were both involved in incidents, while Alex Whitely’s car stopped on the circuit.

Results: TCR Australia Race 2, Sandown

Pos Num Driver Team Car Laps Time
   38 Nestor Girolami (ARG)   Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   16 27:56.5831
    3 Garth Tander (Vic)      Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            16 27:58.1699
   34 James Moffat (Vic)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    16 28:00.6912
   50 Tony D’Alberto (Vic)    Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   16 28:02.7805
    2 Aaron Cameron (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagen Golf GTI  16 28:03.8178
    8 Jason Bright (Vic)      Taskforce/Melb Performance Cnt Volkswagon Golf GTI  16 28:04.2009
   30 William Brown (Qld)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         16 28:04.4301
    9 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)    Ashley Seward Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta 16 28:05.7813
   62 Bryce Fullwood (NT)     Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         16 28:05.9880
10   97 Liam McAdam (Qld)       Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            16 28:06.3126
11   33 Chris Pither (NZ)       Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    16 28:12.2172
12  777 Andre Heimgartner (NZ)  Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         16 28:32.2499
13    7 Jordan Cox (NSW)        Garry Rogers Motorsport        Alfa Romeo Giulietta 16 29:03.3031
14   11 Nathan Morcom (NSW)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         15 28:12.6142
DNF  24 John Martin (NSW)       Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R    8 14:54.7294
DNF  35 Alexandra Whitley (Qld) Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagon Golf GTI   8 15:00.1962
DNF 100 Russell Ingall (Qld)    Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3             2  2:46.7671