22 September 2019 | Featured

Hyundai and Will Brown become provisional TCR champs

Will Brown is the inaugural carsales TCR Australia Series champion.

At the end of a torrid day of racing at Sandown Park, including a first-lap spin that dropped him to the back of the pack, the youngster did just enough to provisionally claim the crown.

Brown drove his Hyundai i30 N back to an eighth-place finish, doing just enough to edge out his final championship threat, Dylan O’Keefe.

“I’m such an idiot. It’s not the way I wanted to do it, but I’ll take it,” says Brown.

“I just put my head down and went for it. And I got there.”

It’s the third Australian title for the pocket rocket, after victories in the Toyota 86 and Formula 4 series, and he is now looking ahead to an all-out attack on the series finale at Tailem Bend in November.

Brown’s title win overshadowed the brilliance of Nestor Girolami, the Agentinian raider who completed a Sandown sweep with his victory in the last of three races in a Honda Civic Type R.

He was followed home by veteran Garth Tander in an Audi RS3, although third-placed Andre Heimgartner was facing a protest after potentially overtaking under a caution flag in his Holden Astra.

“They were going crazy and I got on with the job,” says Tander.

“From where I was on Friday, P-nowhere, to this is pretty satisfying.”

D’Alberto finished fourth, and may be promoted to third, pending the stewards post-race enquiries.

The final round of the carsales TCR Australia Series will be held at The Bend Motorsport Park on November 15-17.

Results: TCR Australia Race 3, Sandown

Pos Num Driver Team Car Laps Time
   38 Nestor Girolami (ARG)   Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   20 25:17.9768
    3 Garth Tander (Vic)      Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            20 25:18.4446
  777 Andre Heimgartner (NZ)  Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         20 25:20.7374
   50 Tony D’Alberto (Vic)    Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   20 25:22.5334
    8 Jason Bright (Vic)      Taskforce/Melb Performance Cnt Volkswagon Golf GTI  20 25:25.4375
   62 Bryce Fullwood (NT)     Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         20 25:25.7936
    2 Aaron Cameron (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagen Golf GTI  20 25:28.0687
   30 William Brown (Qld)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         20 25:34.9130
   34 James Moffat (Vic)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    20 25:42.6370
10   11 Nathan Morcom (NSW)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         20 26:00.1114
11    9 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)    Ashley Seward Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta 20 26:31.9655
12   97 Liam McAdam (Qld)       Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            18 26:03.5963
DNF   7 Jordan Cox (NSW)        Garry Rogers Motorsport        Alfa Romeo Giulietta 19 24:08.1394
DNF  35 Alexandra Whitley (Qld) Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagon Golf GTI  11 14:34.0702