Jordan Cox fastest in historic Bathurst TCR practice
Jordan Cox topped a historic first-ever practice session at Mount Panorama for Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series.
TCR cars roared into life on Friday morning for an opening 30-minute practice hit out around the 6.213km circuit where drivers had their first opportunity to complete laps in TCR machinery at Bathurst.
Cox, driving a Garry Rogers Motorsport Alfa Romeo, put down a late flyer to jump to the top of the timing screens as the chequered flag waved.
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The first representative time came courtesy of Lee Holdsworth on a 2:19.919s but the timing screens were alight throughout the session as drivers got to grips with the cars and circuit.
Holdsworth, also in an Alfa Romeo, bettered his effort to go almost a second faster on a 2:18.973s as John Martin moved into second position.
Chaz Mostert had been sitting third but was pipped by fellow Audi RS3 driver Garth Tander, who then improved on his next lap to momentarily go to the top.
As the dust seemed to settle at the end of the session Cox finished his final flying lap and vaulted to the quickest time of the session, the first to dip into the 2min 17s.
Cox’s 2:17.792s put him 0.8s clear of Tander, while Holdsworth’s efforts saw him finish up third.
The Honda Civic Type R pair of Martin and Tony D’Alberto completed the top five.
There was a brief early red flag but cars were back out on track in no time.
Practice 2 for TCR is scheduled for 14:15 local time.