Inverted top 10 adds spice to second place battle
Chaz Mostert may have won the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia title, but second place is yet to be decided as the season enters its conclusion.
Tomorrow’s second 21-lap adds a twist in the fight as the grid is formed by inverting the top 10 finishing positions in Race 1.
Just 11-points separate second placed Luke King and opening race winner Aaron Cameron as eight drivers can mathematically take the runner up slot with 90-points on offer across the remaining two races.
On 382-points, King has held second place in the standings since Phillip Island and will start from fifth for Race 2. His closest challenger is opening race winner Cameron in the fast starting Team Valvoline Garry Rogers Motorsport Peugeot.
The two have history after colliding at Sydney Motorsport Park as Cameron ended in the concrete wall and coming from 10th, the young gun will be one to watch.
HMO Customer Racing’s Nathan Morcom is next closest in the standings, 18-points behind Cameron and starts from 16th after an engine change was completed yesterday.
Wall Racing’s John Martin and Swyftx-supported GRM driver Jordan Cox are locked on 342-points for fifth. Starting on the second row by himself due to Mostert not contesting the next two races due to Bathurst 1000 commitments, Martin has track position, but Cox charged from 16th to fourth in the opener.
Josh Buchan was the biggest loser after failing to start Race 1 due to his HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR breaking a driveshaft on the warm up lap. He dropped from third to seventh in the standings and is now 47-points behind King, so the task will be tough to take second. Buchan starts Race 2 from 15th.
Tilton Racing’s Brad Shiels and Burson GRM driver Ben Bargwanna remain in contention for second, but will require misfortune from others to take second place.
Both enjoyed season best performances in Race 1, though Shiels will need to replicate Cox’s overtaking performance in Race 1 as he’ll start 17th.
Add in Audi Sport ace Chris Mies, who helped develop the RS3 LMS TCR in 2015, although has not driven it since then and will participate in his first TCR race today.
Race 2 is scheduled for 12:30pm AEDT, which will feature live on 7Sport, Fox Sports and Kayo.