Learning continues for Braydan Willmington after successful TCR Australia debut
It was a successful maiden Supercheap Auto TCR Australia weekend for Braydan Willmington after making the transition into the class during the off-season.
Following the purchase of the ex-Jordan Cox Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR prior to Christmas, the father-son team led by Willmington’s father and long-time touring car privateer Garry continue to adapt to the fresh direction.
“Dad’s happy now I’ve chosen a category that he knows something about instead of throwing him into the deep end,” Willmington said.
“I’m enjoying running the TCR car and it’s something my dad knows backwards being tin-top racing, it’s a bit easier for us.”
Willmington finished a best of 11th in both Races 2 and 3 as he improved continuously during the weekend battling with the likes of fellow debutant Fabian Coulthard providing a reminder of his previous career on the clay.
“The racing is very good,” he said. “I’m pretty keen to get to Phillip Island where I think the racing will be even better.
“I love battling with multiple cars for position and that’s why I love speedway so much, but I think TCR is definitely very competitive.
“It’s great to run door-to-door with people and there was some great racing at Symmons Plains.”
However, qualifying provided a snapshot of what was to come as Willmington was 0.9s off Nathan Morcom’s pole position.
“I was stoked there was 0.9s separating me from pole in qualifying and that put me 17th,” Willmington explained.
“TCR is so competitive and it just goes to show, a tiny mistake on one or two corners can be the difference between qualifying on pole or being 17th.
After a few minor problems at AWC Race Tasmania, Willmington believes Phillip Island will be a smoother experience.
“We’re having a look over the car a lot more ahead of Phillip Island and just trying to limit as many problems as possible,” Willmington said.
“We want to go there and finish every race, that’s the aim for me this season.”
The next round of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia is at Phillip Island on March 18-20 together with the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships.