Jay Hanson leads the way in opening Supercheap Auto TCR Australia practice
The new Audi RS3 LMS TCR of Jay Hanson has taken the ascendency early by finishing opening practice for Round 2 of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia on top of the timesheets at Phillip Island.
Hanson set a 1m 36.2042s to lead the GRM Schaeffler Peugeot 308 TCR of Dylan O’Keeffe by 0.4270s as the latter aims to bounce back from a disappointing end to his opening round campaign at AWC Race Tasmania following a tangle with Royal Purple Racing’s Brad Shiels.
Third was Ashley Seward Motorsport driver Michael Caruso in the Autoglym-supported Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR, just 0.5661s behind Hanson.
Rounding out the top five were Team Valvoline GRM Peugeot driver Aaron Cameron and Will Brown in the MPC Team LIQUI MOLY Audi RS3 LMS TCR.
CLICK HERE for results.
Sixth was Honda Wall Racing’s Tony D’Alberto in the lead Civic Type R TCR ahead of Jordan Cox in the Swyftx GRM Peugeot, HMO Customer Racing’s lead contender Nathan Morcom, privateer Audi driver Liam McAdam in the Forza Brakes Motorsport example and Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series leader Josh Buchan.
Outside the top 10 were returnee Michael Clemente in his privateer Honda Civic Type R TCR in 11th, GRM Team Valvoline’s Kody Garland in 12th following a disappointing opening round in his Renault Megane R.S. TCR, Fabian Coulthard 13th for Stan Sport, newcomer Iain McDougall driving the Le Mans inspired Audi to 15th and maiden race winner last time out Zac Soutar in 18th.
Practice 2 for Supercheap Auto TCR Australia is at 2:35pm AEDT.
The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia field will contest three 16-lap races at Phillip Island this weekend forming the opening event for the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships together with the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS and Turtle Wax Trans Am Series.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and must be pre-purchased. CLICK HERE to secure your place at Phillip Island.
Live and on-demand coverage will be broadcast via Stan Sport, with a bumper 12 hours of coverage over Saturday and Sunday, starting at 11am AEDT each day. Viewers outside of Australia can watch free on motorsport.tv.