Jay Hanson takes maiden Supercheap Auto TCR Australia pole position
Following on from his maiden win at AWC Race Tasmania last month, Jay Hanson has achieved his first Astrontech Pole Position for Round 2 of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia at Phillip Island.
Hanson’s latest specification Audi RS3 LMS TCR will share the front row with Ashley Seward Motorsport driver Michael Caruso in the Autoglym-supported Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR, who fell short of the benchmark 1m 35.8130s by 0.3953s.
It was Fabian Coulthard in the Stan Sports Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R, who set the pace early by finishing atop after the first segment of qualifying with a 1m 36.1219s and was third in the final session until he caused a red flag after getting stuck in the Southern Loop gravel trap. He will start ninth.
Third on the grid is the Schaeffler GRM Peugeot 308 TCR of Dylan O’Keeffe, who lines up alongside impressive privateer Liam McAdam in the Forza Brakes Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR.
Yesterday’s pacesetter Jordan Cox had a moment across Lukey Heights, but recovered to be fifth in the Swyftx GRM Peugeot 308 TCR. Team Soutar Motorsport’s Zac Soutar is sixth in the Spicers Civic Type R TCR, while fellow Honda driver Tony D’Alberto is seventh after being baulked in his pursuit of pole by Lachlan Mineeff’s Purple Sector Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR and both share the fourth row.
Coulthard is joined by MPC Team LIQUI MOLY Audi RS3 LMS TCR of Will Brown on the fifth row.
To be eliminated in the first segment of qualifying were GRM Peugeot pair Ben Bargwanna and Aaron Cameron, all three HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30 N TCRs and Royal Purple Racing’s Brad Shiels.
The opening race for Supercheap Auto TCR Australia at Phillip Island is scheduled to begin at 4:10pm 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.
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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.