Will Brown leads the way under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park
LIQUI MOLY Team MPC’s Will Brown has topped the final Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series practice session under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Brown set the fastest lap in his Audi RS3 LMS TCR late in the session to edge HMO Customer Racing duo Nathan Morcom and Josh Buchan ahead of qualifying tomorrow.
A time of 1m 34.470s gave Brown the top spot as Morcom was just 0.050s behind as teammate Buchan was another 0.067s behind in the second HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR.
In what was a closely fought session, opening practice pacesetter Tony D’Alberto put his Honda Australia Wall Racing Civic Type R TCR in fourth just 0.123s in arrears of Brown as teammate Fabian Coulthard in the Stan Sport example set the fifth fastest lap time.
Backing up the strong run from the Hondas was privateer Zac Soutar in his Spicers Australia supported Civic Type R TCR, 0.471s off the pace.
After missing the top 10 in the earlier practice session, Valvoline Team GRM’s Aaron Cameron put his Peugeot in seventh position ahead of stable mate, Burson Auto Parts-supported Ben Bargwanna in a similar 308 TCR.
Rounding out the top 10 was the LMCT+ Racing GRM Renault Megane RS TCR of James Moffat and Jay Hanson in the Melbourne Performance Centre Audi RS3 LMS TCR.
The first 14 positions were covered by just under a second, with Michael Caruso in the Autoglym Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR, the Schaeffler GRM Peugeot of Dylan O’Keeffe, Jordan Cox driving the Swyftx GRM 308 TCR and HMO Customer Racing’s Bailey Sweeny just missing the top 10.
Kody Garland continues to make gains in his Valvoline Team GRM Renault Megane RS TCR to be 15th ahead of the Royal Purple Racing Hyundai of Brad Shiels, Luke King’s Moutai/ZIP Pay i30 N TCR, Motul-backed Honda driver Michael Clemente, the Purple Sector Volkswagen of Lachlan Mineeff, Challenge Motorsport’s Iain McDougall and Braydan Willmington’s privateer Alfa Romeo.
Supercheap Auto TCR Australia’s regular two-part qualifying kicks off the action at 1:35pm before the category’s first night race at 6:55pm headlining 9Gem’s live coverage starting at 5:30pm (all times in AEST).