Cox: He knows what he did
In what was an action-packed second round of the season at Phillip Island for the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, Jordan Cox keen is keen to get revenge after his narrow race two loss to Michael Clemente.
Starting the weekend on the back foot, the Garry Rogers Motorsport star found himself in the lead for the majority of the second race, before eventually losing the position to Clemente in the dying stages.
It was a move that had alarm bells ringing for both Cox and the Stewards, yet the result was upheld and Clemente was awarded his first-ever race win in front of a strong supporting cast.
Cox believed that despite the move being approved by Stewards, the understanding between drivers on track wasn’t followed.
“I was incredibly frustrated by the move and I voiced my opinion to the Stewards when they called me in to talk about it,” Cox said.
“I don’t have an issue with the end decision, I’m all for free and open racing on track, but its got to be clean.
“I also love hard racing, and I know it’s hard to pass in these cars but if that is the standard that’s being set going forward, then I will remember that.
“Between us drivers, we all know exactly what he did, despite how different it may come across on TV.
“I happily shook his hand, but other than that, I didn’t really have much time for him after the race.
“He knows what he did, so if that’s how he wants to do it then bring it on.”
A top-four finish in the third and final race of the weekend saw Cox head home second on the series standings.
Ahead of the third round at the Hi-tec Oils Race Winton, Cox was confident he could continue his good form.
“I wanted to keep going, I didn’t want the weekend to end,” Cox explained.
“I have got full trust in the GRM crew with what they do, there are four drivers in GRM and we have all got our own unique driving styles but we work very well together to go down a path then put our own personal touches on things.
“I’m pretty confident moving forward, the boys have had some good tests and we have seemed to have made a great gain.
“I am here to win the series, I’m not here just to make up the numbers. I haven’t had the race wins I’ve wanted but I’ve been up there a lot of the time.
“I was in the hunt last year, I’m in the hunt this year and the process seems to be paying off.”
The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series drama will continue at the Hi-Tec Oils Race Winton series as one of seven categories in action over the course of the weekend, with Saturday and Sunday’s action to be broadcast via StanSport and 9Gem.
Tickets to the event can be purchased via motorsporttickets.com.au
The Hi-Tec Oils Race Winton is part of the Shannons SpeedSeries’ 2023 calendar and takes place at Winton Raceway on 9-11 June.