Tom Oliphant makes TCR World Rankings move following first win
SUPERCHEAP AUTO TCR Australia drivers continue to be in the thick of the action when it comes to the Kumho TCR World Rankings.
The global score ranks more than 1000 TCR drivers globally with leading local lights factoring at the pointy-end of the competition.
Tom Oliphant’s temporary switch back to the venerable Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR rewarded him with both his first TCR Australia win as well as a big jump in the ranking, with the British racer climbing 77 places to 260th of the near 1,100 ranked drivers.
Aaron Cameron had a comparatively disastrous weekend, with his results at Winton not true to his usual form.
Cameron mostly suffered as the two of the oldest results he dropped (with only the last 20 counting) were his race win at Bathurst last year and his second place at Sydney, and weren’t well replaced with nothing better than eighth at Winton.
As a result, Cameron drops 45 positions and out of the TCR World Ranking Final qualifying positions for now.
While HMO Customer Racing drivers Josh Buchan and Bailey Sweeny had relatively strong weekends, with Buchan twice on the podium, and Sweeny even winning Race 3, the two drivers lost a small amount of ground in the ranking due to the 20-result rule as well.
Sweeny dropped all three of his Bathurst (April) results from last year which included a win and a second place, as did Buchan whose results at Bathurst last year were slightly stronger in terms of points allocation than this year.
Buchan therefore slips 12 places to 41st, and Sweeny 20 spots to 59th.
While Jordan Cox’s race weekend at Winton was definitely not stronger than the Hyundai drivers, he only drops one spot as his Bathurst results last year were a total disaster, where he finished no higher than tenth.
Will Brown’s absence from Winton meant no real change to his ranking position, with the MPC Audi driver staying on top mostly thanks to his performances from 2022, as his start to 2023 has been problematic at best.
Brown therefore only lost one spot to drivers who moved up ahead of him in the ranking, and therefore becomes the best-placed Australian driver following the position drop for Buchan.
TCR AUSTRALIA 2023 – ALL DRIVER MOVEMENTS
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