Symmons Plains, TAS
Jordan Cox has replicated his win from last year’s event by securing a frantic second race for Supercheap Auto TCR Australia at AWC Race Tasmania.
The top 10 positions from qualifying were reversed leaving Garry Rogers Motorsport teammates Aaron Cameron and Cox sharing the front row.
An even start by the pair resulted in a collision at Turn 1 fighting for the lead, which resulted in the Valvoline Racing GRM Peugeot 308 TCR popping a turbo hose forcing last year’s series runner up into the pits.
Cox maintained the lead as HMO Customer Racing’s Bailey Sweeny moved to second after diving down the inside of Tony D’Alberto in the Honda Wall Racing Civic Type R TCR at the hairpin.
Will Brown was battling James Moffat for fifth and successfully passed the LMCT+ Renault Megane R.S. TCR at Turn 5, but yesterday’s race winner Jay Hanson was not so lucky as he aimed to take advantage.
In his new Audi, Hanson tried to follow his teammate through entering the front straight, but contact ensued sending Moffat heavily into the tyre wall. Hanson’s Audi also suffered race ending damage.
The safety car boards came out at the perfect time for Cox as Sweeny made a massive play for the lead, but had to slow behind the GRM Peugeot.
A driveline problem for Lachlan Mineeff in the Purple Sector Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR left him stranded exiting Turn 3. Fellow privateer Liam McAdam was also in trouble after finding the gravel trap at Turn 4.
At the restart on lap 15, Cox led Sweeny, D’Alberto, Brown and Soutar, but not for long as the HMO Customer Racing Hyundai i30N TCR of Josh Buchan moved down the inside at Turn 5.
The was drama right at the end of the race as D’Alberto and Brown fought for the final podium spot, with the MPC Team LIQUI MOLY Audi RS3 LMS TCR on the grass on the front straight after sliding down the inside of the Honda at Turn 5.
Despite brake troubles, Cox held on from Sweeny for his first podium finish in the category in just his second race.
Source: TCR Australia
Sydney, NSW - Sydney Motorsport Park
Bathurst, NSW - Weekend Wrap Up 📝
Coming into round 3 we were looking for a bit of redemption after the disappointment of Phillip Island. We topped the timing sheets in P1 and were in the top 5 in P2 after battling through a broken a rear swaybar.
We found pace again in quali with purple sectors up and over the hill before a front left tyre failure through the chase left me practically parked up at the Rydges hotel and stranded in the gravel trap declaring the session. Because we were the reason for quali being declared we were relegated to the back of the grid. To make matters worse I couldn't see the start lights from where I was which lead to slow get away. Once we got going I had a pearler of a run and picked up 13 spots in race 1, getting the chance to absolutely send it over top and make moves wherever I could with the signature Skyline move working a treat.
Race 2 was a little frustrating but still positive. Pushed up another 5 spots early but in clean air towards the end didn't really have the pace I thought we potentially could. Ended up P4.
A little tune up overnight and I had real pace in race 3 which was plagued with safety cars. Jumped Tander at the start but ran out of racing laps to get any further up the road. A little mistake at T2 on the 2nd restart made to much of a gap to make any real impressions. Finished up in P3, only 2 hundreths behind my GRM team mate Aaron Cameron.
We’re slowly working our way back up the points board and I can’t wait to take the pace we had over the weekend to my home circuit at the end of the month.
Phillip Island, VIC
Jordan had a great start to the year at the TCR Symmons Plains Round 1 at Phillip Island in January, finishing in first place overall on the weekend. With an action-packed start to the week with a few bumps and turns, Jordan was still able to pick up his first win in TCR and hit a few record laps at the raceway. Jordan stated it was going to “be tough work to keep it up but I’m raring to go and welcoming the challenge with Rnd 2 just around the corner”. Keep your eyes open for Jordan back at Phillip Island for Round 2 on the 12th of March.