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Sandown TCR: Girolami dominates opener

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Sep 21, 2019, 3:43 AM

Nestor Girolami made a perfect start to his TCR Australia cameo, dominating the opening race at Sandown.

The WTCR ace was never troubled over the 20-lap journey, pulling as much as 3.5s clear along the way.

Series leader Will Brown did close that gap in the closing stages, but couldn't stop Girolami claiming a 2.2s win for the Wall Honda squad.

Brown's race less straightforward, the HMO Hyundai driver briefly dropping back to fourth behind John Martin (Wall Honda) and Jordan Cox (GRM Alfa).

Quickly getting past Cox, Martin proved a tougher nut to crack for Brown. It wasn't until Lap 12, as Martin struggled on four wet tyres in drying conditions, that Brown charged into second.

Cox profited from Martin's late-race lack of grip too, grabbing third place ahead of Garth Tander (MPC Audi).

Martin, meanwhile, held on for a remarkable fifth place, Liam McAdam (MPC Audi) and James Moffat (GRM Renault) right on his hammer at the flag.

Dylan O'Keeffe (ASM Alfa) did his title hopes little favour with eighth, followed by Aaron Cameron (MPC VW) and Nathan Morcom (HMO Hyundai).

Andre Heimgartner, who started on the outside of the front row, didn't see the finish thanks to a suspected suspension problem on his Kelly Holden.

Race 1 results:

Pos Num Driver Team Car Time
   38 Nestor Girolami (ARG)   Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   26:00.7271
   30 William Brown (Qld)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         26:02.9497
    7 Jordan Cox (NSW)        Garry Rogers Motorsport        Alfa Romeo Giulietta 26:10.9174
    3 Garth Tander (Vic)      Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            26:12.5411
   24 John Martin (NSW)       Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   26:15.6835
   97 Liam McAdam (Qld)       Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            26:15.9660
   34 James Moffat (Vic)      Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    26:16.2825
    9 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)    Ashley Seward Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta 26:20.4079
    2 Aaron Cameron (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagen Golf GTI  26:21.3056
10   11 Nathan Morcom (NSW)     HMO Customer Racing            Hyundai i30N         26:36.7466
11   33 Chris Pither (NZ)       Garry Rogers Motorsport        Renault Megane RS    26:38.1914
12  100 Russell Ingall (Qld)    Melbourne Performance Centre   Audi RS 3            27:00.7018
13   62 Bryce Fullwood (NT)     Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra         27:09.5344
14   35 Alexandra Whitley (Qld) Melbourne Performance Centre   Volkswagon Golf GTI  27:15.5164
15   50 Tony D’Alberto (Vic)    Wall Racing                    Honda Civic Type R   27:19.4446
DNF   8 Jason Bright (Vic)      Taskforce/Melb Performance Cnt Volkswagon Golf GTI  18:38.9701
DNF 777 Andre Heimgartner (NZ)  Kelly Racing                   Holden Astra          5:40.7907
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Series TCR Australia
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Author Andrew van Leeuwen