Winton TCR: Brown tops practice, O'Keeffe crashes
There were contrasting fortunes for the TCR Australia contenders in practice at Winton, with Will Brown topping the times as Dylan O'Keefe crashed his Alfa.
Following an early stint on top, Brown pulled a whopping eight-tenths on the field with a 1m25.147s before the halfway mark in the 50-minute session.
The HMO Hyundai driver didn't improve from there, but he didn't need to either. It wasn't until the final 10 minutes that the whopping gap was reduced, and even then John Martin (Wall Honda) still fell a tenth short of Brown's benchmark.
It was a different story for other title contender in the field, ASM Alfa driver O'Keeffe bringing out the red flag with 18 minutes to go after nudging the Turn 6 wall.
He was able to get back to pits under his own steam, but was left buried down in 11th in the times.
He wasn't the only drive to have dramas at Turn 6, Leanne Tander backing her MPC Audi into the wall at the same spot several minutes before O'Keeffe.
Jason Bright (Alliance VW) was third quickest for the session, followed by James Moffat (GRM Renault) and Andre Heimgartner (Kelly Holden).
Jordan Cox (GRM Alfa) recovered from an early spin to end up seventh, followed by Tander, debutant Tim Brook and Tony D'Alberto (both Wall Hondas).
|1||30||William Brown (Qld)||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30N||1:25.1476|
|2||24||John Martin (NSW)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||1:25.2863||00.1387|
|3||8||Jason Bright (Vic)||Taskforce / Alliance Autosport||Volkswagon Golf GTI||1:25.4310||00.2834|
|4||34||James Moffat (Vic)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Renault Megane RS||1:25.5236||00.3760|
|5||777||Andre Heimgartner (NZ)||Kelly Racing||Subaru WRX STi||1:25.6776||00.5300|
|6||100||Russell Ingall (Qld)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||1:25.8902||00.7426|
|7||7||Jordan Cox (NSW)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||1:26.1095||00.9619|
|8||3||Leanne Tander (Vic)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||1:26.2640||01.1164|
|9||38||Tim Brook (NSW)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||1:26.3302||01.1826|
|10||50||Tony D’Alberto (Vic)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||1:26.3551||01.2075|
|11||9||Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)||Ashley Seward Motorsport||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||1:26.5905||01.4429|
|12||33||Chris Pither (NZ)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Renault Megane RS||1:26.6476||01.5000|
|13||11||Nathan Morcom (NSW)||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30N||1:26.6556||01.5080|
|14||37||Bryce Fullwood (NT)||Kelly Racing||Subaru WRX STi||1:27.0362||01.8886|
|15||35||Alexandra Whitley (Qld)||Alliance Autosport||Volkswagon Golf GTI||1:27.3609||02.2133|
|16||97||Liam McAdam (Qld)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||1:27.7938||02.6462|
|17||6||Molly Taylor (NSW)||Kelly Racing||Subaru WRX STi||1:27.8346||02.6870|
|18||2||Aaron Cameron (Vic)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Volkswagen Golf GTI||1:28.4097||03.2621|
|19||62||Hamish Ribarits (Vic)||Kelly Racing||Holden Astra||1:28.7318||03.5842|
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