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Winton TCR: Brown tops practice, O'Keeffe crashes

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Winton TCR: Brown tops practice, O'Keeffe crashes
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Aug 31, 2019, 12:49 AM

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).

Pos Num Driver Team Car Time Gap
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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Series TCR Australia
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Author Andrew van Leeuwen