JK Vernay came and conquered at Queensland Raceway with a perfect start to his guest appearance in the carsales TCR Australia Series.
The Frenchman proved why he is a highly-rated factory Audi driver as he gave a driving lesson to the Australian TCR hopefuls, qualifying on pole position and then converting a textbook start into an easy win in his pocket-rocket Audi RS 3.
Championship hopeful Dylan O’Keefe was a solid second in his Alfa Romeo Giulietta and racey veteran Russell Ingall scored his first podium placing since he retired from Supercars when he dashed home in third with a second Audi RS3.
The big loser at QR was title leader Will Brown who was involved in a first-lap skirmish, lost a lap to replace a flat tyre, and was finally hit with a drive-through penalty after short-cutting the course while limping back to the pits.
Martin had started his Honda Civic Type R alongside Vernay and when the Frenchman wobbled on the first lap he looked to capitalise in Turn 6 onto the front straight.
But Brown was also looking to overtake in his Hyundai i30 N and the pair tangled, both suffering damage, taking much of the sting out of the battle.
Dylan O’Keeffe has sealed a perfect day at Queensland Raceway, taking two victories and dramatically reducing the big TCR Australia Series points lead that Will Brown had created.
Driving his Alfa Romeo, O’Keeffe made no errors, leading every lap of both of today‘s 21 lap races and reducing the deficit to 55 points.
Russell Ingall continued his strong form in the #100 Castrol Audi RS 3, finishing with a pair of second place finishes, while Aaron Cameron (Volkswagen Golf) and Tony D’Alberto (Honda Civic Type R) took a third place finish each.
Brown’s results were compromised early in the weekend after an incident in Race 1 yesterday that dropped him back down the order. The young Toowoomban raced well to come back to 10th and eighth today, however, he found it hard to make the rapid progress through the field that we have seen from him in recent rounds.
Pole-sitter and Race 1 winner Jean-Karl Vernay was absent from today‘s racing due to illness. He was replaced by Aaron Seton, who managed to score 14th and 11th in the two races.
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