Sandown TCR: Girolami wins action-packed Race 2
Wall Honda driver Nestor Girolami won an action-packed second TCR Australia race at Sandown.
Like yesterday, the WTCR star sprinted from pole at the start, Jordan Cox (GRM Alfa) and John Martin (Wall Honda) leading the chasing pack.
The race was swiftly neutralised by a Lap 2 Safety Car, called thanks to Russell Ingall (MPC Audi) firing off at Turn 1, and Bryce Fullwood (Kelly Holden) nerfing Nathan Morcom (HMO Hyundai) into the gravel at Turn 9.
Following the Lap 7 restart Cox made a pair of costly mistakes at Turn 1, losing second to James Moffat (GRM Renault) on on lap, before making contact with Martin after running wide on the next.
The contact was enough to take Martin out of the race.
A second Safety Car, called to clear Alexandra Whitley's broken down Volkswagen, was followed by third mistake for Cox at Turn 1, Garth Tander taking that opportunity to pounce and grab second.
But even the three-time Bathurst champion couldn't run down Girolami, the Argentine taking his second win of the weekend by 1.5s.
Moffat came home third, followed by Tony D'Alberto (Wall Honda) and Aaron Cameron (MPC VW).
Cox, meanwhile, ended up way down in 13th, after being spun by Andre Heimgartner (Kelly Holden) in the closing stages.
|1||38||Nestor Girolami (ARG)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||27:56.5831|
|2||3||Garth Tander (Vic)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||27:58.1699|
|3||34||James Moffat (Vic)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Renault Megane RS||28:00.6912|
|4||50||Tony D’Alberto (Vic)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||28:02.7805|
|5||2||Aaron Cameron (Vic)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Volkswagen Golf GTI||28:03.8178|
|6||8||Jason Bright (Vic)||Taskforce/Melb Performance Cnt||Volkswagon Golf GTI||28:04.2009|
|7||30||William Brown (Qld)||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30N||28:04.4301|
|8||9||Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)||Ashley Seward Motorsport||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||28:05.7813|
|9||62||Bryce Fullwood (NT)||Kelly Racing||Holden Astra||28:05.9880|
|10||97||Liam McAdam (Qld)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||28:06.3126|
|11||33||Chris Pither (NZ)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Renault Megane RS||28:12.2172|
|12||777||Andre Heimgartner (NZ)||Kelly Racing||Holden Astra||28:32.2499|
|13||7||Jordan Cox (NSW)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||29:03.3031|
|14||11||Nathan Morcom (NSW)||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30N||28:12.6142|
|DNF||24||John Martin (NSW)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||14:54.7294|
|DNF||35||Alexandra Whitley (Qld)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Volkswagon Golf GTI||15:00.1962|
|DNF||100||Russell Ingall (Qld)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||2:46.7671|
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