Winton TCR: Brown scorches to maiden pole
TCR Australia title favourite Will Brown took a first series pole with a scorching lap at Winton.
The HMO Hyundai driver made a flying start to the session, pulling six-tenths clear of early leader Jason Bright (Alliance VW) with a 1m24.797s just before the 10-minute mark.
He then lowered the benchmark to 1m24.609s on his next run.
Brown's margin was quickly reduced by a flurry of quick times, the likes of teammate Nathan Morcom and Wall Honda driver getting to within a couple of tenths of the leader.
But Brown wasn't done there, blowing the margin back out to over a half a second with a 1m24.098s with 10 minutes to go.
Having used two sets of new front tyres, Brown was forced to park up for the rest of the session.
However nobody was able to run the points leader down, Andre Heimgartner (Kelly Holden) getting closest, but still falling 0.2s short of denying Brown a first TCR pole.
"I don't normally get pole, I normally get second or third. That's what I'm good at," joked Brown.
"It was awesome. HMO Customer Racing has done a great job.I'm really happy to get out first pole. The boys can buy some beers with [the pole cheque]."
Martin will start the first race from third, with Dylan O'Keeffe (ASM Alfa) recovering from a poor morning practice session to qualify fourth.
Tony D'Alberto (Wall Honda) will share the third row with Bright, followed by Aaron Cameron (MPC VW) and Morcom.
Jordan Cox (GRM Alfa) and Russell Ingall (MPC Audi) rounded out the Top 10.
|1||30||William Brown (Qld)||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30N||1:24.0981|
|2||777||Andre Heimgartner (NZ)||Kelly Racing||Subaru WRX STi||1:24.3225||00.2244|
|3||24||John Martin (NSW)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||1:24.3233||00.2252|
|4||9||Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)||Ashley Seward Motorsport||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||1:24.4103||00.3122|
|5||50||Tony D’Alberto (Vic)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||1:24.4552||00.3571|
|6||8||Jason Bright (Vic)||Taskforce / Alliance Autosport||Volkswagon Golf GTI||1:24.5112||00.4131|
|7||2||Aaron Cameron (Vic)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Volkswagen Golf GTI||1:24.5665||00.4684|
|8||11||Nathan Morcom (NSW)||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30N||1:24.6855||00.5874|
|9||7||Jordan Cox (NSW)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||1:24.7336||00.6355|
|10||100||Russell Ingall (Qld)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||1:24.7627||00.6646|
|11||34||James Moffat (Vic)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Renault Megane RS||1:24.9193||00.8212|
|12||38||Tim Brook (NSW)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||1:24.9199||00.8218|
|13||97||Liam McAdam (Qld)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||1:24.9751||00.8770|
|14||33||Chris Pither (NZ)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Renault Megane RS||1:25.0974||00.9993|
|15||3||Leanne Tander (Vic)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||1:25.1409||01.0428|
|16||62||Hamish Ribarits (Vic)||Kelly Racing||Holden Astra||1:25.7081||01.6100|
|17||37||Bryce Fullwood (NT)||Kelly Racing||Subaru WRX STi||1:26.0291||01.9310|
|18||35||Alexandra Whitley (Qld)||Alliance Autosport||Volkswagon Golf GTI||1:26.7273||02.6292|
|19||6||Molly Taylor (NSW)||Kelly Racing||Subaru WRX STi||1:27.2388||03.1407|
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