Tander gives Audi its first TCR Australia win at Tailem Bend

Garth Tander added two new names to the winner’s list with a come-from-behind victory in the first of three carsales TCR Australian Series sprints at Tailem Bend.

‘GT’ put himself and Audi onto the honour role with a confident run to victory, despite a half-spin that dropped him back to fourth at the midway point of the 30-minute contest.

TCR championship leader Will Brown was the stand-out as he dashed from 16th on the grid to second at the finish in his Hyundai i30N, helped by a penalty to early leader Jordan Cox in a Honda, with Aaron Cameron third in a Volkswagen Golf.

“It was an awesome race. It’s a good day,” Tander said after his victory.

“It was really challenging when it started raining on the first lap. At the end it started sprinkling again so I just brought it home.”

Brown was the stand-out as he moved confidently through the field, although he took too much out of his tyres and had no answer to Tander at the finish. On the first lap alone he went from 16th to sixth.

“It was a pretty exciting race,” he said.

“I knew lap one was the one to get through, so I made some big moves and got up there.”

Cameron saw plenty of the action in a race which was torrid from front to back, including Cox tapping pole-sitter James Moffat into a spin with his Renault Megane which brought an early safety car.

“There were people going everywhere,” he reported.

Cox held the lead for much of the race as others see-sawed through the leading pack, earning praise from Tander despite his penalty.

“He drove awesome in the early part of the race,” Tander said.

The big losers over the 30-minute battle were the Honda Civics of front-row starter Tony D’Alberto, who spun on the first lap, and John Martin, who slowed towards the finish with a lack of straight-line speed.

Moffat also failed to feature, guest driver Russell Ingall never really got into gear, Leanne Tander was involved in body contact and then got a penalty, while Jason Bright parked his Volkswagen Golf with two flat tyres.

RESULTS, RACE 1

PosNumDriverTeamCarLapsTime
   4Garth Tander (Vic)     Melbourne Performance Centre  Audi RS 3           1227:52.7479
  30William Brown (Qld)    HMO Customer Racing           Hyundai i30N        1227:53.7487
   2Aaron Cameron (Vic)    Melbourne Performance Centre  Volkswagen Golf GTI 1227:54.1324
  24John Martin (NSW)      Wall Racing                   Honda Civic Type R  1228:00.1778
  11Nathan Morcom (NSW)    HMO Customer Racing           Hyundai i30N        1228:01.5733
  33Chris Pither (NZ)      Garry Rogers Motorsport       Renault Megane RS   1228:02.2104
  38Jordan Cox (NSW)       Wall Racing                   Honda Civic Type R  1228:02.9404
  50Tony D’Alberto (Vic)   Wall Racing                   Honda Civic Type R  1228:13.8285
  34James Moffat (Vic)     Garry Rogers Motorsport       Renault Megane RS   1228:15.6097
10  62Alex Rullo (WA)        Kelly Racing                  Holden Astra        1228:17.2174
11 100Russell Ingall (Qld)   Melbourne Performance Centre  Audi RS 3           1228:20.7896
12  35Alexandra Whitley (Qld)Alliance Autosport            Volkswagon Golf GTI 1228:21.6509
13   3Leanne Tander (Vic)    Melbourne Performance Centre  Audi RS 3           1228:21.9942
14   7Jimmy Vernon (NSW)     Garry Rogers Motorsport       Alfa Romeo Giulietta1228:24.5659
15   6Molly Taylor (NSW)     Kelly Racing                  Subaru WRX STi      1229:13.1600
DNF  8Jason Bright (Vic)     Taskforce / Alliance AutosportVolkswagon Golf GTI 1126:40.3498
DNF  9Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)   Ashley Seward Motorsport      Alfa Romeo Giulietta 922:21.0849
DNF777Andre Heimgartner (NZ) Kelly Racing                  Subaru WRX STi       820:05.6327
DNF 37Chelsea Angelo (Vic)   Kelly Racing                  Holden Astra         514:41.5306

Tander gives Audi its first TCR Australia win at Tailem Bend

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