Aaron Cameron and Nathan Morcom became the eighth and ninth different winners of the inaugural carsales TCR Australia Series at The Bend Motorsport Park today.
Morcom claimed his first champagne for the season, his Hyundai
team-mate Will Brown took a podium place with his sister Hyundai i30N to
put the exclamation mark on his 2019 championship.
While Brown had the title provisionally secured before The Bend, the battle for second was intense. It came down to the final race, with Cameron hot on the heaps of Honda star Tony D’Alberto.
Cameron won Race 2 and held sway over D’Alberto for the majority of the final race, only for a turbo issue in his Volkswagen Golf to rob him of the runner-up place.
In the last race, Morcom led home first-time podium placer Chris Pither in his Renault Megane,
The Honda driver admits he was surprised to finish so well after a tough time with a car that was lacking straight-line speed.
“I didn’t think that was going to happen. But I’ll take it,” says D’Alberto.
“I felt sorry for Aaron because he did a good job all year. But I’m certainly happy to take second in the championship.”
The final race of the inaugural series provided surprises and dramas, as Russell Ingall’s Audi RS3 lost a spring from the rear suspension and James Moffat’s Renault broke an engine mount, while Andre Heimgartner delivered a solid fourth in an improving Holden Astra.
The TCR field will re-assemble in March for the Australian Grand Prix and Morcom is already looking forward to the 2020 season.
FINAL SERIES POINTS
1. Will Brown – 665
2. Tony D’Alberto – 505
3. Aaron Cameron – 490
4. Dylan O’Keeffe – 483
5. Nathan Morcom – 436
6. James Moffat – 412
7. Jason Bright – 368
8. John Martin – 352
9. Russell Ingall – 308
10. Garth Tander – 286