Sydney TCR: Almond completes Friday sweep
Hyundai driver Michael Almond completed a Friday clean sweep by topping the second TCR Australia practice session at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Almond and Honda driver John Martin traded fastest laps in the early stages of the session, both dipping into the mid-1m35s.
Almond quickly landed the hammer blow, though, pulling six-tenths clear with a 1m34.636s.
As was the case in today's first session, there was no running the Hyundai driver down. He ended the day on top by 0.15s, Alfa driver Dylan O'Keeffe closing the gap 10 minutes from the end.
O'Keeffe's lap bumped Martin back to third, with Nathan Morcom finishing fourth in his HMO Hyundai.
Tony D'Alberto was fifth in his Honda, Jason Bright best of the Volkswagens in sixth, and Audi GT ace Rik Breukers seventh in his RS3.
Supercars regular Andre Heimgartner wound up eighth in his Kelly Racing Subaru, followed by Supercars enduro drivers James Moffat (Garry Rogers Motorsport Renault) and Alex Rullo (Kelly Racing Holden).
Rullo also caused a red flag that saw the session cut 90s short, after an off at the fast first turn thanks to rear wing issue.
Will Brown, who was fourth in his HMO Hyundai in the first session, didn't set a single time thanks to a combination of steering rack and throttle problems.
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|1||Michael Almond||Hyundai I30N||1:34.6368*|
|2||Dylan O’Keeffe||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||1:34.7835||0.1467|
|3||John Martin||Honda Civic Type R||1:35.2636||0.6268|
|4||Nathan Morcom||Hyundai I30N||1:35.5899||0.9531|
|5||Tony D’Alberto||Honda Civic Type R||1:35.7904||1.1536|
|6||Jason Bright||Volkswagen Golf GTI||1:35.9824||1.3456|
|7||Rik Breukers||Audi RS 3||1:36.5489||1.9121|
|8||Andre Heimgartner||Subaru WRX STI||1:36.7026||2.0658|
|9||James Moffat||Renault Magane RS||1:36.9320||2.2952|
|10||Alex Rullo||Holden Astra||1:37.9029||3.2661|
|11||Jimmy Vernon||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||1:38.2218||3.5850|
|12||Chris Pither||Renault Magane RS||1:38.3072||3.6704|
|13||Molly Taylor||Subaru WRX STI||1:38.4894||3.8526|
|14||Chelsea Angelo||Holden Astra||1:39.1812||4.5444|
|15||Alexandra Whitley||Volkswagen Golf GTI||1:39.1971||4.5603|
|16||Aaron Cameron||Volkswagen Golf GTI||1:39.2013||4.5645|
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