Feb 28, 2022
Round 1 – Race Tasmania Summary
The season opener at Symmons Plains saw the return of Tony D’Alberto in his Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR.
Wall Racing was also delighted to welcome Supercars race winner, Fabian Coulthard in the TCR line-up at Round 1, Race Tasmania teaming up with D’Alberto in what was Coulthard’s TCR debut in a one-off guest drive supported by Stan Sport.
The first practice session for TCR saw D’Alberto topping the time sheet after the session resumed following an incident on the back sweeper. The Session finished with D’Alberto in the top ten and Coulthard running 13th in his Stan Sport Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR Car.
In an impressive run in Practice 2 of TCR at Symmons Plains, Coulthard finished in 4th position on the time sheets with D’Alberto following in 8th.
Saturday’s qualifying saw D’Alberto in P2 on the time sheet and TCR new-comer Coulthard running 13th.
In the Top Ten Qualifying, Wall Racing’s D’Alberto, in his #50 completed his run in 7th place with a fastest lap of 0:55.6118.
Race 1 had Wall Racing’s TCR line-up led by D’Alberto who finished in 8th position overall and Coulthard following in 11th after a close battle for 10th place with Shiels.
TCR Race 2 saw Tony D’Alberto on the podium in 3rd after some close battles at the front with Sweeny and Brown. Fabian Coulthard in his first front-wheel-drive racing experience finished Race 2 in 14th.
The final race of the weekend saw much action where the race was interrupted by multiple safety cars following several incidents. However, D’Alberto prevailed in his Honda Civic Type R, rounding out his weekend in 2nd place in Race 3. Fabian Coulthard finished the final race of Round 1 in 14th place overall.
After making his Trans Am Series debut with Wall Racing in 2021, Tim Brook once again competed his #38 Ford Mustang in the muscle car series opener.
Practice 1 and 2 saw him place 7th and 2nd respectively in his TRADIEPAD Wall Racing Ford Mustang.
Saturday’s qualifying run saw him set to start from 2nd place on the grid after the session was split into two for the top and bottom half of the 26-car field.
Brook sealed the win under safety car in Round 1’s Race 1 after overtaking polesitter Kyle Gurton. He was able to maintain the lead despite multiple safety car interruptions and Tim running wide at the hairpin after the first restart on lap 8.
In Race 2, Brook came in 4th place behind Ben Grice after being overtaken by Gurton, Grice and reigning champion Nathan Herne who made up the place just before turn 6.
Victory was Brook’s in the final race of the opening round where Brook led the field from the race start. Brook and Herne battled for the lead which remained in Brook’s hands as the safety car was brought out after Rowell crashed exiting turn 3; ultimately causing the race to finish under safety car. This was Brook’s second race win of the weekend.
The second round of the TCR Australia and Trans Am Series will take place at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit from the 18th of March to the 20th.