SpeedSeries news | Penalties flip reverse grid TCR race on its head
Josh Buchan will not start the top 10 reverse grid Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series race at Queensland Raceway from pole position after copping a penalty following race one.
Motorsport Australia officials handed out two penalties post-race for separate incidents during the opening encounter.
The first clash saw HMO Customer Racing driver Bailey Sweeny cop a hit from Garry Rogers Motorsport ace Aaron Cameron.
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Bailey Sweeny spears off the road at turn two on the opening lap at Queensland Raceway (Daniel Kalisz)
Initially, Cameron was given a post-race 10-second penalty. However, he appealed the penalty only to receive a harsher punishment, upgrading the charge to 15 seconds.
The second clash on the opening lap saw another HMO Customer Racing driver in the wars.
In that instance, it was Josh Buchan who got into the side of Ashley Seward Motorsport ace Michael Caruso.
The two-time Supercars race winner found himself facing the wrong way, but would recover to 12th.
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For the incident, Buchan was handed a 30-second penalty, dropping him from 10th to 14th and out of position for the top 10 reverse grid race two.
Cameron, who finished fourth, dropped to 13th with his penalty.
Aaron Cameron (No.18) was penalised (Daniel Kalisz)
The other notable incident in the race that involved Ben Bargwanna and Nathan Morcom went unpenalised.
The opening race of the weekend was won by Wall Racing’s Tony D’Alberto, who led home privateer and fellow Honda Civic driver Zac Soutar.
Jay Hanson completed the podium for Melbourne Performance Centre.
Sweeny, Luke King, Jordan Cox, Michael Clemente, Will Brown, Lachlan Mineeff and Caruso completed the top 10.
Race two of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series gets underway at 12:10pm on Sunday.
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