Hyundai extends TCR Australia Championship lead with four podium finishes at Winton Raceway.
- Hyundai driver Bailey Sweeny extended his lead in the TCR Australia Driver’s Championship with his second overall round victory of the season
- Josh Buchan climbed to second on the championship ladder with two podium finishes, driving the new generation i30 Sedan N TCR
- Hyundai has won five of the nine TCR Australia races held so far this season
Hyundai cemented its position as title contenders for the 2023 TCR Championship with a 1-2 finish in the third round of the series at Winton Motor Raceway.
Bailey Sweeny extended his championship lead with two podiums from three races, including a lights-to-flag victory in the final sprint, while teammate Josh Buchan climbed to second position in the drivers’ standings with third and second-place finishes.
HMO Customer Racing has now won five of the nine races held so far in the 2023 TCR Australia Championship.
Both HMO Customer Racing drivers hit the track with immediate pace, as Buchan and Sweeny finished second and third in the opening practice session. Sweeny again set the third-fastest time in the second practice session while Buchan spent the majority of the session in the garage fine-tuning his i30 Sedan N TCR, finishing in 10th position.
In qualifying, Sweeny was on course for a last-lap dash, that would have landed him on pole position, only to be baulked by a slower rival in the tightest section of the circuit forcing him to settle for a front-row start - with Buchan just behind in third place.
|Josh Buchan||Bailey Sweeny|
|Practice 1||P2 (1:26.8358 sec)||P3 (1:26.8582 sec)|
|Practice 2||P10 (1:26.9175 sec)||P3 (1:26.3940 sec)|
|Qualifying||P3 (1:15.1432 sec)||P2 (1:24.8654 sec)|
|Race 1||P4 (1:26.8633 sec)||P2 (1:25.6899 sec - FL)|
|Race 2||P3 (1:26.9451 sec)||P5 (1:26.9182 sec)|
|Race 3||P2 (1:26.8029 sec)||P1 (1:25.6187 sec - FL)|
|1||Bailey Sweeny||Hyundai i30 N TCR||387|
|2||Josh Buchan||Hyundai i30 Sedan N TCR||351|
|3||Jordan Cox||Peugeot 308 TCR||326|
|4||Aaron Cameron||Peugeot 308 TCR||307|
|5||Lachlan Minneef||Audi RS3 LMS||302|
|6||Ben Bargwanna||Peugeot 308 R||288|
|7||Tony D’Alberto||Honda Civic Type R||280|
|8||Michael Clemente||Cupra Leon TCR||274|
|9||Tom Oliphant||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||268|
|10||Kody Garland||Peugeot 308 TCR||264|
|Hyundai i30 Sedan N TCR Specifications|
|Weight||1,265 kg (including driver)|
|Engine||1,998 cc turbocharged four-cylinder, DOHC, 16 valves|
|Power||257 kW at 7,000 rpm|
|Torque||450 Nm at 3,500 rpm|
|Transmission||Six-speed sequential with paddle shift, front-wheel drive|
|Suspension (Front)|| Fully adjustable MacPherson strut with coil springs & anti-roll bar|
|Suspension (Rear)||Fully adjustable four-arm multi-link with coil springs & anti-roll bar|
|Steering||Electrically assisted rack and pinion|
|Brakes (Front)||Six-piston callipers and 380 mm ventilated disc|
|Brakes (Rear)||Two-piston callipers with 278 mm disc|
|Wheels||18” x 10” Braid alloys specifically designed for Hyundai Motorsport|
|Tyres||Kumho TCR slicks|
|Fuel Tank||100 litres with dry-brake system|
|Race 1 & 3||50||46||42||38||36||31||29||27||25||23|
|2023 TCR Australia Championship Schedule|
|Round 1||February 24-26, Symmons Plains, Tasmania|
|Round 2||May 12-14, Phillip Island, Victoria|
|Round 3||June 9-11, Winton Raceway, Victoria|
|Round 4||August 11-13, Queensland Raceway, Queensland|
|Round 5||September 8-10, Sandown Raceway, Victoria|
|Round 6||November 3-5, Sydney Motorsport Park, New South Wales|
|Round 7||November 10-12, Mount Panorama, New South Wales|