SpeedSeries News | Penalties overturn reverse-grid TCR racing

Josh Buchan will not start the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series reverse-grid top 10 race at Queensland Raceway from pole position after picking up a penalty after the first race.

Motorsport Australia officials imposed two post-race penalties for separate incidents in the opening encounter.

The first clash saw HMO Customer Racing driver Bailey Sweeny against a hit from Garry Rogers Motorsport ace Aaron Cameron.

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At the start, Cameron received a 10-second penalty after the race. However, he appealed the sentence to receive a harsher sentence, increasing the charge to 15 seconds.

The second clash on the opening lap saw another HMO Customer Racing rider in the wars.

In this case, it was Josh Buchan who entered alongside Ashley Seward Motorsport ace Michael Caruso.

The two-time Supercars race winner found himself facing the wrong direction, but recovered to 12th place.

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For the incident, Buchan was given a 30-second penalty, dropping him from 10th to 14th and out of position for the second race on the reverse-grid top-10.

Cameron, who finished fourth, dropped to 13th with his penalty.

The other notable incident of the race involving Ben Bargwanna and Nathan Morcom was not penalized.

The weekend’s opening race was won by Wall Racing’s Tony D’Alberto, who led home privateer and fellow Honda Civic driver Zac Soutar.

Jay Hanson completed the Melbourne Performance Center podium.

Rounding out the top 10 are Sweeny, Luke King, Jordan Cox, Michael Clemente, Will Brown, Lachlan Mineeff and Caruso.

The second race of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia series begins on Sunday at 12:10 p.m.

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