Focus turns to title for Jordan Cox after Top 10 TCR World Ranking
It’s been a big couple of weeks for leading Supercheap Auto TCR Australia contender Jordan Cox, highlighted by his top 10 placing in the TCR World Rankings and lead local driver.
Cox placed 10th overall in the TCR World Rankings released a couple of weeks ago ahead of his title showdown with Honda Wall Racing’s Tony D’Alberto, who in turn was 15th in the TCR World Rankings.
Always humble, Cox acknowledged the feat then turned his attention to the title battle as he trails D’Alberto by 46-points heading to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International finale.
“I’m really proud of that,” said Cox. “It’s good to get an achievement like that beside my name.
“It’s nice, but my main concern is on the series rather than the world rankings. It’s good to know though amongst one of the if not the largest touring car rulesets in the world I rank fairly highly.”
Peugeot was the brand to have at Bathurst earlier this year during Easter, with all four Garry Rogers Motorsport 308 TCRs locking out the first two rows.
Despite this, Cox knows Wall Racing has a stronger package compared to Easter, but he is ready to take the fight up to D’Alberto.
“I’m confident, but a bit nervous as I want to win the series though I know a fair bit has to go our way to make that happen,” he explained. “Anything can happen.
“I expect the Honda to be better around there to be honest, Wall Racing and Tony have found some performance at the last few rounds with those guys ramping up what they’ve been doing, but we’ll be there, guns blazing.
“The Peugeot seems to be fast there, but we’re still lacking in a fair bit of straight line speed to the others so that will be something we can work on during the races, especially in the reverse grid Race 2 if we get buried in the pack.
“It’s a case of working through what’s thrown at us.”
Despite enjoying a relatively successful season to lead GRM’s fortunes in 2022, Cox revealed if not for a costly failure to finish his position may have been much closer.
“I’d definitely would have liked to believe we were in with a shot, last year was very up and down yet we still came away third in the series showing great glimpses of speed,” Cox reflected.
“But there was a lot inconsistency mainly due to reliability and ironically its this area that has hurt me this season. I had a DNF at Bathurst in Race 1 and that ruined the whole weekend.
“The only driver to not have a DNF or a mishap is Tony.
“The whole idea coming into the season was just to be consistent and that would get us close to the pointy end. Unfortunately, we haven’t been as consistent as we would have liked, but I’m pretty happy and proud of what we’ve achieved so far.”
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