Jordan Cox penalised for Luke King Race 1 incident
Title contender Jordan Cox has suffered a blow to his Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series title hopes after being penalised for an incident in the opening race at Mount Panorama yesterday.
Cox has been handed a five second penalty for an incident at The Cutting involving Luke King late in Race 1.
As a result, the Swyftx GRM Peugeot driver has dropped from ninth and a front row start for the inverted Race 2 grid to 14th, losing ground to series leader Tony D’Alberto in his Honda.
The penalty means that D’Alberto’s lead in the title has stretched back out to 49 points over Audi’s Will Brown, who has been promoted into second place, with Cox two points behind Brown.
Realistically, Hyundai driver Josh Buchan is the only other title contender. He sits 72 points behind D’Alberto.
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Another penalty in the race that has mixed up the finishing order was for Michael Caruso, who was penalised for contact with a rival on Mountain Straight on the opening lap.
Caruso crossed the line in fifth but the penalty has demoted him to 10th, and in a stroke of luck, will start from pole for today’s first race thanks to the inverted top 10 starting order.
Caruso will have Buchan alongside on the front-row of this morning’s race, with Frenchman Teddy Clairet and Lachlan Mineeff on row two.
Race 2 starts at 9:25am AEDT.