2019 TCR Australia Round 3.rThe Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend, South Australia, Australia.rFriday 12th June to Sunday 14th June 2019.rWorld Copyright: Daniel Kalisz PhotographerrRef: Digital Image _K1D4497.CR2

Dylan o’keeffe

Back-to-Back Willowbank Weekends for TCR Title Contender

Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo Guilietta TCR driver Dylan O’Keeffe says it will feel “unusual” to race at the same circuit, two weekends in a row.

The 21-year-old, who scored his best qualifying and race results in the Dunlop Super2 Series at Willowbank’s Queensland Raceway on the weekend, will head back to the track affectionately known as “the paperclip” for Round 4 of the TCR Australia Series this weekend.

“It’s funny – I hadn’t raced at QR since 2015, and all of a sudden I’m racing there two weekends in a row, in two different national categories,” O’Keeffe said.

“It’s unusual for that to happen in car racing, but it’s not a bad thing.

“Obviously the cars are completely different, but I still think racing the Super2 car will be a minor advantage, because I already have a good feel for the track conditions.”

O’Keeffe has been one of the stars of the inaugural TCR season so far – he has won two races, and qualified inside the top four in all three rounds. He highlighted the ASM team’s ability to arrive at each track with a stable base setup as one of the key components of his success.

“Every round so far, we’ve rolled out in the first practice session with a well-balanced car, and we haven’t had to go chasing adjustments or making radical changes,” he said.

“It makes it a lot easier to hit the sweet spot when you arrive at the track with a setup that’s already in the window.

“Considering it’s such a new category, Ash and the boys really have done a great job of coming to grips with this car, and getting their heads around it so quickly.”

The TCR round will commence with practice on Friday, followed by Qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday, and Races 2 and 3 on Sunday.

TCR Round 4 schedule

Friday, 2 August

12:00pm – Practice 1 (30 min)

3:15pm – Practice 2 (30 min)

Saturday, 3 August

10:20am – Qualifying (30 min)

2:15pm – Race 1 (30 min)

Sunday, 4 August

1:15pm – Race 2 (30 min)

2:20pm – Race 3 (30 min)

Where to Watch

Races 1, 2 and 3 will be shown live on SBS. All sessions will be live streamed on the Shannons Nationals website and Facebook page.

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