Garth Tander has taken pole position for the TCR Asia Pacific Cup at Albert Park this afternoon.
Driving his brand-new Audi RS 3 LMS, the three-times Bathurst 1000 winner was dominant in the session, taking the top spot by over 0.5s from TCR debutant Michael Caruso in his Valvoline Alfa Romeo.
Tander appeared well down the order in both of the practice sessions, but with two minutes to go in the qualifying session, Tander blasted the new Audi to the top of the times and will start tomorrow morning’s race from the top spot.
Caruso was impressive in his first day as a TCR driver, claiming second place ahead of Hyundai driver Nathan Morcom.
Practice form man Will Brown will start tomorrow’s race in fourth place, ahead of James Moffat (Renault) and a pair of Peugeots in Aaron Cameron and Frenchman Julien Birche.
Rounding out the top 10 is James Allen (Alfa Romeo), Dutchman Stan van Oord (Audi) and Dylan O’Keefe (Renault).
Race 1 for the TCR Asia Pacific Cup, supporting the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, will be held at 9:40am tomorrow morning.