Will Brown is the inaugural carsales TCR Australia Series champion.
At the end of a torrid day of racing at Sandown Park, including a first-lap spin that dropped him to the back of the pack, the youngster did just enough to provisionally claim the crown.
Brown drove his Hyundai i30 N back to an eighth-place finish, doing just enough to edge out his final championship threat, Dylan O’Keefe.
“I’m such an idiot. It’s not the way I wanted to do it, but I’ll take it,” says Brown.
“I just put my head down and went for it. And I got there.”
It’s the third Australian title for the pocket rocket, after victories in the Toyota 86 and Formula 4 series, and he is now looking ahead to an all-out attack on the series finale at Tailem Bend in November.
Brown’s title win overshadowed the brilliance of Nestor Girolami, the Agentinian raider who completed a Sandown sweep with his victory in the last of three races in a Honda Civic Type R.
He was followed home by veteran Garth Tander in an Audi RS3, although third-placed Andre Heimgartner was facing a protest after potentially overtaking under a caution flag in his Holden Astra.
“They were going crazy and I got on with the job,” says Tander.
“From where I was on Friday, P-nowhere, to this is pretty satisfying.”
D’Alberto finished fourth, and may be promoted to third, pending the stewards post-race enquiries.
The final round of the carsales TCR Australia Series will be held at The Bend Motorsport Park on November 15-17.
Results: TCR Australia Race 3, Sandown
|1||38||Nestor Girolami (ARG)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||20||25:17.9768|
|2||3||Garth Tander (Vic)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||20||25:18.4446|
|3||777||Andre Heimgartner (NZ)||Kelly Racing||Holden Astra||20||25:20.7374|
|4||50||Tony D’Alberto (Vic)||Wall Racing||Honda Civic Type R||20||25:22.5334|
|5||8||Jason Bright (Vic)||Taskforce/Melb Performance Cnt||Volkswagon Golf GTI||20||25:25.4375|
|6||62||Bryce Fullwood (NT)||Kelly Racing||Holden Astra||20||25:25.7936|
|7||2||Aaron Cameron (Vic)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Volkswagen Golf GTI||20||25:28.0687|
|8||30||William Brown (Qld)||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30N||20||25:34.9130|
|9||34||James Moffat (Vic)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Renault Megane RS||20||25:42.6370|
|10||11||Nathan Morcom (NSW)||HMO Customer Racing||Hyundai i30N||20||26:00.1114|
|11||9||Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic)||Ashley Seward Motorsport||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||20||26:31.9655|
|12||97||Liam McAdam (Qld)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Audi RS 3||18||26:03.5963|
|DNF||7||Jordan Cox (NSW)||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||19||24:08.1394|
|DNF||35||Alexandra Whitley (Qld)||Melbourne Performance Centre||Volkswagon Golf GTI||11||14:34.0702|