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Brown upstages internationals in wild Race Sydney opener

SUPERCARS star Will Brown has drawn first blood as the TCR Australia and World Tour fields converged for the first of six races Down Under.

Brown survived a wet and wild Race 1 at Sydney Motorsport Park last night to take the chequered flag.

The Melbourne Performance Centre Audi driver was the only Australian in the top six, followed in order by Mikel Azcona (Spain/Hyundai), Ma Qing Hua (China/Lynk & Co), Rob Huff (UK/Audi), Frederic Vervisch (Belgium/Audi) and Yann Ehrlacher (France/Lynk & Co).

The Lynk & Co contingent had got out of the blocks well, taking a top four lockout in Practice 1 and a one-two in Practice 2, putting the TCR Australia regulars on notice.

Ben Bargwanna stood up in qualifying, driving his #71 Burson Auto Parts Peugeot to pole position.

He shared the front row with Brown but drifted to 18th by the end of the 17-lapper.

The headline moment of the race came on Lap 7 when a sudden downpour caught out the slick-shod field, with at least 10 cars spearing off at Turn 2.

Race Control responded by red-flagging the race on safety grounds, allowing drivers to return to the pits to change to wet tyres.

That aided Brown, who was among those to find trouble at Turn 2 but reclaimed the lead by virtue of positions being backdated.

From there, the 25-year-old needed no further help, stretching his legs to win by more than seven seconds.

Will Brown (right) is congratulated by Mikel Azcona. Pic: Supplied/Daniel Kalisz

Aaron Cameron was the second non-international home in eighth to close the gap to TCR Australia leader Bailey Sweeny, who finished 14th (sixth in class).

Straight behind Sweeny was Tony D’Alberto, who recovered from being spun by Norbert Michelisz at Turn 1, and Josh Buchan in 16th.

Two TCR races are to come today, at 4:05pm and 8:40pm AEDT.

There will be another three Australia versus the world races at next weekend’s Bathurst International.

Tony D’Alberto is spun off. Pic: Supplied/Daniel Kalisz
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