The inaugural TCR event in Australia got away to a great start for Jimmy Vernon as he jumped 3 within the first lap.

Vernon quickly got into a comfortable grove and was lapping right on the money with the leading pack.

He quickly disposed of yesterday’s fastman Michael Almond and was looming up one the next gaggle when he pushed just a little too hard and ran off the track at turn two.

Unfortunately the off was because of a punctured front right tyre that required a trip to the pits for a replacement.   The team elected to take a good look to ensure no other damaged was sustained when the tyre let go.

Vernon rejoined and went on to finish in 16th position.

“The car was wicked fast off the start” states a beaming Vernon.  “The launch control in these things are magic. It enabled me to whip around 3 on the first turn.  I hung wide in turn 4 and Morcom slipped back past.”

“We were truckin along real nice and matching the pace of the front runners only to push just that little bit too much.  I ran off the track due to a puncture.” Stated Vernon.

“After leaving the pits I just circulated to maximise my finishing position”.  “These things are great to drive and im sure those at the track and watching on TV were as impressed as I was” quipped Jimmy.

Tomorrow’s’ action resumes with race 2 at 1.15 and race 3 at 2.20.