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Bailey Sweeny and Will Brown tops TCR Australia opener practice sessions

Bailey Sweeny and Will Brown topped one practice session each as the 2023 TCR Australia season opener began at Symmons Plains.

HMO Customer Racing Hyundai driver Sweeny topped the first session with 55.925, albeit with Audi driver Brown just nine thousands of a second behind.

Zac Soutar made it two Audis in the top three but was further behind on pace, 0.505 seconds slower than Sweeny’s best time.

Garry Rogers Motorsport driver Ben Bargwanna was fastest of the Peugeot 308TCR drivers in fourth, 0.531 seconds from P1, with reigning champion Tony D’Alberto rounding off the top five, 0.569 seconds behind.

Melbourne Performance Centre driver Brown rose to the top for the second session, although with a slower time compared to the top time of the first session.

Brown topped the sheets with 56.082 and was 0.117 seconds faster than Sweeny.

Bargwanna climbed to third position, two tenths behind, with fellow Peugeot driver Aaron Cameron in fourth position.

Soutar rounded off the top five, 0.251 seconds from the top time.

A total of 13 cars took part in the practice sessions, although Carl Cox Motorsport driver Michael Clemente failed to set a lap time in the final session due to a technical issue.

Next up for the TCR Australia field is qualifying, starting at 13:20 AEDT tomorrow.