A last lap attempt to take the lead didn’t pay dividends for teenage TCR Australia Series sensation Jay Hanson, who was lucky to come away with only a bruised ego at Sandown.
Hanson threw his Audi RS 3 LMS to the inside of race leader Aaron Cameron on the final lap of a shortened SpeedSeries opener, losing control of his car on the run to Dandenong Road.
Fortunate not to have anyone nearby, the 18-year-old came across the road and slid through the grass before nestling between two barriers.
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Cameron, meanwhile, took avoiding action as he cast his Peugeot 308 wide of the corner, through the run-off, and carried on unabated to take the chequered flag first.
“Man, 10 out of 10 for having a go, and well done to Aaron Cameron too to read that coming,” said Stan Sport commentator Matt Naulty.
“Just kissed the fence. Highlight of the year right there. You did that in the car park one night, but that was insane.”
Hanson’s teammate Will Brown was gifted second place in the sister Audi while privateer Zac Soutar took third place in his Honda Civic Type R.
Hanson, meanwhile, failed to finish the race and joined Dylan O’Keeffe and Luke King as non-finishers.
“I went for a crack, didn’t pay off,” said Hanson.
“Unfortunately that’s what it is. In hindsight maybe I shouldn’t have went for that with the championship points.
“I went for the crack. I wanted the win, I really did want that win. I had so much speed out there.
“I haven’t had a look at the car yet. It looks nice and dirty, which isn’t good, so I guess I’ll be jumping on the rag and cleaning it up.
“I was following Cameron down the straight and then he wasn’t blocking completely so I’m like, ‘righto, he’s left a gap’ so I’m in there.
“I was straight in that gap. Unfortuantely we hit and that’s what caused me to spin.
“I’ve hit him, planted the throttle, tried to straighten the thing up, and next thing I was looking at was the fence.
“I was like ‘oh shit’ so I slammed on the brakes and luckily I think I just nipped the fence there at the end.”
The race’s conclusion came just as another deluge soddened the Sandown circuit and ended the day’s proceedings due to safety concerns.
Tony D’Alberto kept his series lead with a storming drive to fourth ahead of Josh Buchan, Michael Caruso, Jordan Cox, Bailey Sweeny, James Moffat and Ben Bargwanna.
Two races remain in the weekend for the series at Sandown on Sunday.
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