Newcastle 500

2017 Round 7 - November 24 - 26, Newcastle, NSW

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GARWOOD GETS THE TROPHY AGAIN!

Jul 29, 2017

ADAM GARWOOD has rebounded from qualifying dramas to score his third Touring Car Masters victory following a remarkable Dometic Trophy Race today at Queensland Raceway.

The Tasmanian only completed one lap in qualifying before his gearbox broke, however once again the young rising star was able to take advantage of a top-10 starting position in the reverse-grid affair to charge through the field.

A late pass on Cameron Mason saw him jump to the lead, before he fended off local TransAm racer Shannon O’Brien on the final lap to record his third win in the TCM trophy race and his second this year.

O’Brien was a star performer and charged through the field, challenging Garwood for the lead with a bold outside move at turn three on the final lap.

Unfortunately, the Queenslander locked his rear brakes and fired off the road and into the gravel – ending his race.

The TransAm regular had, however, starred during the race with stunning car control and some remarkable moves as he cut his way to the lead of the race.

Garwood ultimately won by just under two seconds, with Mason a season-best second and Adam Bressington third, having started 14th.

John Bowe and Steve Johnson stormed their way from the last row of the grid to finish fourth and fifth, with Ryan Hansford sixth.

Leo Tobin, Jason Gomersall, Rusty French and Cameron Tilley completed the top-10.

The race started with high drama, as Bruce Williams crashed out of the race heavily at turn two.

Darren Beale had spun in front of the field exiting the right-hander, causing the field to check up behind.

As Abelnica moved across the road he hit Williams, the contact braking the Torana's steering arm and spearing his car off the road heavily into the concrete barrier on the exit of the corner.

Williams emerged unscathed from his ACDelco Torana, while Abelnica was forced to pit with a damaged tyre.

For the Falcon driver, a second failure caused by rubbing rear bodywork saw the car out of the race.

Keith Kassulke ran strongly in the top-10 early in the race however was also forced out with a broken throttle.

Earlier in qualifying, John Bowe edged out Steve Johnson for pole position for the first of tomorrow’s two championship races – though he had to work for it.

A run late in the session saw the Wilson Security / Payce Torana edge Johnson’s Mustang out for the top spot by a scant 0.0364s, the fourth closest margin in the history of the category.

While the famous pair will race from the front row tomorrow, a competitive pack will line upj just behind them, with just eight-tenths of a second covering the next two rows of the grid.

Eddie Abelnica will start third and Jason Gomersall fourth, while Ryan Hansford and Tony Karanfilovski will fill the third row.

Whiteline Racing duo Adam Bressington and Mark King were next, with Keith Kassulke and Bruce Williams rounding out the top-10.

Adam Garwood’s Torana broke a gearbox on its second lap of the session, relegating the young Tasmanian to the back of the grid for race two.

The field will regroup tomorrow for the pair of championship races, both to be shown live on FOX Sports 506.

DOMETIC TROPHY RACE - QUEENSLAND RACEWAY

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Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL Laps     Race.Time Fastest...Lap

1    12  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood (TAS)       Holden Torana SL/R   5047       10    16:52.7618   7 1:17.4306 
2     3  Hercules Engines               Cameron Mason (NSW)      Ford Mustang Fastbac 5000       10    16:54.3039   5 1:18.6020 
3    95  Whiteline Racing / Fabre Austr Adam Bressington (NSW)   Mercury Camaro SS    5800       10    16:55.9348   8 1:18.1248 
4    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe (VIC)          Holden Torana SL/R   5047       10    16:56.4633   8 1:17.0795*
5    17  WM Waste / Illusion Gas Log Fi Steve Johnson (QLD)      Ford Mustang Fast    5800       10    17:00.5060   9 1:17.9847 
6     6  Multispares Racing             Ryan Hansford (QLD)      Holden Torana SL/R   5000       10    17:02.0087  10 1:17.8996 
7    46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Ford Boss Mustang    5000       10    17:05.7971   4 1:19.3896 
8    35  Bigmate Racing                 Jason Gomersall (QLD)    HOLDEN Torana A9X    5000       10    17:06.1318   4 1:18.4345 
9     4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       Ford Mustang Fast    5800       10    17:07.2495   4 1:19.0386 
10   60  Glennan Transport / ANGLOMOIL  Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390       10    17:07.5641   9 1:19.2166 
11   72  GFR Industries                 Geoff Fane (QLD)         Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800       10    17:07.9836   9 1:19.7249 
12   88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang TransAm 5800       10    17:08.5975   5 1:18.2090 
13   97  John's Furniture Removals      Allen Boughen (QLD)      Mercury Comet        5000       10    17:10.4581   9 1:20.8847 
14   85  Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King (QLD)          Holden Monaro GTS    5800       10    17:10.6314   5 1:19.0409 
15    7  Wisely Motorsport              Bob Wisely (QLD)         Ford Torana SL/R 500 5000       10    17:30.8212   6 1:21.5347 
16   19  Tincone Industrial Services    Darren Beale (QLD)       Holden Monaro GTS    5800       10    17:34.6247   4 1:21.9403 
DNF  26  Wanna Burger                   Shannon O'Brien (QLD)    Ford Firebird Trans  5800        9    15:33.9756   7 1:17.2681 
DNF  52  Outbound Racing / wheels.com.p Keith Kassulke (QLD)     Holden Monaro GTS C  5800        7    13:03.0742   6 1:18.4566 
DNF  48  Brisbanes Cheapest Cars        Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     Ford Falcon XB Co    5800        4     9:12.9433   4 1:17.8846 
DNF   5  ACDelco                        Bruce Williams (VIC)     Holden Torana SL/R   5000      
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