Sandown 500

2017 Round 5 - September 15-17, Sandown, VIC

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BOWE RACES TO 90TH WIN

Jul 30, 2017

JOHN BOWE has won his 90th Touring Car Masters Series race, storming from pole position to win at Queensland Raceway for the ninth time.

The Wilson Security / PAYCE Holden Torana driver withstood a challenge from Steve Johnson at turn one to lead from lights-to-flag in another commanding performance.

Bowe also re-set the TCM Queensland Raceway lap record on the fifth of twelve laps, his 1m16.39s lap undercutting his old benchmark by 0.1 seconds.

Johnson started from the outside of the front row and made the superior start, looking to lead into turn one – however his Mustang locked its inside front brake and understeered wide: allowing not only Bowe but Eddie Abelnica through into second place.

Johnson and Abelnica battled for second spot for the next two laps, running side-by-side through turns five and six in a terrific battle before the big Falcon was able to asset his position and hold on to second spot.

Johnson finished third, while Ryan Hansford held out Jason Gomersall for fourth place in a race-long battle between the pair of Holden Torana’s.

Adam Bressington scored solid championship points with sixth, but not before spending much of his race battling with Keith Kassulke.

Kassulke, a former TCM race and round winner, had held sixth for much of the race before spinning out of the position on the penultimate lap – handing the spot to Bressington.

Adam Garwood stormed from the back of the grid to finish an outstanding seventh; backing up his impressive victory yesterday in the Dometic TCM Trophy Race.

Tony Karanfilovski ran sixth early in the race before spinning on lap eight, ultimately dropping to eighth place.

Shannon O’Brien was another to back up his impressive performance yesterday, finishing ninth, while Cameron Tilley rounded out the top-10 in the Valliant Pacer.

The Anglomoil team had to replace a broken rocker in the car following dramas yesterday.

The race was run without major dramas, save for additional spins by Bob Wisely and Geoff Fane at turn two throughout the race.

Allen Boughen ran strongly in the Mercury Comet before his car seemed to suffer a driveline issue on the penultimate lap – failing to finish.

The final race will be contested at 1:20pm local time and will be shown live on FOX Sports 506.

RACE 2 RESULTS:

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

1    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe (VIC)          Holden Torana SL/R   5047       12    15:28.0065   5 1:16.3951R
2    48  Brisbanes Cheapest Cars        Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     Ford Falcon XB Co    5800       12    15:32.7126   6 1:16.7086 
3    17  WM Waste / Illusion Gas Log Fi Steve Johnson (QLD)      Ford Mustang Fast    5800       12    15:35.7033   4 1:16.7399 
4     6  Multispares Racing             Ryan Hansford (QLD)      Holden Torana SL/R   5000       12    15:40.1106   2 1:17.0706 
5    35  Bigmate Racing                 Jason Gomersall (QLD)    HOLDEN Torana A9X    5000       12    15:42.0938   3 1:17.1839 
6    95  Whiteline Racing / Fabre Austr Adam Bressington (NSW)   Mercury Camaro SS    5800       12    15:46.4416   5 1:17.5555 
7    12  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood (TAS)       Holden Torana SL/R   5047       12    15:50.9242   9 1:17.6621 
8    88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang TransAm 5800       12    15:54.4618   3 1:17.6095 
9    26  Wanna Burger                   Shannon O'Brien (QLD)    Ford Firebird Trans  5800       12    15:56.8795   8 1:18.4007 
10   60  Glennan Transport / ANGLOMOIL  Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390       12    15:57.4527   8 1:18.4437 
11   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Ford Boss Mustang    5000       12    16:00.6704   4 1:18.5476 
12    3  Hercules Engines               Cameron Mason (NSW)      Ford Mustang Fastbac 5000       12    16:01.0717   8 1:18.7488 
13   52  Outbound Racing / wheels.com.p Keith Kassulke (QLD)     Holden Monaro GTS C  5800       12    16:07.0104   6 1:18.0138 
14    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       Ford Mustang Fast    5800       12    16:09.3695   8 1:19.3225 
15   19  Tincone Industrial Services    Darren Beale (QLD)       Holden Monaro GTS    5800       12    16:44.0576   6 1:22.0752 
16   72  GFR Industries                 Geoff Fane (QLD)         Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800       12    16:44.8244   8 1:19.3988 
17    7  Wisely Motorsport              Bob Wisely (QLD)         Ford Torana SL/R 500 5000       12    16:50.0982   9 1:20.8191 
DNF  97  John's Furniture Removals      Allen Boughen (QLD)      Mercury Comet        5000       10    13:38.9105   5 1:20.2161 
DNF  85  Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King (QLD)          Holden Monaro GTS    5800        9    11:59.5504   9 1:18.2829 
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