EDDIE WINS A THRILLER AT QR
Jul 30, 2017
EDDIE ABELNICA defeated Ryan Hansford in the Touring Car Masters best race of the year at Queensland Raceway, while the championship is all tied up heading into the business-end of the season.
John Bowe and Adam Bressington now stand tied at the top of the TCM overall standings, however it was the race three battle that was arguably the best moment of the weekend.
In a weekend that delivered three winners from three races, Abelnica and Hansford battled for the victory in the final race in a breathless duel that saw the pair side-by-side for much of the final two laps.
While the Falcon was quicker in the straights, the Torana was faster under brakes and through the corners – producing a thrilling race.
After crossing the line alongside each other on the penultimate lap, Abelnica got the best drive out of the final turn on the last lap end ended up edging out the Multispares Torana in a stunning race to the line.
It was Abelnica’s first win of the year, the sixth different winner of the 2017 season and his first win since Phillip Island last September.
Hansford’s second represented his best TCM result, while Steven Johnson edged out race two winner John Bowe for third place.
The pair had started from the front row, however Abelnica’s powerful start from second place – based on the finishing order of race two earlier in the day – saw him pull in front on the opening lap, Hansford following him through.
Johnson then also jumped the slow-starting Bowe, though the Torana quickly attached itself to the rear bumper of the Mustang and never left it for the remainder of the race.
Jason Gomersall, Adam Garwood, Adam Bressington, Shannon O’Brien, Leo Tobin and Mark King completed the top-10.
Gomersall, Bressington and Garwood in particular fought a feisty battle for fifth place that lasted a majority of the race.
The mixed results at Queensland Raceway this weekend saw a variety of different driver score trophies; Leo Tobin winning the ProSport class ahead of Darren Beale and Bob Wisely.
Hansford’s superb weekend in the Multispares Torana saw him seal ProAm over Adam Bressington and Adam Garwood, while Shannon O’Brien was the best of the locals in the Queensland TransAm series competition, edging out Geoff Fane.
John Bowe’s race two victory saw him beat Steve Johnson and Eddie Abelnica for the ProMasters round win.
With three rounds of the 2017 Touring Car Masters series remaining, Adam Bressington and John Bowe are now tied at the top of the overall standings, with 529 points apiece.
Johnson sits third (517) with Ryan Hansford (482) now fourth thanks to his strong weekend in the Multispares Torana.
Jason Gomersall has jumped to fifth place overall, with Garwood, Abelnica, Mason, King and Tilley rounding out the top-10.
The next round of the Touring Car Masters will see the series’ return to suburban Melbourne for the Sandown 500 in September.
RACE 3 RESULTS:
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pos Car Competitor/Team Driver Vehicle Cap CL Laps Race.Time Fastest...Lap 1 48 Brisbanes Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica (VIC) Ford Falcon XB Co 5800 12 15:40.9925 2 1:17.2516* 2 6 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford (QLD) Holden Torana SL/R 5000 12 15:41.5328 3 1:17.3623 3 17 WM Waste / Illusion Gas Log Fi Steve Johnson (QLD) Ford Mustang Fast 5800 12 15:48.0791 2 1:17.7445 4 18 Wilson Security / PAYCE John Bowe (VIC) Holden Torana SL/R 5047 12 15:48.4548 2 1:17.7190 5 35 Bigmate Racing Jason Gomersall (QLD) HOLDEN Torana A9X 5000 12 15:50.2452 2 1:17.8803 6 12 Giraffe Civil Contracting Adam Garwood (TAS) Holden Torana SL/R 5047 12 15:53.2135 3 1:17.9887 7 95 Whiteline Racing / Fabre Austr Adam Bressington (NSW) Mercury Camaro SS 5800 12 15:53.6342 3 1:17.9085 8 26 Wanna Burger Shannon O'Brien (QLD) Ford Firebird Trans 5800 12 16:01.2823 6 1:18.6806 9 46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin (VIC) Ford Boss Mustang 5000 12 16:05.8569 7 1:19.3726 10 85 Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King (QLD) Holden Monaro GTS 5800 12 16:06.5518 5 1:19.2172 11 52 Outbound Racing / wheels.com.p Keith Kassulke (QLD) Holden Monaro GTS C 5800 12 16:07.2015 5 1:19.1235 12 88 TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang TransAm 5800 12 16:07.6298 5 1:19.2884 13 4 Skye Sands Rusty French (VIC) Ford Mustang Fast 5800 12 16:08.0522 2 1:19.4355 14 72 GFR Industries Geoff Fane (QLD) Chevrolet Camaro SS 5800 12 16:30.1793 3 1:19.9089 15 97 John's Furniture Removals Allen Boughen (QLD) Mercury Comet 5000 12 16:30.6989 6 1:20.0659 16 3 Hercules Engines Cameron Mason (NSW) Ford Mustang Fastbac 5000 12 16:35.9148 6 1:19.9994 17 7 Wisely Motorsport Bob Wisely (QLD) Ford Torana SL/R 500 5000 12 16:38.8486 11 1:21.2675 18 19 Tincone Industrial Services Darren Beale (QLD) Holden Monaro GTS 5800 12 16:44.3516 11 1:21.3394 DNF 60 Glennan Transport / ANGLOMOIL Cameron Tilley (NSW) Valiant Pacer 4390 10 13:21.9962 7 1:18.9364Return