Adelaide 500

2018 Round 1 - March, Adelaide, South Australia

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TORANAS TOP EARLY NEWCASTLE PRACTICE

Nov 24, 2017

A 20-MINUTE introduction to the streets of Newcastle has set the scene for a highly competitive final round of the 2017 Touring Car Masters series this weekend.

Friday’s sole hit-out saw a drama-free session completed without incident, Holden Torana SL/R 5000 driver Ryan Hansford setting the benchmark with a 1m19.1805s lap.

He was 0.34 seconds faster than Adam Bressington’s Chevrolet Camaro, the Whiteline Racing driver coming out of the blocks strong in his pursuit of a TCM title this weekend.

Bressington sits just 25 points behind series leader John Bowe and 20 behind Steve Johnson in second.

He also comfortably leads the ProAm division driver standings and while having one eye on the outright title this weekend, will also be keen to seal his class championship with a trouble-free weekend.

Bowe and Johnson were third and fourth, respectively, split by just 0.1 seconds as has been the case for much of the season.

Returning two-time TCM champion Gavin Bullas was fifth fastest, surviving a trip up the escape road at turn one to lap just 1.2 seconds slower than Hansford’s benchmark.

The rebuilt BigMate Racing Torana of Jason Gomersall was sixth, while the six-cylinder Valliant Pacer of Cameron Tilley was a strong seventh.



Though physically large, the lighter, nimble Valliant has always performed well on street circuits with the North Sydney-based driver keen for a strong result this weekend.

Tony Karanfilovski was eighth in his Ford Mustang, Bruce Williams ninth in the ACDelco Torana and Andrew Fisher – who had set the fastest time early in the session – completed the top-10.

Home-town hero Cameron Mason was 12th in the Shelby Mustang has he ran in a new engine ahead of his local campaign.

On his TCM debut, Jamie Tilley finished practice one position ahead of his race-winning father, Brad, the pair in 14th and 15th, respectively.

All 24 cars completed the session with all bar four of them completing more than 10 valuable laps.

Saturday will be a busier day for the TCM grid with practice early in the morning to be followed by qualifying just before lunch.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS: NEWCASTLE

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

1     6  Multispares Racing             Ryan Hansford (QLD)      Holden Torana SL R                13    10 1:19.1805R 
2    95  Whiteline Racing / Fabre Austr Adam Bressington (NSW)   Chevrolet Camaro SS               10     6 1:19.5265  0:00.3460
3    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe (VIC)          Holden Torana SL R                13     7 1:20.0245  0:00.8440
4    17  WM Waste / Illusion Gas Log Fi Steve Johnson (QLD)      Ford Mustang Fastbac               8     7 1:20.1520  0:00.9715
5    16  Carne Grill / Precinct Bar     Gavin Bullas (VIC)       Ford Mustang Fastbac              12    11 1:20.4690  0:01.2885
6    35  Bigmate Racing                 Jason Gomersall (QLD)    Holden Torana A X Ha              13    11 1:20.5327  0:01.3522
7    60  Glennan Transport/ANGLOMOIL Lu Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer                     13    13 1:20.6002  0:01.4197
8    88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A              11    10 1:20.7623  0:01.5818
9     5  ACDelco                        Bruce Williams (VIC)     Holden Torana SL R                12     8 1:20.8093  0:01.6288
10    9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      Ford Falcon XY GT HO              12     4 1:20.8622  0:01.6817
11   72  GFR Industries                 Geoff Fane (QLD)         Chevrolet Camaro SS               12    10 1:22.1725  0:02.9920
12    3  F3 Motor Auctions / Lucky's Ho Cameron Mason (NSW)      Ford Mustang Fastbac              10     6 1:22.5030  0:03.3225
13   97  Johns Furniture Removals       Allen Boughen (QLD)      Mercury Comet                      9     6 1:22.5833  0:03.4028
14   29  Burrells Soils & Sand / Brad T Jamie Tilley (NSW)       Ford Mustang Coupe                12    10 1:22.6573  0:03.4768
15   28  Speedgas / Brad Tilley Auto Ga Brad Tilley (NSW)        Ford Falcon XY GT HO              12    11 1:22.7181  0:03.5376
16   74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer (VIC)       Ford Falcon XY GT HO              11     8 1:23.2086  0:04.0281
17   85  Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King (QLD)          Holden Monaro GTS Co               7     4 1:23.2668  0:04.0863
18   65  Cannon Trailers                Michael Cannon (QLD)     Ford Falcon XY GT HO              12    11 1:23.2845  0:04.1040
19    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       Ford Mustang Fastbac              11     7 1:23.8556  0:04.6751
20   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Ford Boss Mustang                 10     9 1:24.4095  0:05.2290
21   19  Tincone Industrial Services    Darren Beale (QLD)       Holden Monaro GTS Co              12     7 1:24.8478  0:05.6673
22    2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       Ford Falcon Sprint                 7     5 1:26.1893  0:07.0088
23   27  MOCOMM Motorsport Communicatio Jim Policina (NSW)       Holden Monaro GTS Co              11    11 1:26.4232  0:07.2427
24    7  Wisely Motorsport              Bob Wisely (QLD)         Holden Torana A X                 10     6 1:34.7303  0:15.5498
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