Adelaide 500

2019 Round 1, Adelaide, South Australia

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JOHNSON ON TOP IN TRICKY WINTON QUALIFYING

May 18, 2018

STEVEN JOHNSON has scored his second Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters pole position of the 2018 season, beating old rival John Bowe to the top spot in tricky Winton conditions today.

Johnson’s 1m29.08s lap came on his fourth of four flyers and was good enough to best Bowe by 0.6 seconds, though it wasn’t quite as simple as that.

Earlier persistent rain had left the track sodden for much of the morning, only stopping within the hour prior to qualifying commencing.

As such the circuit was continuing to improve throughout the 20-minute session; Johnson banking his time late before then sitting nervously in pit lane for the last six minutes as he watched to see if anyone could best his time.

They didn’t – Bowe also relegated to the lane when his car broke an exhaust during the session.

“I waited at the end there just waiting to see what JB would do and if he would pull another last-ditch flyer,” Johnson said.

“I had a small lockup on my last lap so I wanted to pit and check that out and we decided to wait.

“It was pretty dicey out there and if you put a wheel off line it was really slippery. It was a challenging session but the result in the end was pretty good.”

It was the ninth time that Johnson and Bowe - or Bowe and Johnson - have shared the top two spots in qualifying since competing head to head in TCM for the first time in 2015. Johnson has the edge between the pair too, with five poles to Bowe's four when the pair get on the front row.

Ryan Hansford got to within 0.1 seconds of a front-row berth in the Multispares Torana, ultimately having to settle for third place but well within contention with the championship leaders.

Adam Bressington will start race seven of the championship from fourth place, improving rapidly across the session to put his VDC / Whiteline Racing Camaro on the second row.

It was a strong rebound for Bressington after battling an issue that restricted his Camaro to seven cylinders in the earlier practice session.

His teammate Mark King was fifth, just 0.5 seconds behind Bressington in a strong day for the Adelaide team.

Cameron Tilley saved his best to last, climbing from outside the top-10 to sixth position on his 10th and final lap of the session.

Tilley was amongst the last cars across the line in the session, jumping up the order well after the chequered flag to rocket up the order.

Andrew Fisher was another late improver, with the Jesus Falcon ending up seventh.

Cameron Mason qualified eighth but was unable to take advantage of the improving conditions at the end of the session when his car broke a diff pinion seal and dumped oil on the circuit. The car will be fixed for tomorrow.

The Holden Torana’s of Bruce Williams and Jim Pollicina completed the top-10, while last year’s Winton polesitter Jason Gomersall just missed the top-10 after a difficult session.

Tony Karanfilovski, Graham Alexander, Ian Woodward, Blu Cannon, Nathan Geier, Graham Crawford, Rod Hotchkin, Leo Tobin, Brett Hotchkin and Rob Burns completed the order – the latter only completing one lap in the session before pitting with mechanical issues on his brand-new HQ GTS.

Earlier in the day, torrentially wet conditions greeted the field for the sole practice session, also topped by Johnson.

Hansford was second, with Bowe, Gomersall and Karanfilovski completing the top five in the rain.

Dry conditions are expected to continue for the remainder of the weekend.

Racing commences at Winton on Saturday with the Dometic Trophy Race at 11:30am on Saturday morning.

Race Seven in the championship will be held later in the afternoon at 2:10pm, with races eight and nine to be held on Sunday. All races will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 506.

QUALIFYING:

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

1    17  WM Waste / Herrod Performance  Steve Johnson            Ford Mustang Fastbac               4     4 1:29.0827* 
2    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe                Holden Torana A9X                  6     5 1:29.6859  0:00.6032
3     6  Multispares Racing             Ryan Hansford            Holden Torana SL/R 5               9     6 1:29.7847  0:00.7020
4    95  Whiteline Racing / vdc.com.au  Adam Bressington         Chevrolet Camaro SS                9     7 1:30.3955  0:01.3128
5    85  Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King                Chevrolet Camaro RS                6     6 1:31.0220  0:01.9393
6    60  Glennan Transport / ANGLOMOIL  Cameron Tilley           Valiant Pacer                     10    10 1:31.9622  0:02.8795
7     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher            Ford Falcon XY GT HO               6     3 1:32.9039  0:03.8212
8     3  F3 Motor Auctions              Cameron Mason            Ford Mustang Fastbac               7     7 1:33.0443  0:03.9616
9     5  ACDelco / Auto Action          Bruce Williams           Holden Torana SL/R 5              10     4 1:33.3831  0:04.3004
10   27  MOCOMM Motorsport Communicatio Jim Pollicina            Holden Torana A9X                  8     5 1:33.7112  0:04.6285
11   35  Bigmate Racing                 Jason Gomersall          Holden Torana A9X Ha               8     4 1:33.8900  0:04.8073
12   88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski       Ford Mustang Trans A               9     9 1:34.4358  0:05.3531
13   57  Graham Alexander               Graham Alexander         Chevrolet Camaro SS                9     9 1:35.1879  0:06.1052
14   69  Fataz Competition Engines      Ian Woodward             Chevrolet Camaro SS                6     5 1:35.6628  0:06.5801
15   65  Cannon Trailers                Blu Cannon               Ford Falcon XY GT HO               6     3 1:36.3711  0:07.2884
16    4  Northern BM                    Nathan Geier             Ford Escort RS 1600                7     7 1:36.4627  0:07.3800
17   11  Pitman Trucks / Halkin Develop Graham Crawford          Ford Falcon XA GT                 11     4 1:37.1917  0:08.1090
18   48  Rod Hotchkin                   Rod Hotchkin             Ford Falcon XY GT HO               4     4 1:38.2676  0:09.1849
19   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin                Ford Boss Mustang                  8     7 1:38.8569  0:09.7742
20   44  Brett Hotchkin                 Brett Hotchkin           Ford Falcon XY GT HO               5     3 1:57.7977  0:28.7150
21    8  Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars      Rob Burns                Holden Monaro GTS                  2     1 6:05.9206  4:36.8379

PRACTICE: 

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

1    17  WM Waste / Herrod Performance  Steve Johnson            Ford Mustang Fastbac               5     5 1:47.7939* 
2     6  Multispares Racing             Ryan Hansford            Holden Torana SL/R 5               8     8 1:47.8998  0:00.1059
3    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe                Holden Torana A9X                  6     5 1:47.9203  0:00.1264
4    35  Bigmate Racing                 Jason Gomersall          Holden Torana A9X Ha               7     7 1:49.5985  0:01.8046
5    88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski       Ford Mustang Trans A               7     7 1:49.9648  0:02.1709
6    85  Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King                Chevrolet Camaro RS                6     5 1:50.8837  0:03.0898
7    27  MOCOMM Motorsport Communicatio Jim Pollicina            Holden Torana A9X                  7     7 1:51.5366  0:03.7427
8     8  Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars      Rob Burns                Holden Monaro GTS                  7     6 1:52.9318  0:05.1379
9     5  ACDelco / Auto Action          Bruce Williams           Holden Torana SL/R 5               7     6 1:52.9996  0:05.2057
10    3  F3 Motor Auctions              Cameron Mason            Ford Mustang Fastbac               6     6 1:53.1627  0:05.3688
11    9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher            Ford Falcon XY GT HO               7     7 1:53.2938  0:05.4999
12   57  Graham Alexander               Graham Alexander         Chevrolet Camaro SS                8     8 1:53.4865  0:05.6926
13   95  Whiteline Racing / vdc.com.au  Adam Bressington         Chevrolet Camaro SS                4     4 1:53.5660  0:05.7721
14    4  Northern BM                    Nathan Geier             Ford Escort RS 1600                8     7 1:54.9225  0:07.1286
15   65  Cannon Trailers                Blu Cannon               Ford Falcon XY GT HO               8     8 1:56.1882  0:08.3943
16   48  Rod Hotchkin                   Rod Hotchkin             Ford Falcon XY GT HO               7     7 1:58.1158  0:10.3219
17   69  Fataz Competition Engines      Ian Woodward             Chevrolet Camaro SS                6     5 2:00.3176  0:12.5237
18   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin                Ford Boss Mustang                  1     1 2:01.8120  0:14.0181
19   11  Pitman Trucks / Halkin Develop Graham Crawford          Ford Falcon XA GT                  4     4 2:02.3149  0:14.5210
20   44  Brett Hotchkin                 Brett Hotchkin           Ford Falcon XY GT HO               1     1 2:10.6055  0:22.8116
21   60  Glennan Transport / ANGLOMOIL  Cameron Tilley           Valiant Pacer                      1   

 

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