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JOHNSON STREAK CONTINUES WITH FIRST WINTON WIN

May 19, 2018

STEVEN JOHNSON has won his fourth straight Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters series race, leading John Bowe in a straightforward battle for the lead in race seven of the year.

Starting from pole, Johnson led Bowe into turn one and was never headed across the 12-laps, though the pair were pushing hard out in front.

Johnson’s fastest lap was just 0.3 seconds behind Bowe’s Winton Raceway lap record as he edged away to a two-second lead for much of the race.

Bowe closed the margin in the closing laps but never looked to challenge the otherwise dominant WM Waste Team Johnson Mustang.

His fifth win of the year was also the first for a car with an engine bigger than five litres at Winton since 2014, when Tony Karanfilovski won in his similar Mustang.

Johnson’s win, coupled with his five bonus points for pole position, was the 24th of his TCM career (equalling Jim Richards tally for third on the all-time winners list) and closed the points margin to series leader Bowe down to just 30 markers.

Ryan Hansford had a lonely race to third in the Multispares Torana, while Adam Bressington had a similarly quiet run to fourth in his VDC / Whiteline Racing Camaro.

Bressington was tailed home by teammate King – the only dramas the yellow pair suffered was the lightest of contact between the pair on the opening lap rush through the first chicane.

The battle of the race was the one waged for sixth and seventh between Andrew Fisher and Cameron Tilley.

Though slightly faster, Tilley’s Valliant Pacer was unable to work his way past the Jesus Racing Falcon despite multiple attempts – the falcon better out of the corners and the Pacer quicker through them.

Their battle also dragged the ACDelco Torana of Bruce Williams into the mix.

Williams went down the inside of Tilley at turn three, the pair running side by side through the exit on the run to turn four.

With Tilley holding his ground with no road remaining on the outside, the two made contact, Williams spinning across the front of the blue Valliant and into the sand at turn four.

He quickly extracted himself and recovered to finish tenth behind Jason Gomersall and Tony Karanfilovski.

Outside the 10, a highlight included an entertaining battle between the Ford Escort RS of Nathan Geier and Rob Burns’ considerably more powerful HQ GTS – in it’s first TCM race.

Aaron McGill also completed his first TCM race as his XW GT Falcon made it’s first start from the back of the grid, running consistently to finish 16th.

Cameron Mason and Graham Crawford failed to finish – Mason’s Mustang cutting out with an electrical issue after 11 laps.

The Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters series continues on Sunday with races eight and nine of the 2018 championship.

Earlier, John Bowe charged from 19th to first in the Dometic Trophy Race on Saturday morning.

While other ProMasters runners took a more conservative approach, Bowe went all-out in the Wilson Security Torana and carved his way through the field.

Tony Karanfilovski led the race early from the outside of the front row, though he was soon passed by Jason Gomersall’s BigMate A9X Torana.

The pair held station at the front however were quickly chased down by Bowe as he stormed through the field, the five-time champion ultimately passing Gomersall with a bold move around the outside of turns three and four on the final lap.

Gomersall and Karanfilovski maintained their positions relative to each other in second and third, while Williams charged his way to fourth and Andrew Fisher fifth.

Jim Pollicina (Who broke a clutch in the series race later on), Ian Woodward, Graham Alexander, Mark King and Cameron Tilley completed the top-10 in another entertaining affair.

DOMETIC TROPHY RACE

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

1    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe                Holden Torana A9X               10    15:21.4208   8 1:29.2122*
2    35  Bigmate Racing                 Jason Gomersall          Holden Torana A9X Ha            10    15:23.0629   7 1:31.4234 
3    88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski       Ford Mustang Trans A            10    15:23.5303   6 1:31.2411 
4     5  ACDelco / Auto Action          Bruce Williams           Holden Torana SL/R 5            10    15:23.6869   8 1:30.5465 
5     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher            Ford Falcon XY GT HO            10    15:26.9835   9 1:30.3539 
6    27  MOCOMM Motorsport Communicatio Jim Pollicina            Holden Torana A9X               10    15:27.9654   7 1:31.4638 
7    69  Fataz Competition Engines      Ian Woodward             Chevrolet Camaro SS             10    15:33.5831   7 1:31.7832 
8    57  Graham Alexander               Graham Alexander         Chevrolet Camaro SS             10    15:36.7974  10 1:32.3946 
9    85  Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King                Chevrolet Camaro RS             10    15:37.1299   9 1:31.4684 
10   60  Glennan Transport / ANGLOMOIL  Cameron Tilley           Valiant Pacer                   10    15:40.8337  10 1:31.1125 
11    6  Multispares Racing             Ryan Hansford            Holden Torana SL/R 5            10    15:41.2419  10 1:30.2251 
12   17  WM Waste / Herrod Performance  Steve Johnson            Ford Mustang Fastbac            10    15:41.6309  10 1:30.1148 
13   95  Whiteline Racing / vdc.com.au  Adam Bressington         Chevrolet Camaro SS             10    15:42.4252  10 1:29.9310 
14   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin                Ford Boss Mustang               10    15:50.8346   6 1:31.8207 
15    4  Northern BM                    Nathan Geier             Ford Escort RS 1600             10    15:56.9304   5 1:34.1884 
16    3  F3 Motor Auctions              Cameron Mason            Ford Mustang Fastbac            10    15:58.6608  10 1:32.3014 
17    8  Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars      Rob Burns                Holden Monaro GTS               10    16:12.9481   6 1:34.9964 
18   11  Pitman Trucks / Halkin Develop Graham Crawford          Ford Falcon XA GT               10    16:16.0288   8 1:35.4447 
19   48  Rod Hotchkin                   Rod Hotchkin             Ford Falcon XY GT HO            10    16:18.7530   6 1:35.7329 
DNF  44  Brett Hotchkin                 Brett Hotchkin           Ford Falcon XY GT HO           

2018 RACE 7

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

1    17  WM Waste / Herrod Performance  Steve Johnson            Ford Mustang Fastbac            12    17:56.3410   4 1:28.3835*
2    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe                Holden Torana A9X               12    17:56.9015   3 1:28.7667 
3     6  Multispares Racing             Ryan Hansford            Holden Torana SL/R 5            12    18:09.4349   2 1:29.3730 
4    95  Whiteline Racing / vdc.com.au  Adam Bressington         Chevrolet Camaro SS             12    18:11.8025   2 1:29.8916 
5    85  Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King                Chevrolet Camaro RS             12    18:16.0470   2 1:30.4336 
6     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher            Ford Falcon XY GT HO            12    18:18.8325   3 1:30.3812 
7    60  Glennan Transport / ANGLOMOIL  Cameron Tilley           Valiant Pacer                   12    18:19.2833   4 1:30.3315 
8    35  Bigmate Racing                 Jason Gomersall          Holden Torana A9X Ha            12    18:22.1297   5 1:30.1996 
9    88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski       Ford Mustang Trans A            12    18:26.2262   7 1:31.0195 
10    5  ACDelco / Auto Action          Bruce Williams           Holden Torana SL/R 5            12    18:39.3562   6 1:30.6752 
11   69  Fataz Competition Engines      Ian Woodward             Chevrolet Camaro SS             12    18:42.6367   3 1:32.4848 
12   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin                Ford Boss Mustang               12    18:43.0524   6 1:31.6295 
13   57  Graham Alexander               Graham Alexander         Chevrolet Camaro SS             12    18:57.5483   4 1:32.4401 
14    8  Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars      Rob Burns                Holden Monaro GTS               12    19:06.2226   4 1:33.8729 
15    4  Northern BM                    Nathan Geier             Ford Escort RS 1600             12    19:07.5957   5 1:33.6978 
16   75  Ranger Lifting-Rigging-Safety  Aaron McGill             Ford Falcon XW GT               11    18:02.9811  11 1:36.1873 
17   48  Rod Hotchkin                   Rod Hotchkin             Ford Falcon XY GT HO            11    18:03.5827   2 1:36.9218 
18   44  Brett Hotchkin                 Brett Hotchkin           Ford Falcon XY GT HO            10    18:51.6202   8 1:50.1618 
DNF   3  F3 Motor Auctions              Cameron Mason            Ford Mustang Fastbac            11    17:03.6560   4 1:31.2857 
DNF  11  Pitman Trucks / Halkin Develop Graham Crawford          Ford Falcon XA GT               10    16:12.0727   2 1:36.0294 
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