Bathurst 1000

2018 Round 7 - October 4-7, NSW

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JOHNSON SEALS TOP END FOUR-PEAT

Jun 17, 2018

STEVEN JOHNSON has claimed his own slice of Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters history, sweeping round four of the championship at Hidden Valley to become the first driver to win four consecutive rounds at the same venue.

The WM Waste Management Ford Mustang driver claimed the Shannons Thunder in the Valley event with a strong performance across the eleventh and twelfth races of the season to win the Darwin event for the fourth straight year.

Johnson won race 11 of the year on Sunday morning and then followed Bowe home in the finale’ to take the round overall, with Chevrolet Camaro driver Adam Bressington second overall and Bowe third.

It’s the first time any driver has won four consecutive rounds at any venue currently or previously on the TCM schedule.

It also ensures Johnson – the defending champion – takes a handy points lead into the next round of the series in Townsville later in July.

Competition was thick throughout the field with Ian Woodward wining his first ProSports round in his FatAz Racing Camaro, Leo Tobin and Jim Pollicina completing the class podium.

Bruce Williams, meanwhile, capped off a strong weekend by taking the ProAm class victory aboard the AC Delco Torana.

Andrew Fisher and Cameron Tilley completed the podium, while Johnson’s ProMasters victory came ahead of Adam Bressington and John Bowe.

Johnson won race 11 of the series with a measured drive to win early on Sunday afternoon, while Bowe stormed to second place between his old rival.

A storming first corner pass saw Bowe third half-way through the opening lap, before he quickly passed Adam Bressington for second.

He gradually closed the margin to Johnson in the closing laps however was unable to really challenge the eventual winner.

Nevertheless it was a superb comeback drive from the former champion after damage on Saturday limited him to a finish further down the field – and a late night repair for his team.

Bressington finished third while Jim Richards was fourth to continue his strong weekend.

Mark King was a superb fifth, working his way through the field after damage yesterday.

King was part of a multi-car battle that included Andrew Fisher, Jason Gomersall, Bruce Williams, Cameron Tilley and Ian Woodward.

A particular highlight was Williams passing Woodward in an exchange that lasted several corners of clean, hard TCM racing.

Race 12 saw Johnson and Bowe lead the field into the first corner, Bowe again committing to the outside and grabbing the lead away from Johnson.

He pushed hard early in the race to establish a handy, if narrow margin, and ultimately edged away to win by just under eight seconds.

Johnson finished a safe second in the knowledge that he didn’t need to win the race to take the overall round trophy.

Bressington finished third after he passed Jim Richards for the position late in the race.

The Touring Car legend had held the top three spot for the opening laps but the slightest of moments at turn one saw Bressington, and his Camaro driving teammate Mark King, pounce late in the race.

Behind Richards, Jason Gomersall, Andrew Fisher, Bruce Williams, Cameron Tilley and Ian Woodward completed the top-10 in the final race of the weekend.

Having trailed Bowe by five points coming into the weekend, Johnson now takes a 21-point series lead into the next round of the series, to be held for the first time alongside the Watpac Townsville 400 in early July.

Adam Bressington moves to third while Cameron Tilley is fourth and also leads the ProAm standings.

Leo Tobin holds a small lead over Jim Pollicina in the ProSports standings ahead of the Townsville event.

OUTRIGHT STANDINGS – (After 4 of 8 Rounds)

  1. Steven Johnson 804
  2. John Bowe 783
  3. Adam Bressington 647
  4. Cameron Tilley 615
  5. Jason Gomersall 600
  6. Mark King 532
  7. Leo Tobin 462
  8. Ryan Hansford 442
  9. Jim Pollicina 426
  10. Andrew Fisher 403

RACE 11 RESULTS

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

1    17  WM Waste/Illusion Gas Log Fire Steve Johnson (QLD)      Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800       10    12:26.0794   2 1:13.2546R
2    18  Wilson Security/PAYCE          John Bowe (VIC)          Holden Torana SL/R 5 5000       10    12:26.5080   2 1:13.7591 
3    95  Whiteline Racing/Fabre Austral Adam Bressington (NSW)   Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800       10    12:35.5916   2 1:14.4329 
4     2  SHANNONS Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       Ford Falcon Sprint   5000       10    12:38.4181   5 1:14.9834 
5    85  Whiteline Racing/King Springs  Mark King (QLD)          Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800       10    12:40.3619   9 1:14.7234 
6     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      Ford Falcon XY GT HO 5800       10    12:41.6504   4 1:14.5759 
7    35  Bigmate Racing                 Jason Gomersall (QLD)    Holden Torana A9X    5000       10    12:41.6947   7 1:14.5864 
8     5  ACDelco                        Bruce Williams (VIC)     Holden Torana SL/R 5 5000       10    12:48.9875   2 1:15.3765 
9    60  Glennan Transport/ANGLOMOIL Lu Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390       10    12:49.4447   4 1:15.5317 
10   69  Fataz Competition Engines      Ian Woodward (QLD)       Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800       10    12:52.0935   9 1:15.9129 
11   88  TIFS-Warehousing & Distributio Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 5800       10    12:56.3795   4 1:15.6823 
12   27  MOCOMM Motorsport Communicatio Jim Policina (NSW)       Holden Torana A9X    5000       10    12:58.8800   2 1:15.2266 
13   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Ford Boss Mustang    5000       10    13:26.8123   4 1:15.5990 
DNF  97  Johns Furniture Removals       Allen Boughen (QLD)      Mercury Comet        4736        6    12:46.9191   4 1:16.9723 
DNF   3  Lake Macquarie Sheet Metal/Tor Cameron Mason (NSW)      Ford Mustang Fastbac 5000        2     2:36.9638   2 1:15.3811 
DNF  99  Balmain Coffee Company         Ben Dunn (NSW)           Chevrolet Monza 2 +  6000        2     2:42.9143   2 1:16.5449 

RACE 12 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 5 5000       10    12:29.9302   2 1:13.9488*
2    17  WM Waste/Illusion Gas Log Fire Steve Johnson (QLD)      Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800       10    12:37.8918   2 1:14.4036 
3    95  Whiteline Racing/Fabre Austral Adam Bressington (NSW)   Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800       10    12:39.2701   7 1:14.8357 
4    85  Whiteline Racing/King Springs  Mark King (QLD)          Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800       10    12:39.9317   7 1:14.8125 
5     2  SHANNONS Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       Ford Falcon Sprint   5000       10    12:41.8748   2 1:15.1401 
6    35  Bigmate Racing                 Jason Gomersall (QLD)    Holden Torana A9X    5000       10    12:42.2494   4 1:14.8333 
7     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      Ford Falcon XY GT HO 5800       10    12:43.4027   2 1:15.0401 
8     5  ACDelco                        Bruce Williams (VIC)     Holden Torana SL/R 5 5000       10    12:44.1256   5 1:15.0346 
9    60  Glennan Transport/ANGLOMOIL Lu Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390       10    12:48.8238   6 1:15.6765 
10   69  Fataz Competition Engines      Ian Woodward (QLD)       Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800       10    12:51.6439   2 1:15.5573 
11   88  TIFS-Warehousing & Distributio Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 5800       10    12:52.4192   5 1:15.6597 
12   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Ford Boss Mustang    5000       10    13:05.2715   3 1:16.5945 
13   27  MOCOMM Motorsport Communicatio Jim Policina (NSW)       Holden Torana A9X    5000       10    13:35.4782   2 1:15.5663 
DNF  97  Johns Furniture Removals       Allen Boughen (QLD)      Mercury Comet        4736        4     8:30.4084   3 1:17.8348 
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