SETON BEATS JOHNSON FOR QR POLE
Jul 26, 2019
FOR THE FIRST time in Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters history, a second-generation driver has scored pole position.
Aaron Seton, the son of former TCM winner Glenn, charged to his maiden TCM pole position today at Queensland Raceway – smashing the existing record by nearly a second to break Steven Johnson’s stranglehold on the top spot this season.
Seton’s stunning 1m15.0214s flyer was 0.3s quicker than Johnson, who will start the 10th championship race of the season from the outside of the front row on Saturday morning.
There were more surprises behind the pair of Mustangs, too, with Rob Hackwood posting a stunning performance to place the Wellpro Racing Pontiac Firebird third – another career-best performance on his home circuit.
Hackwood was just 0.2 seconds behind Johnson, and in-turn was 0.1s quicker than John Bowe’s Holden Torana.
Ryal Harris made it four Queenslanders – Bowe the only interloper – in the top five while Adam Garwood continued his strong run with Whiteline Racing to qualify sixth.
The remainder of the top-10 was completed by Ryan Hansford, Jason Gomersall, Jim Pollicina and Adam Bressington.
Andrew Fisher completed just two laps in qualifying after a fuel pressure issue forced him to pit lane early in qualifying.
The first race of the weekend will be the Dometic Trophy Race, the top half of the field to be reversed and sent to the back of the grid for the first competitive outing this weekend.
The race commences at 3:40pm this afternoon and will be shown live on FOX Sports 506 and Kayo Sports.
Two championship races on Saturday and Sunday’s finale complete the weekend.