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28 March 2015 | General

JOHNSON EDGES BULLAS FOR FIRST TCM POLE

STEVEN JOHNSON continued his impressive ENZED Touring Car Masters debut this morning by taking pole position and the lap record at Symmons Plains.

On a cool dry track Johnson picked up where he left off in practice yesterday – jumping to the top of the timesheets on his first timed lap.

Johnson would not be surpassed for the remainder of the session with his 56.51s lap two tenths underneath John Bowe’s existing lap record set during the category’s last visit to Symmons Plains in 2010.

The result also extended ‘Mustang Sally’s’ impressive pole-position streak stretching back to Bathurst in 2013.

Gavin Bullas made it an all-Mustang front row for race one with his all-out effort just under half a second shy of Johnson.

Tasmania’s Greg Crick rounded out the top 3 having appeared to be Johnson’s closest competition for the majority of practice and the 20-minute shootout.

Eddie Abelnica ended up 4th in his Falcon XB Coupe whilst Mark King completed the top-5.

Jim Richards experienced throttle issues throughout the session and will start from the rear of the field in his Shannons Insurance AMC Javelin.

Championship-leader Andrew Miedecke was not seen in qualifying after the team heard a noise in the engine whilst warming up. The team is currently changing the engine and hopes to be on track for race one.

The opening race of the Shannons Tasmania Tourist Trophy gets underway at 11.50am local time and will be broadcast live on FOX Motorsport – Channel 506.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL   Laps   Fastest...Lap        Gap1    18  Dunlop Super Dealers/Wilson Se Steven Johnson (QLD)     Mustang Trans Am     5800          5     5 0:56.5122R 2    16  Rain City Industries/Prodrive  Gavin Bullas (VIC)       Ford Boss Mustang    5800         11    11 0:56.9639  0:00.45173    75  Mopar Performance              Greg Crick (TAS)         Chrysler Charger E55 5570          9     9 0:57.1689  0:00.65674    48  Melbournes Cheapest Cars       Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     Falcon XB Coupe      5800         14    14 0:57.4817  0:00.96955    85  Whiteline Transport Racing / K Mark King (QLD)          Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800         10     9 0:57.5001  0:00.98796    56  Autolite Spark Plugs           Brett Youlden (VIC)      HQ Monaro Coupe      5800         16    11 0:57.5248  0:01.01267    30  Thunder Road Racing Australia  Glenn Seton (QLD)        Ford Mustang Coupe   5000         13    10 0:57.5425  0:01.03038    88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Mustang Trans Am     5800         16    13 0:57.6331  0:01.12099    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    Torana SL/R 5000     5047         17    16 0:57.6626  0:01.150410   52  Outbound Racing / wheels.com.p Keith Kassulke (QLD)     Falcon XB Coupe      5800         12     9 0:57.6668  0:01.154611   60  Glennan's Transport            Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390         11    10 0:57.7793  0:01.267112    9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      Falcon XY GTHO       5800         13    12 0:57.9447  0:01.432513   25  Freestones Transport/Freestone Paul Freestone (VIC)     Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800         16    16 0:58.8183  0:02.306114   10  Sunliner RV                    Tony Hunter (VIC)        Chevrolet Monza 2+2  5000         14    12 0:59.1666  0:02.654415    7  Mick Webb's SVO / calga.biz    Bill Pye (NSW)           Chevrolet Camaro     5800         13    12 0:59.3433  0:02.831116   20  Palmer Promotions              Ian Palmer (QLD)         Pontiac Trans-Am     5800         12     4 0:59.6554  0:03.143217   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Ford Boss Mustang    5000         11    10 0:59.7671  0:03.254918   74  Mick Webb's SVO / Lyndways Bui Wayne Mercer (VIC)       Falcon XY GTHO       5800         12    12 1:00.2418  0:03.729619   11  Lion Mill Solutions/Ultra Perf Tony Edwards (VIC)       Ford Falcon XA GT    5768          8     6 1:01.2470  0:04.734820    5  Light Car Club of Tasmania     John Talbot (TAS)        Ford Mustang Coupe   4992          6     5 1:01.3593  0:04.847121   38  Shearwater Storage/Penrite Oil Leon Bell (TAS)          HQ Monaro Coupe      5800          9     7 1:01.5083  0:04.996122   72  BMR Industries                 Bruce McLeod (NT)        Falcon XA Superbird  5550         10    10 1:03.3803  0:06.868123    2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       AMC Javelin          5890          6     3 1:08.0639  0:11.5517