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21 June 2015 | General

MIEDECKE HITS THE FRONT AS JOHNSON AND BOWE TRADE WINS IN DARWIN TCM THRILLER

AS STEVEN JOHNSON and John Bowe battled for the overall victory in the ENZED Thunder in the Valley and round four of the Touring Car Masters series Andrew Miedecke has rushed to the top of the ProMaster points standings at the series half-way point.

Johnson maintained his perfect ENZED Touring Car Masters round record by winning in Darwin his two wins and a second allowing him to edge out teammate and long-time friend John Bowe for overall honours.

A genuinely thrilling display of racing between the pair – and the likes of Andrew Miedecke and Jim Richards – entertained the huge Darwin crowd all weekend with three sensational races.

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Jason Gomersall enjoyed a supremely consistent weekend in his iSeek Racing Holden Torana to win the ProAm class over Andrew Fisher and Cameron Tilley while Wayne Mercer scored the ProSports win ahead of Leo Tobin and Garry Treloar.

Gomersall also won the Rare Spares Achievement award while Steven Johnson’s PAYCE Mustang won the Meguiar’s / Liqui-Moly ‘Looks Good – Goes Great’ award.

Johnson won race two on Sunday morning and then battled with Bowe in race three the pair trading the lead on three occasions before the Torana was able to edge in front for a narrow side-by-side victory.

After winning round two of the series in Tasmania Johnson’s victory came ahead of Bowe and Andrew Miedecke’s Lubrimaxx Camaro.

“I have to thank my sponsor for this weekend.. John Bowe!†Johnson joked of his car owner on the podium.  

“It’s been a fantastic weekend and really hard work battling with JB and everyone else. It’s sensational to come up here every year whether you’re racing or not – but to do it when you are is even better.

“Thanks to everyone who has supported us getting on track in the Mustang this weekend and hopefully we can do some more.â€Â

The consistent Miedecke scored third in the ProMaster class this weekend and provisionally rockets to the lead of the standing ahead of Jim Richards and Greg Crick.

Leading the points coming into the round Ford Mustang driver Gavin Bullas failed to score points in both Sunday’s races in Darwin after suffering overheating issues in his Mustang and as a result has dropped down the points order to fifth.

Both of Sunday’s races were action packed: with Johnson leading home Miedecke and Bowe in race two after the Camaro driver spent much of his race fending off the SL/R 5000 Torana affixed to his rear bumper.

Race three was similarly competitive Bowe and Johnson duelling for the lead as Jim Richards stormed through to grab third away from Miedecke and Greg Crick in the closing stages.

There were plenty of sensational battles throughout the field as drivers like Andrew Fisher (who won ProAm in race three) and Keith Kassulke (a storming drive to sixth in the finale’) worked their way to the front.

The most significant drama of the weekend came on the opening lap of race two as Bill Pye crashed heavily at turn three.

Pye’s Chevy Camaro collected the inside kerb on the opening lap unsettling his car and sending it across the circuit and into the Armco barrier – collecting an unsuspecting Garry Treloar in the process. Treloar was sent into the inside wall of the circuit and with heavy damage was forced to withdraw from the remainder of the weekend.

Showcasing the strength and safety of the TCM Machinery both drivers were uninjured in the accident.

After four rounds of the series Andrew Miedecke provisionally leads the ProMaster points standings by just fourteen points over Jim Richards.

Greg Crick sits in third just 28 points from the lead while the ever consistent Mark King has moved to fourth place in his King Springs / Whiteline Transport Racing Chevrolet Camaro.

Gavin Bullas sits fifth in the standings one point behind King while John Bowe is now only 119 points from the lead despite missing the round in Tasmania earlier this year.

The next round of the ENZED Touring Car Masters Series will be held at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich with the V8 Supercars on July 31-August 2.

RACE 2 RESULTS

Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL Laps     Race.Time Fastest...Lap1    17  Payce/Wilson Security          Steven Johnson (QLD)     Ford Mustang TransAm 5800       10    15:09.1249   6 1:13.4952r2    95  Whiteline Transport Racing/Lub Andrew Miedecke (NSW)    Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800       10    15:10.5550   6 1:13.5952r3    18  Dunlop Super Dealers/Wilson Se John Bowe (VIC)          Torana SLR 5000      5047       10    15:11.3490   6 1:13.3039R4     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       AMC Javelin          5890       10    15:11.8283   7 1:13.7843r5    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    Torana SLR 5000      5047       10    15:13.7023   8 1:13.9890 6    75  Mopar Performance              Greg Crick (TAS)         Chrysler Charger E55 5570       10    15:19.9591   6 1:14.6173 7    52  Outbound Racing/wheels.com.pg  Keith Kassulke (QLD)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800       10    15:21.3350   6 1:14.9644 8     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800       10    15:22.6139   7 1:15.0545 9    60  Glennan's Transport            Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390       10    15:24.6146   5 1:15.2627 10   85  Whiteline Transport Racing/Kin Mark King (QLD)          Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800       10    15:27.3181   9 1:15.8089 11   74  Lyndways Builders/Mick Webb's  Wayne Mercer (VIC)       Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800       10    15:31.1583   6 1:16.5112 12   88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 5800       10    15:31.2660   7 1:16.4969 13   48  Darwin Cheapest Cars           Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800       10    15:31.8299   6 1:16.3802 14   10  Sunliner RV                    Tony Hunter (VIC)        Chevrolet Monza 2+2  5000       10    15:36.2131   8 1:16.4395 15   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Holden HQ Monaro     5810       10    15:36.5469  10 1:16.7906 16   15  Hercules Engines               Steve Mason (NSW)        Chevrolet Camaro     5800       10    15:37.8440   6 1:16.7198 DNF  16  Rain City Racing               Gavin Bullas (VIC)       Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800        6    10:16.8515   5 1:15.0101 DNF  99  Outbound Racing/Treloar Roses  Garry Treloar (VIC)      Holden HQ Monaro     5810      DNF   7  calga.biz                      Bill Pye (NSW)           Chevrolet Camaro     5800      

RACE 3 RESULTS

Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL Laps     Race.Time Fastest...Lap1    18  Dunlop Super Dealers/Wilson Se John Bowe (VIC)          Torana SLR 5000      5047       10    12:25.3829   4 1:13.5383*2    17  Payce/Wilson Security          Steven Johnson (QLD)     Ford Mustang TransAm 5800       10    12:25.4687   3 1:13.6006 3     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       AMC Javelin          5890       10    12:31.9515   3 1:14.0595 4    95  Whiteline Transport Racing/Lub Andrew Miedecke (NSW)    Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800       10    12:32.6945   4 1:13.9609 5    75  Mopar Performance              Greg Crick (TAS)         Chrysler Charger E55 5570       10    12:35.4780   4 1:14.0660 6    52  Outbound Racing/wheels.com.pg  Keith Kassulke (QLD)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800       10    12:42.4047   2 1:14.6180 7     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800       10    12:44.3258   2 1:15.1962 8    60  Glennan's Transport            Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390       10    12:44.9379   6 1:15.0802 9    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    Torana SLR 5000      5047       10    12:49.2423   4 1:14.0696 10   74  Lyndways Builders/Mick Webb's  Wayne Mercer (VIC)       Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800       10    12:57.4431   3 1:16.2407 11   88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 5800       10    12:57.6091   6 1:15.6159 12   10  Sunliner RV                    Tony Hunter (VIC)        Chevrolet Monza 2+2  5000       10    13:04.6768   6 1:16.6714 13   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Holden HQ Monaro     5810       10    13:05.1482   8 1:16.2212 14   85  Whiteline Transport Racing/Kin Mark King (QLD)          Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800       10    13:25.0616   3 1:14.9700 DNF  48  Darwin Cheapest Cars           Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800        9    11:33.0648   6 1:15.6473 DNF  15  Hercules Engines               Steve Mason (NSW)        Chevrolet Camaro     5800        1     1:28.3817   1 1:28.3817