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1 August 2015 | General

JOHNSON WINS SETON STORMS AT QR

PRE-ROUND Steven Johnson joked about the pressure of delivering results in front of his friends family and an army of Queensland fans on his return to racing in his home state this weekend in the ENZED Touring Car Masters.

Junior Johnson didn’t disappoint delivering pole position and a comprehensive race one victory in today’s Shannons Queensland Tourist Trophy opener in the Ipswich sunshine.

Johnson led from pole position set a new lap record and won comfortably in today’s race – the first of three this weekend.

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Interest in the race was focussed further back as Andrew Miedecke and John Bowe battled for the entire 12-lap duration.

Miedecke passed Bowe for second in the early running but then had to defend for the remainder as the Torana came on strong as the race progressed.

After several close moments the Camaro driver held out the Torana after a thrilling battle that lasted the entire race.

Behind them Glenn Seton stormed to fourth place in his Thunder Road Racing Team Ford Mustang – climbing from eighth on the grid.

He battled his way through several strong contenders in the top-10 early on before chasing and ultimately catching Jim Richards’ Shannons Insurance AMC Javelin.

Echoing their classic 1987 ATCC title fight the pair ran side-by-side on several occasions before a bold braking move into turn one saw Seton slip past and secure fourth spot.

With Richards fifth Keith Kassulke finished sixth Eddie Abelnica 7th Greg Crick 8th and Tony Karanfilovski 9th.

Remarkably Cameron Tilley continued his remarkable run of top-10 performances this season by finishing 10th in his Tilley Automotive Valliant Pacer.

The Sydney driver has only once finished outside the top 10 across thirteen races this season – despite only qualifying inside it on one occasion when he started 10th for race one at Darwin.

On only one occasion – Winton where he qualified and finished race one in 15th – has Tilley failed to score in the ten this year.

Charlie O’Brien finished 11th in his Pontiac Firebird and first of the Queensland TransAm runners home.

Jason Gomersall finished 12th after slipping off the road mid-race whilst battling inside the competitive top six group.

Earlier Johnson stormed to pole in qualifying edging out John Bowe by 0.2s to grab his second pole for 2015.

Johnson needed just five laps to score pole early in the session electing to sit out much of the second half of the session.

Bowe charged hard late in the session and got to within 0.2s of Johnson’s record 1m15.9050s lap but ultimately missed out on pole for only the second time in the past thirteen rounds.

Chevrolet Camaro driver Andrew Miedecke was another to edge closer to the Johnson – Bowe pair his 1m16.51s lap also well underneath the existing qualifying record at the 3.1km circuit.

Jim Richards qualified fourth thanks to a late charge from the Shannons AMC Javelin while 2013 QR Polesitter Keith Kassulke was fifth – comfortably his best starting position of the season so far.

A further two races will complete the fifth round of the 2015 ENZED Touring Car Masters tomorrow race two to start at 8:30am and the finale’ to kick off at 10:15 – with both scheduled for 12-laps in duration.

RACE ONE RESULTS – QUEENSLAND RACEWAY

Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL Laps     Race.Time Fastest...Lap1    17  PAYCE/Wilson Security          Steven Johnson (QLD)     Ford Mustang Trans A 5800       12    15:39.2118   4 1:16.7815R2    95  Whiteline Transport / Lubrimax Andrew Miedecke (NSW)    Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800       12    15:40.2883   3 1:17.0433r3    18  Dunlop Super/ Wilson Sec/ PAYC John Bowe (VIC)          Holden Torana SL/R 5 5047       12    15:40.5851   4 1:17.0779r4    30  Thunder Road Racing Team Austr Glenn Seton (QLD)        Ford Mustang Coupe   5000       12    15:45.6864   4 1:17.5456 5     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       AMC Javelin          5890       12    15:46.3075   4 1:17.5927 6    52  Outbound Racing / wheels.com.p Keith Kassulke (QLD)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800       12    15:48.7509   4 1:18.2550 7    48  Brisbane's Cheapest Cars       Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800       12    15:54.7819   3 1:18.3961 8    75  Mopar Performance              Greg Crick (TAS)         Chrysler Charger E55 5570       12    15:58.2719   4 1:18.5059 9    88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 5800       12    15:58.4203   3 1:18.6937 10   60  Glennan's Transport            Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390       12    16:06.2354   4 1:19.3387 11    3  Fataz Competition Engines      Charlie O'Brien (QLD)    Pontriac Firebitrd   5800       12    16:07.5757   3 1:19.6529 12   35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    Holden Torana SL/R 5 5047       12    16:07.7861   6 1:18.3892 13   20  Storage King                   Ian Palmer (QLD)         Pontiac Trans Am     5800       12    16:11.4819   3 1:19.5438 14   15  Hercules Engines               Cameron Mason (NSW)      Chevrolet Camaro     5800       12    16:25.4732   3 1:20.7735 15   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Holden HQ Monaro     5810       12    16:30.5388   8 1:21.0132 16   72  Fataz Competition Engines      Ian Woodward (QLD)       Chevrolet Camaro     5800       12    16:32.5388   3 1:20.9454 17   25  Angliss Meats                  Brett Curran (QLD)       Ford Shelby Fastback 5800       12    16:32.7263   4 1:21.4189 18   69  Tenkate Plant Hire             Anthony Tenkate (QLD)    Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800       12    16:45.9830   3 1:22.3117 19   85  Whiteline Transport/ King Spri Mark King (QLD)          Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800       12    16:56.1812   3 1:18.3973 20   68  Loaders 'R' Us                 Alwyn Bishop (QLD)       Ford Mustang         5800       11    15:41.2920  10 1:23.9559 21   22  Collins Hay                    Mike Collins (QLD)       Ford Mustang         5000       11    16:40.1847   2 1:27.3180 DNF  99  Loaders 'R' Us                 Michael Uebergang (QLD)  Ford Mustang Coupe   5800        5     7:03.4148   3 1:22.6203 DNF   9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800        1     1:26.5460   1 1:26.5460