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2 August 2015 | General

JOHNSON SECURES HOME TOWN ROUND WIN

STEVEN JOHNSON has maintained his perfect run of success in the ENZED Touring Car Masters Series winning his third round from three this year at the Shannons Queensland Tourist Trophy at Queensland Raceway.

Though Johnson won all three races at the Ipswich venue his round win didn’t come easy: first having to fend off Andrew Miedecke in race two and then his own teammate – and car owner John Bowe – in race three.

Miedecke grabbed an early lead in race two before Johnson chased him down and passed him while in the finale’ he led from lights to flag but had to withstand a challenge from Bowe in the closing laps as the Torana driver rapidly closed.  

Johnson won the round ahead of Miedecke (two seconds and a third) and Bowe.

Jason Gomersall (iSeek Racing Holden Torana) won the ProAm class on a countback tying on points with Tony Karanfilovski for the class victory with Ian Palmer’s Pontiac Firebird third.

Leo Tobin won Pro Sports and as he was the only entrant in the class this weekend also scored second and third place as well.

Charlie O’Brien won the TransAm class ahead of Brett Curran and Ian Woodward.

Johnson was thrilled to win on home turf take his third TCM round win and take his streak to eight race wins from nine starts.

“You can’t do it without a great team and thanks to Steve and Brendan for the car everything was spot on this weekend as it always is†he said.

“I’ve got to thank JB the team owner even though he did crash into me today!

“It’s been great to have all you guys here the racing has been awesome and thanks to Rare Spares ENZED and Shannons for supporting the category.

“It’s been a great weekend it’s never nice to see cars go into the trailer like Keith Greg and Cameron but I’m glad they’re OK and hopefully they get them repaired for the next round.â€Â

Johnson survived a brief run-in with Bowe as the pair battled for second place early in race two light contact between the pair giving Bowe the repair bill for not one but two panel and paint jobs before the next round.

Bowe finished fourth in race two after an attempted pass on Johnson resulted in him losing the spot – and third to a charging Glenn Seton – following a move at turn four.

“Andrew Miedecke had Steve perched on the right hand side and was slowing him up as you’re allowed to do and I thought there was a gap on the inside and that I could sneak though†Bowe explained.

“Stevie was trying to do a criss-cross which I realised when I got alongside him! We had a coming together and he apologised but it’s just one of those things!

“As much as I don’t like paying for the damage it’s a fact of life!â€Â

Miedecke finished second for the round another consistent performance by the Whiteline Racing Camaro driver extending his lead in the ProMaster points standings to 46 over nearest rival Jim Richards.

The racing at Queensland Raceway was highly competitive with a trio of close races this weekend.

Race two saw the pitched five-car battle for the lead between Miedecke Johnson Bowe Seton and Richards while the third race saw a flying Eddie Abelnica jump to second early in the running before dropping back to fourth at the finish.

Seton was on track for a strong weekend following finishes of fourth and third in the first two races respectively before a brake issue saw him withdraw from the finale’ just prior to the rolling start.

The third race ended with five different models finishing in the top five – Ford Mustang leading home Holden Torana Chevrolet Camaro Ford Falcon Coupe and the AMC Javelin of Jim Richards.

The only major incident of the weekend occurred at the start of the second race on Sunday morning when Cameron Tilley locked the brakes of his Valliant Pacer heading into the turn three braking zone.

The Pacer was turned right across the infield and out of control bounded into the path of Keith Kassulke’s XB Falcon. Kassulke was then hit by Greg Crick following the initial contact however all three drivers emerged unscathed – though Kassulke was battered and bruised – from the incident.

TransAm racer Anthony Tenkate won the Meguiar’s / Liqui-Moly ‘Looks Good Goes Great’ award Cameron and Steve Mason the Rare Spares Achievement award and Greg Crick the PWR ‘Cool Master’ award.

The next round of the ENZED Touring Car Masters series will see the Muscle Cars return to what is essentially a ‘home’ event – the Muscle Car Masters at Sydney Motorsport Park on September 4-6.

The weekend will mark the return of the series to the event following an absence last year.

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 Trans A 5800       10    17:49.7361   8 1:17.1506*2    95  Whiteline Transport / Lubrimax Andrew Miedecke (NSW)    Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800       10    17:50.2356   9 1:17.6189 3    30  Thunder Road Racing Team Austr Glenn Seton (QLD)        Ford Mustang Coupe   5000       10    17:50.6807   8 1:17.4799 4    18  Dunlop Super/ Wilson Sec/ PAYC John Bowe (VIC)          Holden Torana SL/R 5 5047       10    17:50.8526   8 1:17.3829 5    48  Brisbane's Cheapest Cars       Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800       10    17:52.9336   8 1:17.7689 6     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       AMC Javelin          5890       10    17:54.0911   8 1:17.7931 7    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    Holden Torana SL/R 5 5047       10    17:54.3960   8 1:17.9266 8    88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 5800       10    18:01.1871   8 1:18.6420 9     3  Fataz Competition Engines      Charlie O'Brien (QLD)    Pontriac Firebitrd   5800       10    18:03.6376   7 1:19.3449 10   20  Storage King                   Ian Palmer (QLD)         Pontiac Trans Am     5800       10    18:09.0899   6 1:19.6625 11   85  Whiteline Transport/ King Spri Mark King (QLD)          Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800       10    18:11.1810   8 1:19.2526 12   15  Hercules Engines               Cameron Mason (NSW)      Chevrolet Camaro     5800       10    18:12.6636   8 1:20.0219 13    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800       10    18:13.0856  10 1:19.2175 14   25  Angliss Meats                  Brett Curran (QLD)       Ford Shelby Fastback 5800       10    18:15.5554  10 1:20.4998 15   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Holden HQ Monaro     5810       10    18:16.2103  10 1:19.6121 16   72  Fataz Competition Engines      Ian Woodward (QLD)       Chevrolet Camaro     5800       10    18:18.3054   6 1:20.7965 17   99  Loaders 'R' Us                 Michael Uebergang (QLD)  Ford Mustang Coupe   5800       10    18:25.0943   7 1:21.6589 18   69  Tenkate Plant Hire             Anthony Tenkate (QLD)    Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800       10    18:27.0590   6 1:22.0261 19   22  Collins Hay                    Mike Collins (QLD)       Ford Mustang         5000       10    19:02.9431  10 1:27.5617 DNF  68  Loaders 'R' Us                 Alwyn Bishop (QLD)       Ford Mustang         5800        2     4:19.3071   1 1:39.8602 DNF  52  Outbound Racing / wheels.com.p Keith Kassulke (QLD)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800      DNF  75  Mopar Performance              Greg Crick (TAS)         Chrysler Charger E55 5570      DNF  60  Glennan's Transport            Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390      


RACE 3 RESULTS

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    15:34.9885   2 1:16.8572*2    18  Dunlop Super/ Wilson Sec/ PAYC John Bowe (VIC)          Holden Torana SL/R 5 5047       12    15:35.0895   8 1:17.1072 3    95  Whiteline Transport / Lubrimax Andrew Miedecke (NSW)    Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800       12    15:43.3855   2 1:17.3479 4    48  Brisbane's Cheapest Cars       Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800       12    15:45.8851   2 1:17.1655 5     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       AMC Javelin          5890       12    15:46.3639   3 1:16.9548 6    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    Holden Torana SL/R 5 5047       12    15:46.6699   4 1:17.3291 7    85  Whiteline Transport/ King Spri Mark King (QLD)          Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800       12    15:50.9509   4 1:18.1605 8    88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 5800       12    15:52.1546   4 1:18.1572 9     3  Fataz Competition Engines      Charlie O'Brien (QLD)    Pontriac Firebitrd   5800       12    16:08.3624   4 1:19.9411 10    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800       12    16:08.7899   6 1:18.0472 11   20  Storage King                   Ian Palmer (QLD)         Pontiac Trans Am     5800       12    16:14.8144   4 1:20.1341 12   15  Hercules Engines               Cameron Mason (NSW)      Chevrolet Camaro     5800       12    16:16.3382   3 1:20.2912 13   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Holden HQ Monaro     5810       12    16:20.6941   5 1:20.0884 14   25  Angliss Meats                  Brett Curran (QLD)       Ford Shelby Fastback 5800       12    16:26.3110   3 1:20.5627 15   72  Fataz Competition Engines      Ian Woodward (QLD)       Chevrolet Camaro     5800       12    16:35.3280   2 1:20.7588 16   69  Tenkate Plant Hire             Anthony Tenkate (QLD)    Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800       12    16:52.8906   4 1:22.5101 17   68  Loaders 'R' Us                 Alwyn Bishop (QLD)       Ford Mustang         5800       11    15:46.4113   4 1:23.6771 18   22  Collins Hay                    Mike Collins (QLD)       Ford Mustang         5000       11    16:12.9078   6 1:27.0360 19   99  Loaders 'R' Us                 Michael Uebergang (QLD)  Ford Mustang Coupe   5800       11    16:17.4657   2 1:23.2897 DNF  30  Thunder Road Racing Team Austr Glenn Seton (QLD)        Ford Mustang Coupe   5000