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11 October 2015 | General

TORANA WINS BATHURST

A FORD HERO has returned a Holden icon to the top step of the podium at Mount Panorama in Bathurst.

John Bowe a long-time devotee of the blue oval won Sunday’s third race to win the seventh round of the 2015 ENZED Touring Car Masters after a seven-lap straight fight with Steven Johnson’s Ford Mustang.

Starting from pole Bowe led into turn one and then had to hold out Johnson for all seven laps of the race – Bowe ultimately edging out his own car in a down-to-the-wire finish.

With Jim Richards finishing fourth for the round Bowe has now closed to within five points of his long-time rival with the pair to battle for the TCM ProMaster class title at Phillip Island this November.

Eddie Abelnica finished third today to secure the same position in class for the round while Brett Youlden and Jim Richards battled furiously for fourth and fifth for much of the race including a breathtaking sequence where they ran side-by-side through turns two and three.

Richards ultimately grabbed the spot Youlden recording fifth overall and comfortably winning the ProAm class on his TCM comeback.

Mark King finished sixth one position ahead of Rusty French who recorded his best finish of the season with seventh in the Skye Sands Ford Mustang.

French – who made his Bathurst debut in 1968 – drove the race of his season to hold out both iSeek Racing Torana driver Jason Gomersall and Shelby Mustang steerer Cameron Tilley.

Paul Freestone rounded out the top ten today to cap of a strong weekend for the Victorian driver.

Outside the top 10 Glenn Seton failed to start the race after dropping on to seven cylinders on the formation lap thanks to a faulty spark plug whilst Tony Karanfilovski was a non-starter with a gearbox issue in his Mustang.

For the round Tony Edwards won the ProSports class thanks to victories in race one and two.

16 year old teenager Adam Garwood took the class victory in the third and final race finishing 12th overall.

Brett Youlden led Cameron Mason and Rusty French home in the ProAm ranks class leader Cameron Tilley fourth overall at a circuit that doesn’t quite suit the six-cylinder Valliant’s relative lack of grunt.

The final round of the 2015 ENZED Touring Car Masters will see the series return to the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit in late November for the Rare Spares Phillip Island Tourist Trophy.

TCM MOUNTAIN MASTERS – RACE 3

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL Laps     Race.Time Fastest...Lap1    18  Dunlop Super Dealers/ Wilson S John Bowe (VIC)          1974 Holden  Torana  5047        7    16:22.5239   5 2:19.3943*2    17  PAYCE/Wilson Security          Steven Johnson (QLD)     1969 Ford Mustang Tr 5800        7    16:23.0030   5 2:19.4184 3    48  Sydneys Cheapest Cars          Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     1974 Ford Falcon XB  5800        7    16:25.7471   5 2:19.7933 4     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       1972 AMC Javelin     5890        7    16:35.5139   6 2:20.3707 5    56  Gabriel Shock Absorbers        Brett Youlden (VIC)      1972 Holden  HQ Mona 5800        7    16:37.1318   6 2:20.6041 6    85  Whiteline Transport Racing / K Mark King (QLD)          1970 Chevrolet Camar 5800        7    16:48.5128   5 2:22.3800 7     4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       1970 Ford Mustang Fa 5800        7    16:53.3005   4 2:23.6236 8    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    1974 Holden  Torana  5047        7    16:54.2934   5 2:23.4451 9     3  Hercules Engines               Cameron Mason (NSW)      1966 Ford Mustang Fa 5000        7    16:54.6098   3 2:23.5993 10   25  Freestones Transport/Freestone Paul Freestone (VIC)     1968 Chevrolet Camar 5800        7    17:09.1072   2 2:25.3933 11   60  Glennan Transport / Tilleys Ra Cameron Tilley (NSW)     1969 Valiant Pacer   4390        7    17:11.6510   7 2:24.5610 12   12  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood (TAS)       1974 Holden  Torana  5047        7    17:19.3801   6 2:26.4196 13   11  Lion Mill Solutions/Ultra Perf Tony Edwards (VIC)       1973 Ford Falcon XA  5768        7    17:24.2719   7 2:28.0021 14   74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer (VIC)       1971 Ford Falcon XY  5800        7    17:30.7919   3 2:28.3869 15   90  Kalus Kenny Intelex            Sven Burchartz (VIC)     1974 Porsche 911 IRO 3600        7    17:30.9248   3 2:26.2508 16   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          1972 Holden  HQ Mona 5810        7    17:35.1871   6 2:28.6688 17    7  Red Rock Winery                Rohan Little (VIC)       1974 Porsche 911 IRO 3600        7    18:27.7991   7 2:34.3695 18   10  Sunliner RV                    Tony Hunter (VIC)        1971 Chevrolet Monza 5000        6    17:16.2201   3 2:26.8925 DNF  30  Thunder Road Racing Australia  Glenn Seton (QLD)        1964 Ford Mustang Co 5000