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20 November 2015 | General

UPDATE: RITTER ON DEBUT TCM POLE

UPDATED:

GREG RITTER has sensationally taken pole position for the final round of the 2015 ENZED Touring Car Masters Series after qualifying was declared a non-event.

In the original quaifying session Steven Johnson edged out John Bowe in a shortened outing where a majority of drivers only got two flying laps thanks to an early red flag – when Rusty French crashed his Ford Mustang at Siberia in slippery conditions.

A half dry half wet circuit greeted drivers ahead of qualifying with most choosing slick tyres in anticipation of it drying – howvever when the Skye Sands Mustang made hefty contact with the tyres at turn six the session was red flagged the impact badly damaging the car and the wall in the process. French escaped unharmed.

Because majority of the field had only time to complete one flying lap before the session was called officials of the meeting declared the results void and instead elected to determine the grid based on combined times from the two practice sessions held earlier in the day.

“Due to delayes resulting from accident damage to Tyre Walls the Touring Car Masters Qualifying has been declared and Practice 1 & 2 results will be combined to provide a grid for Touring Car Masters Race 1” noted a statement from the Event Secretary.

As such Ritter will start from pole on his TCM debut: the result also the first pole for a Chevrolet Monza in TCM competition.

The long-time V8 Supercars co-driver starred in the two earlier wet practice sessions comfortably topping both despite never having driven the Sunliner RV Chevrolet Monza prior to the first practice on Friday morning. His practice best of 1m53.2090s ultimately ended up 1.6s quicker than anyone in the tricky conditions.

On the ajusted results John Bowe will start his Torana from second – the first time he’s failed to score pole in his four attempts at racing TCM at Phillip Island – and Tony Karanfilovski third.

Eddie Abelnica will start his home race fourth in front of Steven Johnson.

Johnson had topped the qualifying session and was one of only eight drivers who managed more than one flying lap in the abbreviated session.

Jason Gomersall will start race one sixth and Championship leader Jim Richards seventh. Richards was the big winner out of the officials decision to revert to practice times: The AMC Javelin was only 17th fastest in the qualifying session having been unable to bank a representative time prior to the red flag.

Richards leads Bowe by just five points in the ProMaster standings ahead of the three races this weekend.

Andrew Fisher Sven Burchartz and Brett Youlden completed the top 10 though Youlden will be relegated to the rear of grid after passing cars under the red flag.

The first two of three races in this weekend’s Rare Spares Phillip Island Trophy weekend will be contested tomorrow at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit.

STARTING GRID – COMBINED PRACTICE TIMES

Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL          Fastest...Lap        Gap1    10  Sunliner RV                    Greg Ritter              Chev Monza 2+ 2      5800              P2  1:53.2090* 2    18  Dunlop Super Dealers / Wilson  John Bowe                Torana SLR 5000      5047              P2  1:54.9031  0:01.69413    88  TIFS Warehousing & Distributio Tony Karanfilovski       Mustang Trans Am     5800              P2  1:54.9852  0:01.77624    48  Melbourne's Cheapest Cars      Eddie Abelnica           Ford Falcon XB       5800              P2  1:54.9875  0:01.77855    17  Payce / Wilson Security        Steven Johnson           Mustang Trans Am     5800              P2  1:55.5237  0:02.31476    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall          Torana SLR 5000      5047              P2  1:57.0907  0:03.88177     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards             Javelin              5890              P2  1:57.2803  0:04.07138     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher            Falcon XY  GTHO      5800              P2  1:57.4772  0:04.26829    90  Kalus Kenny Itelex             Sven Burchartz           Porsche  911RS       3600              P2  1:58.1526  0:04.943610   56  Gabriel Shock Absorbers / PIAR Brett Youlden            Monaro HQ            5800              P2  1:58.2211  0:05.012111   12  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood             Torana SLR 5000      5047              P2  1:58.3130  0:05.104012   11  Lion Mill Solutions /Ultra Per Tony Edwards             Ford Falcon XA GT    5768              P2  1:58.4303  0:05.221313   60  Glennan Transport / Tilleys Ra Cameron Tilley           Valiant Pacer        4390              P2  1:59.6462  0:06.437214   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin                Monaro HQ            5810              P2  2:00.4861  0:07.277115    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French             Mustang Fastback     5800              P2  2:01.2852  0:08.076216   95  Whiteline Transport Racing / L Andrew Miedecke          Chev Comaro SS       5800              P2  2:02.1259  0:08.916917    7  Red Rock Winery                Rohan Little             Porsche 911          3600              P2  2:03.1884  0:09.979418   75  Quest Roofing                  Andy Clempson            Mustang Trans Am     5800              P1  2:03.3710  0:10.162019   74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer             Ford Falcon XY GT HO 5800              P2  2:08.0676  0:14.858620   57  Corio Auto Parts               Graham Alexander         Monaro HT            5819              P2  2:08.1029  0:14.893921   85  Whiteline Transport Racing / K Mark King                Chev Camaro RS       5800              P2  2:08.3496  0:15.140622   52  Angliss Meats                  Brett Curran             Mustang Shelby       5800              P1  2:11.2960  0:18.087023   24  RPM Electrical Repairs         Royston Evans            Pontiac Trans Am     6899              P2  2:21.7648  0:28.5558     81  Tarosa Stairs                  Angelo Taranto           Camaro SS Tans Am    5800      

 

PRACTICE TWO

Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL   Laps   Fastest...Lap        Gap1    10  Sunliner RV                    Greg Ritter              Chev Monza 2+ 2      5800         10     5 1:53.2090* 2    18  Dunlop Super Dealers / Wilson  John Bowe                Torana SLR 5000      5047         10     6 1:54.9031  0:01.69413    88  TIFS Warehousing & Distributio Tony Karanfilovski       Mustang Trans Am     5800         10    10 1:54.9852  0:01.77624    48  Melbourne's Cheapest Cars      Eddie Abelnica           Ford Falcon XB       5800          7     7 1:54.9875  0:01.77855    17  Payce / Wilson Security        Steven Johnson           Mustang Trans Am     5800          8     5 1:55.5237  0:02.31476    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall          Torana SLR 5000      5047          8     4 1:57.0907  0:03.88177     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards             Javelin              5890          8     6 1:57.2803  0:04.07138     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher            Falcon XY  GTHO      5800          8     7 1:57.4772  0:04.26829    90  Kalus Kenny Itelex             Sven Burchartz           Porsche  911RS       3600         10     8 1:58.1526  0:04.943610   56  Gabriel Shock Absorbers / PIAR Brett Youlden            Monaro HQ            5800          9     9 1:58.2211  0:05.012111   12  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood             Torana SLR 5000      5047          9     9 1:58.3130  0:05.104012   11  Lion Mill Solutions /Ultra Per Tony Edwards             Ford Falcon XA GT    5768          7     6 1:58.4303  0:05.221313   60  Glennan Transport / Tilleys Ra Cameron Tilley           Valiant Pacer        4390          6     3 1:59.6462  0:06.437214   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin                Monaro HQ            5810          9     9 2:00.4861  0:07.277115    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French             Mustang Fastback     5800          8     4 2:01.2852  0:08.076216   95  Whiteline Transport Racing / L Andrew Miedecke          Chev Comaro SS       5800          8     7 2:02.1259  0:08.916917    7  Red Rock Winery                Rohan Little             Porsche 911          3600          9     6 2:03.1884  0:09.979418   74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer             Ford Falcon XY GT HO 5800          8     8 2:08.0676  0:14.858619   57  Corio Auto Parts               Graham Alexander         Monaro HT            5819          6     4 2:08.1029  0:14.893920   85  Whiteline Transport Racing / K Mark King                Chev Camaro RS       5800          4     4 2:08.3496  0:15.140621   24  RPM Electrical Repairs         Royston Evans            Pontiac Trans Am     6899          3     2 2:21.7648  0:28.5558

PRACTICE ONE

Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL   Laps   Fastest...Lap        Gap1    10  Sunliner RV                    Greg Ritter              Chev Monza 2+ 2      5800          9     9 1:53.2303* 2    18  Dunlop Super Dealers / Wilson  John Bowe                Torana SLR 5000      5047          8     7 1:55.1766  0:01.94633    88  TIFS Warehousing & Distributio Tony Karanfilovski       Mustang Trans Am     5800          8     4 1:56.1353  0:02.90504    17  Payce / Wilson Security        Steven Johnson           Mustang Trans Am     5800          5     5 1:56.5413  0:03.31105    48  Melbourne's Cheapest Cars      Eddie Abelnica           Ford Falcon XB       5800          7     2 1:56.6600  0:03.42976    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall          Torana SLR 5000      5047          8     8 1:58.4616  0:05.23137    90  Kalus Kenny Itelex             Sven Burchartz           Porsche  911RS       3600          8     8 1:58.5136  0:05.28338     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards             Javelin              5890          8     8 1:58.6445  0:05.41429    12  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood             Torana SLR 5000      5047          8     7 1:59.0370  0:05.806710   60  Glennan Transport / Tilleys Ra Cameron Tilley           Valiant Pacer        4390          5     3 1:59.8648  0:06.634511   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin                Monaro HQ            5810          7     6 2:01.4969  0:08.266612    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French             Mustang Fastback     5800          5     5 2:02.8535  0:09.623213   75  Quest Roofing                  Andy Clempson            Mustang Trans Am     5800          7     7 2:03.3710  0:10.140714   95  Whiteline Transport Racing / L Andrew Miedecke          Chev Comaro SS       5800          5     5 2:03.5184  0:10.288115    9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher            Falcon XY  GTHO      5800          6     6 2:03.7542  0:10.523916    7  Red Rock Winery                Rohan Little             Porsche 911          3600          8     7 2:03.9524  0:10.722117   57  Corio Auto Parts               Graham Alexander         Monaro HT            5819          7     7 2:08.9146  0:15.684318   85  Whiteline Transport Racing / K Mark King                Chev Camaro RS       5800          3     3 2:10.4999  0:17.269619   52  Angliss Meats                  Brett Curran             Mustang Shelby       5800          5     4 2:11.2960  0:18.065720   24  RPM Electrical Repairs         Royston Evans            Pontiac Trans Am     6899          2     2 2:30.0909  0:36.860621   74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer             Ford Falcon XY GT HO 5800          3     1 2:32.8625  0:39.6322     81  Tarosa Stairs                  Angelo Taranto           Camaro SS Tans Am    5800