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21 May 2016 | General

BOWE EDGES GOMERSALL IN TORANA 1-2

JOHN BOWE has become just the second repeat winner of the 2016 Touring Car Masters series narrowly winning race one at Winton Raceway today.

Bowe started from pole and withstood a stout challenge from fellow Holden Torana driver Jason Gomersall to record his second win of the season driving the Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars-run SL/R 5000.

Bowe felt pressure from Gomersall throughout the race and especially in a late two-lap dash to the line following a brief Safety Car interruption – but was able to withstand the challenge to take his 79th TCM race win.

Gomersall’s second was the best result of his TCM career and a stunning debut performance from his brand-new iSeek Racing Holden Torana A9X.

Having topped practice yesterday Gomersall topped qualifying for a majority of the 20-minute session however was pipped by Bowe in the closing stages of the session to ultimately secure his second ever TCM front-row start.

Glenn Seton charged to third place from fifth on the grid his Thunder Road Racing Team Mustang passing Eddie Abelnica and Steven Johnson through the race before setting out after the leaders.

He caught the rear of the two leading Torana’s however was unable to make any impression on the pair of Holdens to ultimately settle for third.

Seton has now finished fourth in the last four straight TCM races at Winton while the lack of a Mustang victory to date this year means it’s now been eight races since one of the iconic US-built ‘pony cars’ has troubled the chequer: the longest winless streak for the Mustang in TCM history.

Seton also set a new Winton TCM lap record in his pursuit of the leaders the new benchmark standing at 1m28.24s. 14 cars lapped underneath the existing lap record benchmark set by Bowe last year.

Steven Johnson finished fourth and Eddie Abelnica fifth the pair of Aussie-built Falcons having started third and fourth respectively.

Jim Richards was sixth in the Shannons Insurance AMC Javelin Andrew Fisher was seventh and Mark King eighth in the King Springs / Whiteline Racing Camaro.

Porsche driver Sven Burchartz was ninth in his 911 RS IROC Challenge car he and Anglomoil Valliant Pacer ace Cameron Tilley battling furiously for much of the race.

A Safety Car was called late in the race to recover Tony Karanfilovski’s stranded Ford Mustang the Victorian driver unfortunately suffered damage following contact from Rusty French’s similar Mustang in a turn one altercation.

Leo Tobin’s new Mustang failed to finish with fuel pressure issues while Bruce Williams’ new Torana was fast in the early stages before a stuck throttle ruled him out.

Williams’ ran as high as sixth for the first three laps prior to his first off-track moment caused by the throttle issues.

A further two races will conclude the Rare Spares Rose City trophy race tomorrow both to be broadcast live on FOX Sports.  

QUALIFYING

Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL   Laps   Fastest...Lap        Gap1    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe (VIC)          1974 Holden Torana   5047          9     9 1:27.9148R 2    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    1978 Holden Torana   5000         10     7 1:27.9977r 0:00.08293    48  Melbournes Cheapest Cars       Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     1974 Ford Falcon XB  5800          9     8 1:28.6057  0:00.69094    17  Synergy Race Engines           Steve Johnson (QLD)      1971 Ford Falcon XY  5800          7     7 1:28.6319  0:00.71715    30  Thunder Road Racing Team Aust. Glenn Seton (QLD)        1964 Ford Mustang    5000          8     7 1:28.6583  0:00.74356     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       1972 AMC Javelin     5898          8     7 1:28.8280  0:00.91327    90  Werks Garage/KalusKennyIterlex Sven Burchartz (VIC)     1974 Porsche 911 RS  3600         11    11 1:29.1052  0:01.19048     5  Performance&Race Tech Services Bruce Williams (VIC)     1974 Holden Torana   5000         11     8 1:29.3146  0:01.39989     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      1971 Ford Falcon XY  5800          8     8 1:29.4180  0:01.503210   85  Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King (QLD)          1970 ChevroletCamaro 5800          9     3 1:29.6470  0:01.732211   60  Glennan Transport/ANGLOMOIL    Cameron Tilley (NSW)     1969 Valiant Pacer   4390         10     8 1:29.9271  0:02.012312   21  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Greg Garwood (TAS)       1972 Ford Capri      5000         11    10 1:30.0624  0:02.147613   12  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood (TAS)       1974 Holden Torana   5047          9     8 1:30.3357  0:02.420914    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       1970 Ford Mustang    5800         11    10 1:30.4299  0:02.515115   88  TIFS Warehousing & Distrb'tion Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) 1969 Ford Mustang    5800          8     7 1:30.5788  0:02.664016   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          1969 FordBossMustang 5000          8     8 1:31.4098  0:03.495017    7  Werks Garage / Red Rock Winery Rohan Little (VIC)       1974 Porsche 911 RS  3600         11     7 1:32.2858  0:04.371018   74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer (VIC)       1971 Ford Falcon XY  5800          6     2 1:38.8923  0:10.977519   19  Tincone Industrial Services    Darren Beale (QLD)       1972 Holden Monaro   5800          9     8 1:40.1202  0:12.2054

RACE 1 RESULTS

Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL Laps     Race.Time Fastest...Lap1    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe (VIC)          1974 Holden Torana   5047       11    17:33.6036   9 1:28.2615r2    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    1978 Holden Torana   5000       11    17:34.5689  10 1:28.5248r3    30  Thunder Road Racing Team Aust. Glenn Seton (QLD)        1964 Ford Mustang    5000       11    17:34.9005   5 1:28.2482R4    17  Synergy Race Engines           Steve Johnson (QLD)      1971 Ford Falcon XY  5800       11    17:36.7908  11 1:28.8431r5    48  Melbournes Cheapest Cars       Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     1974 Ford Falcon XB  5800       11    17:39.1371  10 1:29.1456r6     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       1972 AMC Javelin     5898       11    17:39.2524  10 1:29.1623r7     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      1971 Ford Falcon XY  5800       11    17:42.2516  10 1:29.8313r8    85  Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King (QLD)          1970 ChevroletCamaro 5800       11    17:43.2684  10 1:29.7904r9    90  Werks Garage/KalusKennyIterlex Sven Burchartz (VIC)     1974 Porsche 911 RS  3600       11    17:44.5999  10 1:29.4692r10   60  Glennan Transport/ANGLOMOIL    Cameron Tilley (NSW)     1969 Valiant Pacer   4390       11    17:45.7162   2 1:30.6144r11   12  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood (TAS)       1974 Holden Torana   5047       11    17:50.3592   6 1:30.8606 12   21  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Greg Garwood (TAS)       1972 Ford Capri      5000       11    17:51.4415   6 1:30.7877r13   74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer (VIC)       1971 Ford Falcon XY  5800       11    17:55.3206  10 1:31.7964 14    7  Werks Garage / Red Rock Winery Rohan Little (VIC)       1974 Porsche 911 RS  3600       11    17:56.3684  10 1:31.9036 15   19  Tincone Industrial Services    Darren Beale (QLD)       1972 Holden Monaro   5800       11    18:50.7592  11 1:39.1084 DNF  22  Aussie Muscle Car Run          Graham Stewart (SA)      1972 Holden Monaro   5800        9    14:53.3254   9 1:33.6565 DNF   5  Performance&Race Tech Services Bruce Williams (VIC)     1974 Holden Torana   5000        8    13:14.1887   2 1:29.9110rDNF  88  TIFS Warehousing & Distrb'tion Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) 1969 Ford Mustang    5800        6     9:16.9029   6 1:30.6815rDNF   4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       1970 Ford Mustang    5800        6     9:17.3975   6 1:30.1179rDNF  46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          1969 FordBossMustang 5000        4     6:20.4033   2 1:32.1466