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22 July 2016 | General

GOMERSALL FASTEST ON FRIDAY AGAIN

FOR THE third straight round Jason Gomersall has topped practice for a Touring Car Masters event in his Holden Torana A9X.

Gomersall was fastest on Friday at both Winton and Darwin and replicated that feat today at Queensland Raceway powering the iSeek Racing Torana to the top spot across a pair of 20-minute practice sessions held in hot and sunny conditions.

Gomersall’s 1m16.44s lap set in practice two edged out Glenn Seton’s 1m16.70s effort set in practice one to top the charts on today’s combined times.

John Bowe (1m16.86) remained in close company with the two respective pace setters with Darwin round winner Steven Johnson (1m16.96s) also well within sight of the leaders.

Today marked the third straight TCM Friday that has seen Gomersall top the time sheets in his Matt Stone Racing-prepared Torana A9X – though the popular Queenslander is yet to secure a pole position in the category.

Gomersall was pipped by Bowe for the top spot at both Winton and Hidden Valley and his three second place qualifying efforts without a pole is a record in TCM.

Practice one saw Glenn Seton top the times in his Thunder Road Racing Ford Mustang with Bowe and Gomersall within 0.2s of the quick Ford.

Eddie Abelnica Mark King Jim Richards Johnson Andrew Fisher Tony Karanfilovski and Adam Garwood completed the top ten in the morning session.

Practice two was staged in warmer conditions in the middle of the day and saw Gomersall bank the quickest time of the day on his fourth of twelve laps.

Behind Bowe Johnson and Seton Eddie Abelnica was fifth and Jim Richards a competitive sixth in the newly rebuilt Shannons Insurance Falcon Sprint.

On his return to the category Adam Bressington put the Whiteline Racing / Fabre Chevrolet Camaro into seventh place one spot ahead of the increasingly competitive Adam Garwood.
Bressington’s local teammate Mark King was ninth with Tony Karanfilovski completing the top 10.

Though looking strong today Johnson’s second session came to a premature end after striking engine dramas in his WM Waste Management Ford Falcon GTHO.

Identifying issues in the ‘top end’ of the Falcon’s 5.8 litre block the team are currently assessing the damage to see if the car can be returned to the track tomorrow.

On his return to the category for the first time in twelve months Keith Kassulke was a magnificent 11th outright in his HQ GTS Monaro – clearly revelling driving the car in which he made his TCM debut.

Sven Burchartz was the fastest of the four Porsche 911 RS IROC runners in 13th overall.

The Touring Car Masters field faces a busy Saturday ahead with qualifying (9:50am) followed by two races – at 12:20pm and 3:10pm respectively.

Steven Johnson is the defending Queensland Raceway pole position and round winner – having swept the boards at the Ipswich venue last year.

John Bowe has only one pole to his credit at the venue however has qualified on the front row on each of the series four visits.

PRACTICE 1

Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL   Laps   Fastest...Lap        Gap1    30  Thunder Road Tacing Team Austr Glenn Seton              Ford Mustang Coupe   5000          8     4 1:16.7080* 2    18  Wilson Security/Payce Dejoco   John Bowe                Holden Torana SL/R 5 5047         10    10 1:16.8678  0:00.15983    35  iseek Racing                   Hjason Gomersall         Holden Torana A9X Ha 5000         12     4 1:16.9574  0:00.24944    48  Brisbane's Cheapest Cars       Eddie Abelnica           Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800         12    12 1:17.9733  0:01.26535    85  Whiteline Racing/King Springs  Mark King                Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800         11     6 1:18.2132  0:01.50526     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards             Ford Falcon Sprint   5000         10     9 1:18.2349  0:01.52697    17  Synergy Race Engines           Steve Johnson            Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800          6     6 1:18.3263  0:01.61838     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher            Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800         13    10 1:18.8190  0:02.11109    88  TIFS - Warehousing& Distributi Tony Karanfilovski       Fpord Mustang Trans  5800          5     3 1:19.2095  0:02.501510   12  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood             Holden Torana SL/R 5 5047         10     6 1:19.2438  0:02.535811    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French             Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800          9     8 1:19.2513  0:02.543312   90  Werks Garage/Kalus Kenny Iterl Sven Burchartz           Porsche 911 RS IROC  3600         13     7 1:19.3122  0:02.604213   95  Whiteline Racing/Fabre Austral Adam Bressington         Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800         11     9 1:19.4536  0:02.745614   25  Angliss Meats                  Brett Curran             Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800          4     4 1:20.1182  0:03.410215   52  Outbound Racing/wheels.com.pg  Keith Kassulke           Holden Monaro GTS Co 5800          8     4 1:20.7512  0:04.043216    8  Sportsmed SA                   Greg Keene (SA)          Porsche 911 RS IROC  5800         12     7 1:21.1367  0:04.428717   22  Aussie Muscle Car Run/PRT Fabr Graham Stewart           Holden Monaro GTS Co 5800         10     8 1:22.1854  0:05.477418   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin                Ford Boss Mustang    5000          9     9 1:22.4194  0:05.711419   65  Cannon Trailers                Michael (Blu) Cannon     Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800          7     3 1:23.3653  0:06.657320   13  Mark Poole Motorsport          Rory O'Neill             Porsche 911 RS IROC  3600         11     6 1:23.5390  0:06.831021   19  Tincone Industrial Services    Daren Beale              Holden Monaro GTS Co 5800         10     8 1:24.2712  0:07.563222    7  Werks Garage/Red Rock Winery   Rohan Little             Porsche 911 RS IROC  3600         10    10 1:24.4310  0:07.723023   68  Trans Am Race Engineering      Grant Wilson             Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800          2     2 1:27.3048  0:10.596824   97  John's Furniture Removals      Allen Boughen            Mercury Comet        4736         10     9 1:29.3674  0:12.6594

PRACTICE 2

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL   Laps   Fastest...Lap        Gap1    35  iseek Racing                   Hjason Gomersall         Holden Torana A9X Ha 5000         12     4 1:16.4493* 2    18  Wilson Security/Payce Dejoco   John Bowe                Holden Torana SL/R 5 5047         10     6 1:16.7152  0:00.26593    17  Synergy Race Engines           Steve Johnson            Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800         10     4 1:16.9693  0:00.52004    30  Thunder Road Tacing Team Austr Glenn Seton              Ford Mustang Coupe   5000          6     4 1:17.6839  0:01.23465    48  Brisbane's Cheapest Cars       Eddie Abelnica           Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800         10     9 1:18.0474  0:01.59816     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards             Ford Falcon Sprint   5000          7     7 1:18.1075  0:01.65827    95  Whiteline Racing/Fabre Austral Adam Bressington         Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800         12     6 1:18.1831  0:01.73388    12  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood             Holden Torana SL/R 5 5047         12     7 1:18.3102  0:01.86099    85  Whiteline Racing/King Springs  Mark King                Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800          9     8 1:18.3960  0:01.946710   88  TIFS - Warehousing& Distributi Tony Karanfilovski       Fpord Mustang Trans  5800         12     6 1:18.4486  0:01.999311   52  Outbound Racing/wheels.com.pg  Keith Kassulke           Holden Monaro GTS Co 5800          9     5 1:18.9077  0:02.458412    9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher            Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800         12     4 1:19.0089  0:02.559613   90  Werks Garage/Kalus Kenny Iterl Sven Burchartz           Porsche 911 RS IROC  3600         14     4 1:19.0916  0:02.642314   25  Angliss Meats                  Brett Curran             Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800          6     6 1:19.4622  0:03.012915    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French             Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800          9     9 1:19.5184  0:03.069116   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin                Ford Boss Mustang    5000         12     9 1:20.4333  0:03.984017    8  Sportsmed SA                   Greg Keene (SA)          Porsche 911 RS IROC  5800         13     5 1:21.4394  0:04.990118    7  Werks Garage/Red Rock Winery   Rohan Little             Porsche 911 RS IROC  3600         15    11 1:21.7295  0:05.280219   22  Aussie Muscle Car Run/PRT Fabr Graham Stewart           Holden Monaro GTS Co 5800         10     9 1:22.6860  0:06.236720   65  Cannon Trailers                Michael (Blu) Cannon     Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800         13     5 1:22.9198  0:06.470521   13  Mark Poole Motorsport          Rory O'Neill             Porsche 911 RS IROC  3600         13     8 1:24.5606  0:08.111322   68  Trans Am Race Engineering      Grant Wilson             Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800          5     5 1:25.2259  0:08.7766