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6 October 2016 | General

HILLS ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSCLE

JOHN BOWE and Glenn Seton topped the times after the opening day of practice for the Wilson Trans-Tasman Challenge at Mount Panorama and the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 today.

The first full-field experience for TCM and New Zealand Central Muscle Car competitors went incident free with both 20-minute sessions held today running without stoppage or damage.

While Kiwi runners ran without timing in the opening session a full 49-car field completed the day’s running – filling the Mountain’s 6.213 kilometres with an enormous array of classic metal.

Aussies filled the top 10 positions today however the Kiwi’s impressed with their measured approach to learning the circuit and the Aussie conditions.

Bowe set the fastest time of the day late in the second practice session his 2m18.63s lap just 0.5s behind Steven Johnson’s existing TCM qualifying record set last year.

Glenn Seton was second his Thunder Road Racing team Ford Mustang banking a 2m19.46s lap to shade his long-time rival.

Bowe and Seton are both former Touring Car Masters race winners at Mount Panorama including Bowe taking two of the three available race victories last year.

Brett Youlden (Gabriel Shock Absorbers HQ Monaro GTS 350) ended the day third Adam Bressington (Whiteline Racing Chevrolet Camaro) fourth and Steven Johnson fifth in his Synergy Race Engines GTHO Falcon.

Kim Jane deputised for a sick Eddie Abelnica and pushed the Melbourne’s Cheapest Cars Falcon XB Coupe to sixth outright in front of Mark King (King Springs Camaro) Jim Richards (Shannons Insurance AMC Javelin) Adam Garwood (Ford Capri Perana) and Jason Gomersall.

Gomersall’s iSeek Racing team changed engines between practice one and two but otherwise performed strongly.

Current 2015/2016 Central Muscle Cars Champion Dean Perkins led the Kiwi charge ending the day 14th outright in his Ford Falcon XD.

Perkins’ best of 2m24.32s puts him within 3 seconds of the top four drivers in today’s running with more improvements to come in qualifying tomorrow.

John Midgley (XE Falcon) was 15th (2m25.43s) and David Hopper third of the Kiwi Brigade his Camaro posting a 2m25.79s and finishing 17th outright.

Bruce Anderson shared a Group A Ford Mustang with brother Wayne in the 1985 and 1986 Bathurst 1000 races made his Bathurst return today ultimately finishing fourth of the NZ runners and 20th outright in his ’69 Mustang Fastback.

Charger runner Tony Galbraith was 21st his 2m30.63s lap enough for fifth of the Central Muscle Cars brigade.

A 30 minute session tomorrow (Friday) morning will set the grid for the three races this weekend with race one to be contested later in the afternoon.

Friday’s action will be shown live on FOX Sports (506) Australia and Sky Sports New Zealand.

The Waeco Fridges Trophy Race will be contested on Saturday while the Wilson Trans-Tasman Challenge race – which will see the Aussie cars line up on one side of the grid and the Kiwi’s on the other – will be held on Sunday morning as a precursor to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Races two and three will be shown on FOX Sports Sky Sports NZ and also Network Ten on free-to-air around Australia.

RESULTS – P2

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL   Laps   Fastest...Lap        Gap1    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe (VIC)          Holden  Torana SL/R  5047  AUS     7     6 2:18.6382* 2    30  Thunder Road Racing Team Austr Glenn Seton (QLD)        Ford Mustang Coupe   5000  AUS     7     4 2:19.4633  0:00.82513    56  Gabriel Shock Absorbers        Brett Youlden (VIC)      Holden  Monaro GTS C 5800  AUS     7     4 2:21.3229  0:02.68474    95  Whiteline Racing / Fabre Austr Adam Bressington (NSW)   Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800  AUS     7     4 2:21.4537  0:02.81555    17  Synergy Race Engines           Steve Johnson (QLD)      Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800  AUS     8     4 2:21.5965  0:02.95836    48  Melbourne's Cheapest Cars      Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800  AUS     6     4 2:21.6387  0:03.00057    85  Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King (QLD)          Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800  AUS     7     4 2:22.3556  0:03.71748     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       AMC Javelin          5898  AUS     7     7 2:22.5628  0:03.92469    21  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Greg Garwood (TAS)       Ford Capri Perana    5800  AUS     7     3 2:22.7089  0:04.070710   35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    Holden  Torana A9X H 5000  AUS     7     5 2:22.9074  0:04.269211   60  Glennan Transport/ANGLOMOIL Lu Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390  AUS     6     5 2:23.6668  0:05.028612   88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 5800  AUS     6     5 2:23.6814  0:05.043213   52  Outbound Racing / wheels.com.p Keith Kassulke (QLD)     Holden  Monaro GTS C 5800  AUS     6     4 2:23.6883  0:05.050114  175  Perkins Racing Team            Dean Perkins (NZ)        Ford Falcon          5800  NZ      7     1 2:24.3269  0:05.688715  119  Central Muscle Cars NZ         John Midgley (NZ)        Ford Falcon          6735  NZ      7     5 2:25.4341  0:06.795916   25  Maxi-Trans Trailers            Paul Freestone (VIC)     Chevrolet Camaro     5800  AUS     8     5 2:25.4864  0:06.848217  160  Hopper Car Construction        David Hopper (NZ)        Chevrolet Camaro     6000  NZ      7     3 2:25.7955  0:07.157318   74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer (VIC)       Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800  AUS     6     6 2:26.8749  0:08.236719   10  Sunliner RV                    Tony Hunter (VIC)        Chevrolet Monza 2+2  6000  AUS     6     3 2:29.8475  0:11.209320  169  Pinepac E Frame                Bruce Anderson (NZ)      Ford Mustang Fastbac 5866  NZ      7     5 2:30.0970  0:11.458821   43  Wasn't Me Racing               Tony Galbraith (NZ)      Valiant Charger      6555  NZ      7     6 2:30.6362  0:11.998022    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800  AUS     4     1 2:30.7207  0:12.082523   44  Colin Meadows Racing Team      Colin Meadows (NZ)       Chevrolet Camaro SS  6000  NZ      6     3 2:31.1781  0:12.539924   49  Clarke Machine Hire            Paul Clarke (NZ)         Ford Mustang         6000  NZ      7     2 2:31.2237  0:12.585525   66  Vernon & Vazey Truck Parts     Steven Ross (NZ)         Holden  Commodore VK 6653  NZ      7     7 2:31.4655  0:12.827326   97  Johns Furniture Removals       Allen Boughen (QLD)      Mercury Comet        4736  AUS     7     7 2:31.6612  0:13.023027   27  Burger Fuel Wellington         Tristan Teki (NZ)        Chevrolet Camaro     6700  NZ      4     2 2:31.8002  0:13.162028   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Ford Boss Mustang    5000  AUS     5     1 2:31.8830  0:13.244829   77  Dirty Boys Just Dig It         Duane Ingley (NZ)        Dodge Challenger     5800  NZ      7     6 2:31.9062  0:13.268030  165  GDM Retail Systems             Michael Eden (NZ)        Ford Falcon          6000  NZ      7     2 2:32.9001  0:14.261931   22  Aussie Muscle Car Run / PRT Fa Nigel Benson (SA)        Holden  Monaro GTS C 5800  AUS     5     3 2:34.0751  0:15.436932   65  Cannon Trailers                Michael (Blu) Cannon QLD Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800  AUS     6     2 2:34.1321  0:15.493933  121  Steve Hildred Motors           Steve Hildred (NZ)       Holden  Monaro       6000  NZ      7     7 2:34.3691  0:15.730934  168  Case IH                        Mark Holland (NZ)        Chevrolet Camaro     6718  NZ      6     4 2:35.0787  0:16.440535   33  Class Harvest Centre Otago     Steve Scoles (NZ)        Chevrolet Camaro     6000  NZ      7     7 2:35.1228  0:16.484636   15  Nautech Electronics            Andrew Turner (NZ)       Holden  Commodore VH 6700  NZ      7     4 2:36.5090  0:17.870837  167  PPG                            Steve Noyer (NZ)         Ford Mustang         5000  NZ      6     6 2:38.1962  0:19.558038   70  Ray White Real Estate          Brendan Mason (NZ)       Chevrolet Camaro SS  6600  NZ      6     6 2:38.5896  0:19.951439   19  Tincone Industrial Services    Darren Beale (QLD)       Holden  Monaro GTS C 5800  AUS     7     6 2:41.4773  0:22.839140  118  Chesters                       Greg Holden (NZ)         Ford Falcon          5625  NZ      7     6 2:42.9255  0:24.287341  130  Team West                      Cam Crawford (NZ)        Ford XA Hardtop      6100  NZ      7     7 2:43.3278  0:24.689642    7  Syke Sands                     Dave Roberts (VIC)       Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800  AUS     1     1 2:43.7648  0:25.126643  117  Dannevirke Honda               Greg Cuttance (NZ)       Ford Falcon          6718  NZ      6     3 2:53.0074  0:34.369244   02  Hawk Brake Pads                Dave Roberts (USA)       Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800  US      6     3 2:56.4717  0:37.833545   13  Kumeu Village Medical Centre   John Elliott (NZ)        Holden  Torana XU1   3310  NZ      6     6 2:58.7529  0:40.114746   26  STL                            Sean Fowler (NZ)         Holden  Torana SL/R  6000  NZ      5     5 3:04.3363  0:45.698147  135  Central Muscle Cars NZ         Grant Dalton (NZ)        Chevrolet Camaro Z28 6500  NZ      1     1 4:12.4532  1:53.8150    622  Tony Barrow Racing             Tony Barrow (NZ)         Holden  Commodore VK 5700  NZ      888  TDM                            Calvin Andrew (NZ)       Holden  Commodore VK 5000  NZ