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9 October 2016 | General

AUSSIES TAKE FIRST TRANS-TASMAN CHALLENGE

A POWERFUL victory to Glenn Seton has handed Australia the first ever Wilson Trans-Tasman Challenge as the Touring Car Masters and Central Muscle Cars went head to head at Mount Panorama.

The third and final race of the weekend saw the TCM competitors take one side of the grid and CMC runners the other the grid determined from the finishing positions of the opening race of the weekend.

Glenn Seton and Dean Perkins raced wheel-to-wheel into the opening corner the big red XD Falcon slipping in behind the Bathurst legend on the run into turn two.

Bruce Anderson (Pinepac Mustang) was the only driver with any serious dramas at turn one the Mustang hardtop squeezed wide at Hell corner – catching the damp grass on the outside of the circuit and spinning up the escape road without any damage.

Seton powered away on the opening lap Perkins and fellow Kiwi Falcon racer John Midgley leading a freight train that included John Bowe Steven Johnson Adam Bressington Mark King and Brett Youlden.

Midgely held third until the fourth lap when he locked a brake at Hell corner and ran wide through the gravel trap making contact with the wall and ultimately retiring his Falcon after a storming drive at the pointy end of the field.

As Seton charged away in front Bowe continued to battle with Perkins – only able to sneak through on the fifth of six laps after finally overcoming the power of the Kiwi Falcon.

Bowe pushed hard on the final lap and set the race’s fastest lap – only 0.1s behind the lap record held by Steven Johnson – and closed the margin to the leader down to just 2.5 seconds at the line.

The Thunder Road Racing Team Australia driver recorded his third TCM race win at Bathurst and fourth of the season as the series heads into the final round – set for the streets of Sydney Olympic Park in December this year.  

Adam Bressington finished third working his way past Perkins on the final lap after a bold move down the inside at Forrests Elbow.

The Whiteline Racing Camaro was quickly re-passed as the pair ran side-by-side down Conrod but with superior top-end grunt re-took the position before they entered the chase for the final time.

It capped off a stunning weekend for the Camaro ace who has impressed since his return to the category earlier this year.

Perkins survived to fourth place proudly flying the Kiwi flag all weekend long and ending it with his best drive of the weekend.  

Ever-competitive and at the pointy end of the grid Steven Johnson finished fifth Mark King sixth and Adam Garwood seventh.

The young Tasmanian completed a superb weekend with his third straight starring performance thanks to a charge through the field – the little Capri only 12th at the end of the opening lap.

Brett Youlden’s strong weekend saw him rewarded with 8th place in the Trans-Tasman challenge race Jason Gomersall finished 9th and David Hopper third of the Kiwi cars home in 10th.

With points awarded to each car based on their country of origin Australia won the inaugural Wilson Trans-Tasman Trophy 505 points to New Zealand’s 354.

In an enormous compliment to all competitors all three races and 18 laps of racing went without Safety Car interruption while both practice sessions were held without the need of a red flag.

RACE 3 RESULTS – WILSON TRANS TASMAN CHALLENGE

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL Laps     Race.Time Fastest...Lap1    30  Thunder Road Racing Team Austr Glenn Seton (QLD)        Ford Mustang Coupe   5000  AUS   6    14:02.7945   5 2:19.5899 2    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe (VIC)          Holden  Torana SL/R  5047  AUS   6    14:05.1688   6 2:18.6711*3    95  Whiteline Racing / Fabre Austr Adam Bressington (NSW)   Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800  AUS   6    14:09.0947   4 2:19.6810 4   175  Perkins Racing Team            Dean Perkins (NZ)        Ford Falcon          5800  NZ    6    14:09.4101   3 2:20.3529 5    17  Synergy Race Engines           Steve Johnson (QLD)      Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800  AUS   6    14:09.8640   4 2:19.8063 6    85  Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King (QLD)          Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800  AUS   6    14:10.2023   4 2:20.5789 7    21  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood (TAS)       Ford Capri Perana    5800  AUS   6    14:13.7644   3 2:20.0271 8    56  Gabriel Shock Absorbers        Brett Youlden (VIC)      Holden  Monaro GTS C 5800  AUS   6    14:14.0804   5 2:21.1103 9    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    Holden  Torana A9X H 5000  AUS   6    14:14.3193   3 2:20.7716 10  160  Hopper Car Construction        David Hopper (NZ)        Chevrolet Camaro     6000  NZ    6    14:14.9612   4 2:21.0745 11    2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       AMC Javelin          5898  AUS   6    14:23.6889   5 2:20.1117 12   88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 5800  AUS   6    14:36.6761   4 2:22.2876 13   44  Colin Meadows Racing Team      Colin Meadows (NZ)       Chevrolet Camaro SS  6000  NZ    6    14:45.3528   4 2:24.0611 14   52  Outbound Racing / wheels.com.p Keith Kassulke (QLD)     Holden  Monaro GTS C 5800  AUS   6    14:45.5948   4 2:23.9523 15   60  Glennan Transport/ANGLOMOIL Lu Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390  AUS   6    14:46.8922   4 2:24.1229 16   66  Vernon & Vazey Truck Parts     Steven Ross (NZ)         Holden  Commodore VK 6653  NZ    6    14:47.3206   4 2:26.5212 17   48  Melbourne's Cheapest Cars      Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800  AUS   6    14:58.6598   6 2:20.1562 18   43  Wasn't Me Racing               Tony Galbraith (NZ)      Valiant Charger      6555  NZ    6    15:08.8102   2 2:27.9054 19   77  Dirty Boys Just Dig It         Duane Ingley (NZ)        Dodge Challenger     5800  NZ    6    15:12.8756   6 2:28.1639 20   27  Burger Fuel Wellington         Tristan Teki (NZ)        Chevrolet Camaro     6700  NZ    6    15:14.0103   6 2:27.7414 21   70  Ray White Real Estate          Brendan Mason (NZ)       Chevrolet Camaro SS  6600  NZ    6    15:16.0039   6 2:26.2299 22  165  GDM Retail Systems             Michael Eden (NZ)        Ford Falcon          6000  NZ    6    15:17.4107   6 2:27.1479 23    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800  AUS   6    15:17.4287   5 2:27.1184 24   10  Sunliner RV                    Tony Hunter (VIC)        Chevrolet Monza 2+2  6000  AUS   6    15:18.9381   5 2:26.8790 25   33  Class Harvest Centre Otago     Steve Scoles (NZ)        Chevrolet Camaro     6000  NZ    6    15:19.4659   6 2:27.0006 26  169  Pinepac E Frame                Bruce Anderson (NZ)      Ford Mustang Fastbac 5866  NZ    6    15:20.8771   6 2:25.6102 27   74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer (VIC)       Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800  AUS   6    15:20.9047   5 2:27.9071 28   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Ford Boss Mustang    5000  AUS   6    15:21.8519   6 2:28.0087 29  168  Case IH                        Mark Holland (NZ)        Chevrolet Camaro     6718  NZ    6    15:23.3454   6 2:28.3854 30  121  Steve Hildred Motors           Steve Hildred (NZ)       Holden  Monaro       6000  NZ    6    15:23.8667   6 2:27.8685 31   97  Johns Furniture Removals       Allen Boughen (QLD)      Mercury Comet        4736  AUS   6    15:25.4958   6 2:27.9508 32   22  Aussie Muscle Car Run / PRT Fa Nigel Benson (SA)        Holden  Monaro GTS C 5800  AUS   6    15:26.3344   6 2:28.1265 33  167  PPG                            Steve Noyer (NZ)         Ford Mustang         5000  NZ    6    15:29.6185   6 2:29.0632 34  130  Team West                      Cam Crawford (NZ)        Ford XA Hardtop      6100  NZ    6    15:58.3193   5 2:33.0003 35   19  Tincone Industrial Services    Darren Beale (QLD)       Holden  Monaro GTS C 5800  AUS   6    15:59.5600   5 2:31.5837 36  888  TDM                            Calvin Andrew (NZ)       Holden  Commodore VK 5000  NZ    6    16:15.8265   6 2:35.5359 37  117  Dannevirke Honda               Greg Cuttance (NZ)       Ford Falcon          6718  NZ    6    16:34.8158   5 2:42.0091 38  118  Chesters                       Greg Holden (NZ)         Ford Falcon          5625  NZ    5    14:07.1255   5 2:41.8491 39   26  STL                            Sean Fowler (NZ)         Holden  Torana SL/R  6000  NZ    5    14:08.9907   5 2:43.1572 40   02  Hawk Brake Pads                Dave Roberts (USA)       Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800  US    5    14:24.4139   4 2:46.8038 41   13  Kumeu Village Medical Centre   John Elliott (NZ)        Holden  Torana XU1   3310  NZ    5    14:55.5507   3 2:56.0489 DNF 119  Central Muscle Cars NZ         John Midgley (NZ)        Ford Falcon          6735  NZ    4     9:51.4458   3 2:20.3696 DNF  25  Maxi-Trans Trailers            Paul Freestone (VIC)     Chevrolet Camaro     5800  AUS   4    10:17.5505   3 2:25.9379 DNF 135  Central Muscle Cars NZ         Grant Dalton (NZ)        Chevrolet Camaro Z28 6500  NZ    3     8:21.7063   2 2:43.3350 DNF 622  Tony Barrow Racing             Tony Barrow (NZ)         Holden  Commodore VK 5700  NZ    1     3:24.3008 DNF  49  Clarke Machine Hire            Paul Clarke (NZ)         Ford Mustang         6000  NZ    1     5:54.8387