BOWE SETS QUALY MILESTONE
AN INCREDIBLE last flying lap has secured John Bowe a milestone achievement in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s qualifying session for the final round of the Touring Car Masters season at Sydney Olympic Park.
BoweÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sub-record 1m35.384s flyer not only rocketed him to the top of the charts by six-tenths of a second with just two minutes remaining in the session it also saw the Wilson Security / Payce Holden Torana SL/R 5000 driver score his 100th professional career pole position.
The milestone effort Ã¢â‚¬â€œ achieved across his open wheel Touring Car GT and TCM career Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is a record amongst Australian drivers. TodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s effort was also the fifth of BoweÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s season and also the 45th of his TCM career.
Second in qualifying was Steven Johnson whose own impressive lap of 1m36.05s had him on provisional pole until BoweÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s last-ditch flyer.
JohnsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own effort saw him edge out Glenn Seton by less than one-tenth of a second for a spot on the front row of the grid Ã¢â‚¬â€œ SetonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Thunder Road Racing Mustang taking several trips up the escape road in his efforts to hustle more time from his car.
Jason Gomersall was fourth lapping underneath the existing qualifying record and exactly one second from BoweÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mighty lap Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but only three-tenths from Seton and Johnson in front.
Local driver Adam Bressington will start race one fifth in the Whiteline Camaro edging out Tony Karanfilovski for the honour of best local after the Mustang driver jumped four spots on his final lap after the chequered flag had fallen.
Mark King Eddie Abelnica Ã¢â‚¬â€œ in a repaired XB Falcon Coupe Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Cameron Tilley and Jim Richards completed the top-10.
Wayne Mercer Brad Tilley Rusty French Leo Tobin and Darren Beale complete the order for this afternoonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opening race set for 1:55pm (local time).
The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports and Network Ten around Australia this afternoon.
QUALIFYING – SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pos Car Competitor/Team Driver Vehicle Cap CL Laps Fastest...Lap Gap1 18 Wilson Security / PAYCE John Bowe (VIC) 1974 Holden Torana 5047 7 6 1:35.3849R 2 17 Synergy Race Engines Steve Johnson (QLD) 1971 Ford Falcon XY 5800 7 6 1:36.0552r 0:00.67033 30 Thunder Road Racing Team Austr Glenn Seton (QLD) 1964 Ford Mustang Co 5000 8 3 1:36.1132r 0:00.72834 35 iseek Racing Jason Gomersall (QLD) 1978 Holden Torana 5000 6 3 1:36.4494r 0:01.06455 95 Whiteline Racing / Fabre Austr Adam Bressington (NSW) 1969 Chevrolet Camar 5800 6 5 1:37.7635 0:02.37866 88 TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) 1969 Ford Mustang Tr 5800 9 9 1:38.8815 0:03.49667 85 Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King (QLD) 1970 Chevrolet Camar 5800 9 8 1:38.9652 0:03.58038 48 Sydney's Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica (VIC) 1974 Ford Falcon XB 5800 8 6 1:39.0187 0:03.63389 60 Glennan Transport/ANGLOMOIL Lu Cameron Tilley (NSW) 1969 Valiant Pacer 4390 7 6 1:39.3171 0:03.932210 2 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards (VIC) 1972 AMC Javelin 5898 9 5 1:39.3718 0:03.986911 74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer (VIC) 1971 Ford Falcon XY 5800 9 8 1:40.9885 0:05.603612 28 Tilley Auto Garage Brad Tilley (NSW) 1964 Ford Mustang Co 4735 6 2 1:41.8180 0:06.433113 4 Skye Sands Rusty French (VIC) 1970 Ford Mustang Fa 5800 10 8 1:43.6096 0:08.224714 46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin (VIC) 1969 Ford Boss Musta 5000 5 3 1:43.7205 0:08.335615 19 Tincone Industrial Services Darren Beale (QLD) 1972 Holden Monaro 5800 10 9 1:44.5541 0:09.1692