Hansford sweep continues with Race 2 TCM win
Ryan Hansford had won his third straight Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters series race, and second this weekend, by dominating race two at Sydney Motorsport Park this morning.
The Multispares Holden Torana A9X driver started from pole by virtue of winning yesterday’s race and was never headed in today’s 12-lap affair; pulling away to win by just over three seconds.
RESULTS: Race 2
Hansford re-set the circuit’s TCM Lap Record, set yesterday by John Bowe, on his way to victory with the new benchmark standing at 1m39.1282,
Jamey Tilley continued his remarkable rise up the TCM order by finishing second, his best ever TCM championship race result.
The Mustang driver led home third position by more than five seconds in a comfortable performance for the home-town hero.
Third went the way of Ryal Harris, who charged his EFS Camaro from the back of the field in a typically storming drive.
He passed Adam Bressington and Cameron Tilley late in the race, the pair settling for fourth and fifth, respectively.
A late pass on old teammate Steven Johnson saw John Bowe finish sixth, with Johnson, Gerard McLeod, Jeremy Gray – in his repaired Capri – and Jim Pollicina completing the top-10.
After running second early, Marcus Zukanovic tumbled down the order late in the race to limp home in 16th with a badly behaving XD Falcon.
The Victorian had led the series standings heading into the race but surrendered the lead to Bowe in race two.
The six-time champion now provisionally leads the championship with 393 points, with Hansford moving to second and Zukanovic back to third.
The final race of the weekend will be contested at 12:50pm and broadcast live on the screens of Seven.