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5 May 2021 | General

Bowe holds sway in TCM title arm-wrestle

Five-time Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters champion John Bowe’s drive for title number six continues despite an up-and-down weekend for the Paynter Dixon Holden Torana driver at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Bowe lost and then regained the championship lead across the course of the three points-paying races at the Sydney venue to reach the half-way point of the series leading by just 10 points.

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Bowe’s 445 points has him narrowly in front of round winner Ryan Hansford, who finally broke through for his first overall victory after several near-misses.

Hansford held the record for the most podium finishes – eight – without having won a round but finally put that record to bed thanks to his stunning performance in the Multispares Torana at the weekend.

Marcus Zukanovic, on 398 points, sits third as the Victorian continues to enjoy a standout season aboard his XD Falcon.

The Action Racing entry briefly led the standings but handed the back to Bowe and was passed by Hansford, too, after dropping back down the order in the final race.

He’s tied on points with Cameron Tilley with the Anglomoil Pacer continuing its most consistent TCM season yet.

A victory in the final race delivered defending champion Steven Johnson a solid points boost aboard his Full Throttle Custom Garage-backed Falcon; he’s fifth in the standings with 387 points.

Ryal Harris’ rollercoaster has him sixth with Jim Pollicina, Tony Karanfilovski, Andrew Fisher and Mark King – one of the biggest movers of the weekend – climbing into the top-10.

With three of six title rounds complete the 2021 TCM series remains wide-open heading into the fourth round, to be held at Morgan Park Raceway in Queensland.

It will be the first time that TCM has raced at the venue, located just outside of Warwick.