BOWE TOPS A HOT DAY OF PRACTICE IN ADELAIDE
JOHN BOWE has picked up where he left off in the ENZED Touring Car Masters at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide topping practice on the opening day of a brand new season.
BoweÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1m30.47s topped the day as a bumper 31-car field took to the Adelaide streets on a sweltering day Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only going to get hotter thanks to a scorching 37-degree forecast for tomorrow (Friday).
Eddie Abelnica ended the day second in his AdelaideÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cheapest Cars Falcon XB Coupe while the returning Glenn Seton Ã¢â‚¬â€œ back in the category full-time this year Ã¢â‚¬â€œ ended his first day back in the office third in the Thunder Road Racing Ford Mustang.
While it was Fords 1-2-3 at the end of the day GM products were in close company with Andrew MiedeckeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Lubrimaxx Camaro (run by local team Whiteline Racing) fourth and Brett YouldenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Autoline HQ Monaro GTS fifth.
Mark King ended the day sixth having earlier had a brief moment of glory when he topped the first practice session Ã¢â‚¬â€œ only to have his time withdrawn following its completion.
King Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a race winner in Adelaide twelve months ago Ã¢â‚¬â€œ had set an impressive 1m29.8s time but lost his fastest lap of the session thanks to too much use of the famous kerbs at the Senna Chicane.
Still the pace was an indication that the Queenslander is likely to again be a contender for victories this season and put pressure on Bowe Miedecke Seton and the others in the Pro Master Class this year.
Jesus RacingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Andrew Fisher iSeek Racing Torana driver Jason Gomersall and the ever popular Valliant Pacer of Cameron Tilley all featured in the top-10 today competing amongst one of the most competitive TCM grids ever assembled.
Two-time champion Gavin Bullas ended his day 8th in practice two driving his recently completed 1970 Ford Mustang Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a car partly built by V8 Supercars outfit Prodrive Racing Australia.
2014 Clipsal 500 TCM race winner Tony Karanfilovski had a mixed day: he finished practice one a strong seventh before a mechanical issue early in race one saw him trail smoke and fluid in the early stages of the second session his Mustang retired to the side of the road.
Several new-to-TCM cars completed practice today including Jim RichardsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ AMC Javelin Brad TilleyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬â„¢64 Ford Mustang and Ian PalmerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pontiac Firebird.
Several of the brand-new IROC Challenge-specification Porsche 911 RSs will be racing in their own class this weekend Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Sven Burchartz the best of the bunch today and an impressive 13th outright in practice two.
Friday will be a big day for ENZED Touring Car Masters the Adelaide Tourist Trophy to kick off properly with qualifying in the morning followed by the opening race of the weekend later in the day.
TCM cars will again commence their races with a rolling start this season Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a popular initiative introduced at the Clipsal 500 twelve months ago.
Race two will include the top half of the field being reversed while the finaleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ features a grid determined by the combined points from racesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ one and two.
Last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Clipsal 500 TCM round featured three different winners from three races and plenty of competitive racing with much the same expected this weekend.
Every session will be shown LIVE on FOX SPORTS this weekend Ã¢â‚¬â€œ check your local guides for broadcast details.
Click here for the practice one session wrap & results.
PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:
Pos Car Competitor/Team Driver Vehicle Cap CL Laps Fastest...Lap Gap1 18 Dunlop Super Dealers/Wilson Se John Bowe (VIC) Ford Mustang Trans A 5800 8 7 1:30.4759* 2 48 Adelaides Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica (VIC) Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800 12 10 1:31.6592 0:01.18333 30 Thunder Road Racing Australia Glenn Seton (QLD) Ford Mustang Coupe 5000 7 7 1:31.7040 0:01.22814 95 Whiteline Transport Racing / L Andrew Meidecke (NSW) Chevrolet Camaro SS 5800 9 6 1:31.7734 0:01.29755 56 Autolite Spark Plugs Brett Youlden (VIC) Holden HQ Monaro Co 5800 10 10 1:32.4321 0:01.95626 85 Whiteline Transport Racing / K Mark King (QLD) Chevrolet Camaro RS 5800 10 7 1:32.5209 0:02.04507 52 Outbound Racing / wheels.com.p Keith Kassulke (QLD) Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800 12 5 1:32.7667 0:02.29088 16 Rain City Racing Gavin Bullas (VIC) Ford Boss Mustang 5800 11 11 1:32.9966 0:02.52079 35 iseek Racing Jason Gomersall (QLD) Holden Torana SL/R 5047 9 5 1:33.1757 0:02.699810 9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher (NSW) Ford Falcon XY GTHO 5800 11 6 1:33.2362 0:02.760311 60 Tilleys Racing Equipment Cameron Tilley (NSW) Valiant Pacer 4390 7 7 1:33.2674 0:02.791512 28 Tilley Automotive Brad Tilley (NSW) Ford Mustang Coupe 4735 11 9 1:33.8410 0:03.365113 90 Kalus Kenny Intelex Sven Burchartz (VIC) Porsche 911 IROC 3600 12 12 1:33.9618 0:03.485914 25 Freestones Transport/Freestone Paul Freestone (VIC) Chevrolet Camaro SS 5800 5 4 1:34.7878 0:04.311915 33 SportsMed Greg Keene (SA) Porsche 911 RS 3600 10 8 1:35.6499 0:05.174016 74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer (VIC) Ford Falcon XY GTHO 5800 10 9 1:36.0971 0:05.621217 22 PRT Race Fabrication Nigel Benson (SA) Holden HQ Monaro Co 5800 12 7 1:36.3263 0:05.850418 20 Palmer Promotions Ian Palmer (QLD) Pontiac Trans-Am 5800 9 9 1:36.7806 0:06.304719 10 Sunliner RV Tony Hunter (VIC) Chevrolet Monza 2+2 5000 4 3 1:38.0249 0:07.549020 32 SportsMed Amanda Sparks (SA) Porsche 911 RS 3600 10 10 1:38.2050 0:07.729121 17 Red Rock Winery Rohan Little (VIC) Porsche 911 IROC 3600 12 12 1:38.4234 0:07.947522 11 Lion Mill Solutions Tony Edwards (VIC) Ford Falcon XA GT 5768 11 11 1:38.5746 0:08.098723 15 Hercules Engines/Bridgestone Graham Stewart (SA) Chevrolet Camaro SS 5800 10 9 1:38.6158 0:08.139924 65 On Demand Electrical Graeme Cook (SA) Porsche 911 IROC 3600 12 7 1:39.6914 0:09.215525 13 Black Cat Racing Rory O'Neill (SA) Porsche 911 IROC 3600 12 9 1:40.2147 0:09.738826 46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin (VIC) Holden HQ Monaro Co 5800 7 4 1:40.7658 0:10.289927 72 BMR Industries Bruce McLeod (NT) Ford Falcon XA Super 5550 2 2 1:50.6892 0:20.213328 3 Hercules Engines Cameron Mason (NSW) Ford Mustang Fastbac 5000 2 2 1:51.1910 0:20.7151 2 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards (VIC) AMC Javelin 5890 88 TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Metodia Karanfilovsk NSW Ford Mustang Trans A 5800