February 26, 2015 | General


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.

Bowe’s 1m30.47s topped the day as a bumper 31-car field took to the Adelaide streets on a sweltering day – and it’s only going to get hotter thanks to a scorching 37-degree forecast for tomorrow (Friday).

Eddie Abelnica ended the day second in his Adelaide’s Cheapest Cars Falcon XB Coupe while the returning Glenn Seton – back in the category full-time this year – 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 Miedecke’s Lubrimaxx Camaro (run by local team Whiteline Racing) fourth and Brett Youlden’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day sixth having earlier had a brief moment of glory when he topped the first practice session – only to have his time withdrawn following its completion.

King – a race winner in Adelaide twelve months ago – 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 Racing’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 – 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 Richards’ AMC Javelin Brad Tilley’s ’64 Ford Mustang and Ian Palmer’s Pontiac Firebird.

Several of the brand-new IROC Challenge-specification Porsche 911 RSs will be racing in their own class this weekend – 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 – 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 finale’ features a grid determined by the combined points from races’ one and two.

Last year’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 – check your local guides for broadcast details.

Click here for the practice one session wrap & 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 / 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