February 28, 2015 | General


A MOVE that could have been straight from the movie Talladega Nights has seen Cameron Mason power his way to a maiden ENZED Touring Car Masters victory today on the streets of Adelaide.

A sunning start from the second row of the rolling start saw him jump from third to first before turn one to take a lead he would never lose en route to his first ever TCM victory following in the footsteps of his 2007-championship winning dad Steve.

For Mason it really was a case of ‘Slingshot: Engaged’ as he fired past the two drivers on the front row.

The 28-year-old too over his Dad Shelby Mustang last season and instantly ran regularly in the top five but a storming drive from third to first saw him record a maiden victory in sweltering Adelaide conditions today.

Taking advantage of the top 50% inversion of the field Mason made a superb start and rocketed to a lead he’d never lose.

Mason’s victory does remain provisional however pending a stewards hearing tomorrow morning following an alleged breech of regulations by the driver of the No. 3 car at the race start.

While Mason escaped to his early lead there was drama behind as Paul Freestone (Camaro) and Jason Gomersall (Torana) made contact while racing side-by-side through turn four on the opening lap.

Gomersall ended up with a substantial impact in the wall while the concertina effect caught out the mid-pack John Bowe Glenn Seton and Brett Youlden – Bowe and Seton both forced to retire thanks to the damage sustained.

After three laps behind the Safety Car Mason escaped to a comfortable lead on the restart and was never headed on his way to the flag.

A mighty battle for the minors engaged behind the runaway leader though in the end Brad Tilley who started on the front row just held out his brother Cameron for second at the line.

Tilley had started seventh however had stormed his Valliant Pacer through the field following the safety car and closed in on his older brother on the final lap just failing short of grabbing second place in the family affair.

In a battle pack that at times featured eight cars the Tilley brothers made smart moves with Brad defending his podium spot and Cameron attacking from behind as he worked his way through.

Eddie Abelnica stormed his way from eighth to fourth while Mark King improved one from sixth to fifth – a strong improvement from his 11th placed finish yesterday.

Keith Kassulke finished sixth in his XB Falcon hardtop while race one winner Andrew Miedecke stormed from 16th to seventh in just five laps of racing – including dispatching a remarkable seven cars on the opening lap of the action-packed race.

As he did in race one Gavin Bullas followed Miedecke through the field today and finished eighth with Paul Freestone and Brett Youlden completing the top-10.

Tony Hunter started his Sunliner RV Chevy Monza from the front row thanks to the field inversion however slipped through the field to finish 13th.

The third and final race at the Clipsal 500 will be held Sunday and feature a grid based on the combined results from races one and two.

The race will be broadcast LIVE on FOX Motorsport (Channel 506) on FOXTEL and delayed at 2:00pm local time on the Ten Network around Australia.

*At the time of publishing results remain provisional.


Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL Laps     Race.Time Fastest...Lap1     3  Hercules Engines               Cameron Mason (NSW)      Ford Mustang Fastbac 5000        8    17:02.3919   8 1:33.4515 2    28  Tilley Automotive              Brad Tilley (NSW)        Ford Mustang Coupe   4735        8    17:09.7143   8 1:34.2846 3    60  Tilleys Racing Equipment       Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390        8    17:09.8539   7 1:33.6011 4    48  Adelaides Cheapest Cars        Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800        8    17:10.2420   7 1:33.6736 5    85  Whiteline Transport Racing / K Mark King (QLD)          Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800        8    17:11.2718   7 1:33.7640 6    52  Outbound Racing / Keith Kassulke (QLD)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800        8    17:12.0800   7 1:33.6656 7    95  Whiteline Transport Racing / L Andrew Meidecke (NSW)    Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800        8    17:12.1988   7 1:33.1314 8    16  Rain City Racing               Gavin Bullas (VIC)       Ford Boss Mustang    5800        8    17:13.1548   7 1:32.8075*9    25  Freestones Transport/Freestone Paul Freestone (VIC)     Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800        8    17:13.3586   7 1:33.9717 10   56  Autolite Spark Plugs           Brett Youlden (VIC)      Holden  HQ Monaro Co 5800        8    17:13.9717   7 1:33.6095 11    2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       AMC Javelin          5890        8    17:17.5989   7 1:34.1084 12   75  Mopar Performance              Greg Crick (TAS)         Chrysler Charger E55 5570        8    17:19.0518   7 1:35.0391 13   10  Sunliner RV                    Tony Hunter (VIC)        Chevrolet Monza 2+2  5000        8    17:24.5918   5 1:36.3011 14   74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer (VIC)       Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800        8    17:25.6055   7 1:36.1548 15   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Holden  HQ Monaro Co 5800        8    17:25.6109   7 1:36.0991 16   22  PRT Race Fabrication           Nigel Benson (SA)        Holden  HQ Monaro Co 5800        8    17:25.7389   6 1:35.9430 17   33  SportsMed                      Greg Keene (SA)          Porsche 911 RS       3600        8    17:26.5161   8 1:36.0797 18   32  SportsMed                      Amanda Sparks (SA)       Porsche 911 RS       3600        8    17:27.9073   6 1:36.6391 19   20  Palmer Promotions              Ian Palmer (QLD)         Pontiac Trans-Am     5800        8    17:28.6700   7 1:35.9832 20    9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800        8    17:30.3203   5 1:33.4974 21   15  Hercules Engines/Bridgestone   Graham Stewart (SA)      Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800        8    17:33.7815   7 1:37.2710 22   13  Black Cat Racing               Rory O'Neill (SA)        Porsche 911 IROC     3600        8    17:48.8194   7 1:40.7986 23   50  Flo.gineering                  Carey McMahon (NSW)      Holden  Torana SL/R  5000        8    17:59.0816   5 1:35.5309 DNF  30  Thunder Road Racing Australia  Glenn Seton (QLD)        Ford Mustang Coupe   5000        1     2:07.4962   1 2:07.4962 DNF  35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    Holden  Torana SL/R  5047      DNF  18  Dunlop Super Dealers/Wilson Se John Bowe (VIC)          Ford Mustang Trans A 5800      DNF  17  Red Rock Winery                Rohan Little (VIC)       Porsche 911 IROC     3600