July 24, 2015 | General


THE BOWE and Johnson show will continue during round five of the ENZED Touring Car Masters series at Queensland Raceway next week.

Racings ‘first family’ will be reunited under the John Bowe Racing banner once again at the V8 Supercars Coates Hire Ipswich Supersprint Steven Johnson to take the wheel of Bowe’s 1969 Ford Mustang for the Shannons Queensland Tourist Trophy after winning the most recent round in Darwin.

Having been beaten by his own car in Darwin last month Bowe will be keen to get one back on Johnson when he returns to the wheel of the Holden Torana SL/R 5000 in which he won the Winton round in earlier this year.

Having won two races in Darwin – netting him the round victory in the process – and having dominated all three races in Tasmania earlier this year whilst deputising for Bowe Johnson said he was keen to return to the wheel of ‘Sally’ on home turf.

“I’m stoked to be able to go head to head with JB again this time in my home state of Queensland†said Johnson.

“We’ve gained some momentum and understanding of ‘Sally’ in the TCM category and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I must admit it’s tough up the front - I’ve got quality racers like JB running so strongly in Gary O’Brien’s Bendigo Retro Muscle Car Torana with Andy Miedecke Jim Richards and Greg Crick also dialling their cars in nicely.

“Queensland Raceway has been pretty good to me in the past and to race in front of my home crowd in a ‘69 Mustang – with great support from Payce Wilson Security WM Waste Knox Transfer Station TG Motorsport and Herrod Motorsport – it’s really exciting for me. It’s been a few years since I’ve competed at QR. I’ll have a lot of personal friends there watching so I better do well or I’ll never hear the end of it.â€Â

Johnson will arrive back in Australia just in time for his third TCM round of the year having jetted off to Europe earlier this week for a flying visit to an iconic European endurance race.

“After a weeklong trip to Belgium to have a look at the Spa 24 hour I get back just in time for Friday practise so hopefully jet lag won’t be an issue I just want to race.

“A personal thank you to our dear family friend John Bowe he’s almost my older brother … it means a lot to our family to be reunited after so many years.â€Â

For his part Bowe – who edged Johnson for pole in Darwin but couldn’t topple him for the round victory – said he was keen to redress the balance and beat his own car at the vastly different Queensland Raceway.

“If I wanted an easy time (to race) there’s no way I would do this – I love the Johnson family and Stevie is probably the most naturally talented driver I’ve ever met in over 40 years of racing
 Bowe enthused.

“It’s great fun and really enjoyable for me I love the challenge of trying to beat someone of his calibre even if he’s in my car!

“I love and believe in Touring Car Masters I genuinely believe Stevie J adds incredible value to TCM.. I’m not so sure the other drivers share our/my enthusiasm though. Just for the record Mustang Sally won her 65th TCM race in hands of Stevie’s J at Darwin in Race 2. She’s truly legendry in my eyes.â€Â

The fifth round of the popular Muscle Car series will be bolstered by the addition of a host of local competitors from the Queensland TransAm Series eight of the local runners to join the grid next week including legendary Bathurst veterans Charlie O’Brien and John English.

Four different drivers have topped the outright ProMaster class standings so far this season with Andrew Miedecke’s Lubrimaxx Chevrolet Camaro the latest to take the points lead.

Miedecke second-placed Jim Richards’ AMC Javelin and Greg Crick’s Chrysler Charger in third are covered by just 25 points heading into the second half of the season.

Former points leader two-time champ Gavin Bullas will miss the Queensland round following the engine dramas his Ford Mustang endured at Hidden Valley.

Valliant Pacer star Cameron Tilley holds a slightly more comfortable lead in the ProAm standings over Jesus Racing’s Andrew Fisher while Holden Monaro racer Leo Tobin has a comfortable lead in the ProSports class standings after four rounds.

The Shannons Queensland Tourist Trophy will be conducted over three races at the Coates Hire Ipswich Supersprint on July 31-August 2 at Queensland Raceway.

Every session will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Motorsport on channel 506.


Shannons Queensland Tourist Trophy

No. Sponsor Name Driver Name State Year Make Model Colour Cap
2 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards VIC 1972 AMC Javelin Grey/Green 5890cc
3 Fataz Competition Engines Charlie O’Brien QLD 1970 Pontiac Firebird White 5800cc
4 Skye Sands Rusty French VIC 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback Black 5800cc
8 Faranda Automotive Service Martin O’Kane QLD 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Blue 5800cc
9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher NSW 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO Grey/Red 5800cc
17 PAYCE/Wilson Security Steven Johnson QLD 1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am Blue/Yellow 5800cc
18 Dunlop Super Dealers/ Wilson Security/ PAYCE John Bowe VIC 1974 Holden  Torana SL/R 5000 Blue/Yellow 5047cc
20 Storage King Ian Palmer QLD 1970 Pontiac Trans-Am White/Blue 5800cc
22 Collins Hay Mike Collins QLD 1965 Ford Mustang Red 5000cc
25 Angliss Meats Brett Curran QLD 1967 Ford Shelby Fastback White/Red 5800cc
30 Thunder Road Racing Team Australia Glenn Seton  QLD 1964 Ford Mustang Coupe Black/Gold 5000cc
35 iseek Racing  Jason Gomersall QLD 1974 Holden  Torana SL/R 5000 White/Blue 5047cc
46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin VIC 1972 Holden  HQ Monaro Orange 5810cc
48 Brisbane’s Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica VIC 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe Red 5800cc
52 Outbound Racing / Keith Kassulke QLD 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe Blue/Silver 5800cc
60 Glennan’s Transport Cameron Tilley NSW 1969 Valiant Pacer Blue 4390cc
68 Loaders ‘R’ Us Alwyn Bishop QLD 1968 Ford Mustang Grabber Orange 5800cc
69 Tenkate Plant Hire Anthony Tenkate QLD 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback Green 5800cc
72 Fataz Competition Engines Ian Woodward QLD 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Orange 5800cc
75 Mopar Performance Greg Crick TAS 1973 Chrysler Charger E55 Black/Blue 5570cc
85 Whiteline Transport Racing / King Springs Mark King QLD 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS Red/Black/White 5800cc
88 TIFS – Warehousing & Distribution Tony Karanfilovski NSW 1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am Orange 5800cc
95 Whiteline Transport Racing / Lubrimaxx Andrew Miedecke NSW 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Black/Blue 5800cc
99 Loaders ‘R’ Us John English QLD 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe Blue 5800cc