August 1, 2015 | General


STEVEN JOHNSON has stormed to pole in qualifying for the Shannons Queensland Tourist Trophy this morning at Queensland Raceway edging out John Bowe by 0.2s to grab his second pole for 2015.

Johnson needed just five laps to score pole early in the session electing to sit out much of the second half of the session and save his tyres for race one later today.

Bowe charged hard late in the session and got to within 0.2s of Johnson’s record 1m15.9050s lap but ultimately missed out on pole for only the second time in the past thirteen rounds.

Chevrolet Camaro driver Andrew Miedecke was another to edge closer to the Johnson – Bowe pair his 1m16.51s lap also well underneath the existing qualifying record at the 3.1km circuit.

The points leader set the fastest first sector of qualifying but couldn’t complete the lap – however still looks racy in third.

Jim Richards qualified fourth thanks to a late charge from the Shannons AMC Javelin while 2013 QR Polesitter Keith Kassulke was fifth – comfortably his best starting position of the season so far.

Jason Gomersall sat inside the top three early in the session however was shuffled to 6th as qualifying progressed – matching his best result of the season set at Darwin recently.

Mark King Glenn Seton Eddie Abelnica and Tony Karanfilovski completed the top-10 with Greg Crick and Andrew Fisher just missing out on a berth inside the ten.

Just 1.6 seconds covered the top-10 and one second blanket the group from third to 10th showcasing the close nature of the field this weekend.

Queenslander Charlie O’Brien was 13th outright and first of the local TransAm brigade in his Pontiac Firebird out qualifying Ian Palmer’s similar TCM-spec car.

A host of the TransAm drivers reported personal-best lap times this morning rising to the competition on offer from the TCM cars.

Cameron Tilley qualified 16th in his Valliant Pacer – but won’t be overly concerned about his starting position if this year’s results are anything to go by.

The Sydney driver has a season-best stating position of 10th – at Darwin – this year but has finished in front of his starting position in every race bar one (he started and finished 15th in race one at Winton this year) this season.

A last minute addition to the field Cameron Mason qualified 16th in the ’69 Chevrolet Camaro he shares with Dad Steve – the pair electing to compete at short notice this weekend.

Retrieving the car from the panel shop late last night the pair travelled up from Newcastle overnight and arrived at the circuit at 6:30 this morning in order to take part.

Race one of the Shannons Queensland tourist Trophy gets underway at 12:50 today.


________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL   Laps   Fastest...Lap        Gap1    17  PAYCE/Wilson Security          Steven Johnson (QLD)     Ford Mustang Trans A 5800          5     5 1:15.9050R 2    18  Dunlop Super/ Wilson Sec/ PAYC John Bowe (VIC)          Holden Torana SL/R 5 5047          9     9 1:16.1927r 0:00.28773    95  Whiteline Transport / Lubrimax Andrew Miedecke (NSW)    Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800          8     8 1:16.5191r 0:00.61414     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       AMC Javelin          5890         11    10 1:16.8203  0:00.91535    52  Outbound Racing / Keith Kassulke (QLD)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800          7     6 1:16.8645  0:00.95956    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    Holden Torana SL/R 5 5047         13     6 1:16.9088  0:01.00387    85  Whiteline Transport/ King Spri Mark King (QLD)          Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800          5     5 1:17.0031  0:01.09818    30  Thunder Road Racing Team Austr Glenn Seton (QLD)        Ford Mustang Coupe   5000          8     5 1:17.0892  0:01.18429    48  Brisbane's Cheapest Cars       Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800         10     8 1:17.4252  0:01.520210   88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 5800         10     4 1:17.5309  0:01.625911   75  Mopar Performance              Greg Crick (TAS)         Chrysler Charger E55 5570         12     5 1:17.9130  0:02.008012    9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800          9     7 1:18.3784  0:02.473413    3  Fataz Competition Engines      Charlie O'Brien (QLD)    Pontriac Firebitrd   5800          6     6 1:18.3796  0:02.474614   20  Storage King                   Ian Palmer (QLD)         Pontiac Trans Am     5800         10     3 1:18.8876  0:02.982615   60  Glennan's Transport            Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390         11    11 1:19.0153  0:03.110316   15  Hercules Engines               Cameron Mason (NSW)      Chevrolet Camaro     5800          9     9 1:19.6460  0:03.741017   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Holden HQ Monaro     5810         11    10 1:19.7045  0:03.799518   72  Fataz Competition Engines      Ian Woodward (QLD)       Chevrolet Camaro     5800         10     5 1:19.7276  0:03.822619   25  Angliss Meats                  Brett Curran (QLD)       Ford Shelby Fastback 5800          6     6 1:20.8255  0:04.920520   99  Loaders 'R' Us                 Michael Uebergang (QLD)  Ford Mustang Coupe   5800          9     6 1:21.0616  0:05.156621   69  Tenkate Plant Hire             Anthony Tenkate (QLD)    Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800         12     4 1:21.3750  0:05.470022   68  Loaders 'R' Us                 Alwyn Bishop (QLD)       Ford Mustang         5800          6     5 1:23.5978  0:07.692823    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800          4     3 1:23.8713  0:07.966324   22  Collins Hay                    Mike Collins (QLD)       Ford Mustang         5000          7     6 1:26.6160  0:10.7110