BOWE RETURNS SERVE TO GIVE TORANA A BATHURST WIN
JOHN BOWE has got one back on the guy racing his own car by taking victory in the second ENZED Touring Car Masters race at Mount Panorama this weekend.
Bowe beat race one winner Steven Johnson into turn one and was never headed in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s six-lap race despite constant pressure from the ever-present Ford Mustang he owns in his rear view mirrors.
Eddie Abelnica started and finished third in his SydneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cheapest Cars XB Falcon Coupe applying the pressure to Johnson early in the race before a two-lap Safety Car that set up a one-lap dash to the line.
The Safety Car was called when Paul Freestone ran off into the sand at MurrayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Corner bogging his FreestoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Diner Chevrolet Camaro in the sand.
On the restart Abelnica went from attacking Johnson to defending from a flying Brett Youlden and the AMC Javelin of Jim Richards as the trio stormed up Mountain Straight.
Running wide out of turn one Abelnica was slower out of the corner which allowed Richards to close on the big red Falcon.
Youlden however also took advantage and went to the inside of both drivers in a bold move into turn two Ã¢â‚¬â€œ managing to stop the car and wrestle not only fourth place away from Richards but third from Abelnica too.
His time on the podium was brief however as AbelnicaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s superior run out of GriffinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bend allowed him to pass the HQ Monaro and grab his spot back.
In front of the entertaining fight for third Johnson attempted a challenge on Bowe however fell just short Ã¢â‚¬â€œ though he did re-set his own Touring Car Masters Bathurst lap record on the final lap.
The new benchmark stands at 1m18.5062s ahead of tomorrowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s third and final race of the weekend.
Behind the entertaining battle in the top five Mark King continued his consistent weekend by finishing sixth despite having to hold out the race-long advances of the very quick Ford Mustang driven by Cameron Mason.
Mason pressured King for much of the race however ceded his seventh position to Glenn Seton on the final lap Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the former Touring Car champion having started twelfth following his race one turn one dramas.
Tony Karanfilovski and Rusty French completed the top 10 while Jason Gomersall finished 11th from the back of the grid following his hefty accident on Mountain Straight in race one.
In a classic Bathurst late-night rebuild GomersallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s iSeek Racing crew fixed broken panels chassis rails and more to get the Torana back on track for today.
Two drivers failed to finish the race Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Tony Hunter retired with broken rear suspension suffered at the top of Mount Panorama while Andrew Fisher retired his Jesus Racing GTHO Falcon to pit lane with apparent fuel pressure problems.
Lubrimaxx / Whiteline Racing driver Andrew Miedecke did not start race two.
The third and final race of the TCM Mountain Masters presented by Shannons Rare Spares and ENZED will open proceedings on Sunday morning ahead of the 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
TCM MOUNTAIN MASTERS – RACE 2
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pos Car Competitor/Team Driver Vehicle Cap CL Laps Race.Time Fastest...Lap1 18 Dunlop Super Dealers/ Wilson S John Bowe (VIC) 1974 Holden Torana 5047 6 16:33.7406 6 2:18.8893r2 17 PAYCE/Wilson Security Steven Johnson (QLD) 1969 Ford Mustang Tr 5800 6 16:34.1279 6 2:18.5062R3 48 Sydneys Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica (VIC) 1974 Ford Falcon XB 5800 6 16:35.9637 3 2:19.6562 4 56 Gabriel Shock Absorbers Brett Youlden (VIC) 1972 Holden HQ Mona 5800 6 16:37.1917 6 2:20.1078 5 2 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards (VIC) 1972 AMC Javelin 5890 6 16:37.8147 3 2:19.8914 6 85 Whiteline Transport Racing / K Mark King (QLD) 1970 Chevrolet Camar 5800 6 16:39.3317 2 2:21.2786 7 30 Thunder Road Racing Australia Glenn Seton (QLD) 1964 Ford Mustang Co 5000 6 16:40.0976 2 2:20.8109 8 3 Hercules Engines Cameron Mason (NSW) 1966 Ford Mustang Fa 5000 6 16:40.4530 2 2:21.5703 9 88 TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) 1969 Ford Mustang Tr 5800 6 16:41.3877 6 2:22.6746 10 4 Skye Sands Rusty French (VIC) 1970 Ford Mustang Fa 5800 6 16:42.0673 6 2:22.7579 11 35 iseek Racing Jason Gomersall (QLD) 1974 Holden Torana 5047 6 16:46.6708 6 2:25.8094 12 11 Lion Mill Solutions/Ultra Perf Tony Edwards (VIC) 1973 Ford Falcon XA 5768 6 16:49.2183 3 2:27.7267 13 74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer (VIC) 1971 Ford Falcon XY 5800 6 16:50.6025 3 2:27.8937 14 60 Glennan Transport / Tilleys Ra Cameron Tilley (NSW) 1969 Valiant Pacer 4390 6 16:50.6402 3 2:28.2617 15 90 Kalus Kenny Intelex Sven Burchartz (VIC) 1974 Porsche 911 IRO 3600 6 16:51.8506 3 2:28.3922 16 46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin (VIC) 1972 Holden HQ Mona 5810 6 16:54.3877 6 2:30.5214 17 7 Red Rock Winery Rohan Little (VIC) 1974 Porsche 911 IRO 3600 6 17:02.8380 6 2:36.9418 18 12 Giraffe Civil Contracting Adam Garwood (TAS) 1974 Holden Torana 5047 6 17:36.3311 6 2:27.7095 19 25 Freestones Transport/Freestone Paul Freestone (VIC) 1968 Chevrolet Camar 5800 5 16:50.2763 2 2:22.7786 DNF 9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher (NSW) 1971 Ford Falcon XY 5800 3 7:19.6451 2 2:21.7163 DNF 10 Sunliner RV Tony Hunter (VIC) 1971 Chevrolet Monza 5000 1 2:31.1838
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