FISHER SECURES MAIDEN WIN AS BOWE TAKES SANDOWN
JOHN BOWE returned serve on old rival Jim Richards in SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s second race in round two of the 2016 Touring Car Masters while Andrew Fisher charged to his first race win today at Sandown Raceway.
They were the key stories from the Shannons-supported second round of the series at the classic Victorian venue.
After an epic battle in SaturdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opening race Bowe made the better start in race two in Sunday morning and took an early race lead heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d never lose pulling away and re-setting his own lap record on the way to the race win. Ã‚Â
Richards then dropped into the clutches of Steven Johnson the pair racing side-by-side up SandownÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s long back straight before the Synergy Race Engines GTHO was able to slip past the Shannons Javelin.
It was classic racing from two of the fastest cars in a straight line at Sandown.
Tony Karanfilovski backed up his race one fourth place with the same result in race two with Mark King charging forward five places to climb from 10th on the grid to fifth.
Eddie Abelnica finished sixth while Greg Ritter and Glenn Seton stormed from the back of the field to seventh and eighth respectively following their race one dramas.
Jason Gomersall and Andrew Fisher survived an early clash at turn one to complete the top 10.
The reversed-grid Waeco Trophy Race saw the Jesus Racing Falcon of Andrew Fisher take an early lead from second on the grid the big GHTO untouched out in front en route to score the first win for the popular driver since joining theTouring Car Masters Series.
Mark King backed up his strong Sunday form with second in the King Springs / Whiteline Racing Camaro while John Bowe stormed from what was essentially last on the grid to third in his Torana.
Glenn Seton and Eddie Abelnica completed the top five in a fantastic race that saw sensational racing as some of the faster cars worked their way through the pack.
Adam Garwood finished sixth outright and was also the ProSport winner of the Waeco trophy race.
Starting from pole Cameron Tilley was initially swamped as the big horsepower cars stormed past his Anglomoil-supported Valliant Pacer Ã¢â‚¬â€œ though the Sydney racer was later able to reassert his position in the race to grab seventh.
Paul Freestone Jason Gomersall and Steven Johnson completed the top-10.
The highly competitive round at Sandown has closed up the points standings in all three of the major TCM classes after two of eight rounds this year.
John Bowe moves to the lead of the ProMaster standings holding a narrow lead over former teammate Steven Johnson and the ever consistent Eddie Abelnica.
Round one winner Greg Ritter has slipped to fifth in the standings Ã¢â‚¬â€œ behind Mark King Ã¢â‚¬â€œ following his challenging weekend at Sandown that included two non-finishes.
iSeek Racing Holden Torana driver Jason Gomersall now narrowly leads the ProAm standings ahead of Clipsal 500 victory Paul Freestone Andrew FisherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s storming performance at Sandown leaping him to third in the standings.
Tassie teenager Adam Garwood leads ProSports after two rounds and a series of outright-contending performances across the first two rounds of the season.
The next round of the Touring Car Masters will see the series travel to regional Victoria joining the V8 Supercars at Winton Motor Raceway near Benella on May 20-21.
Coverage from this weekendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s round at Sandown will be shown on SBS Speedweek in coming weeks.
RACE 3 RESULTS
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pos Car Competitor/Team Driver Vehicle Cap CL Laps Race.Time Fastest...Lap1 9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher (NSW) Ford Falcon XY GT 5800 10 12:59.5422 4 1:16.9093 2 85 Whiteline Racing/King Springs Mark King (QLD) Chevrolet Camaro RS 5800 10 13:00.7423 5 1:16.9591 3 18 Wilson Security / PAYCE John Bowe (VIC) Holden Torana S/LR 5 5047 10 13:02.5572 8 1:15.3808*4 30 Thunder Road Racing Team Glenn Seton (QLD) Ford Mustang Coupe 5000 10 13:03.0635 8 1:15.7451 5 48 Melbournes Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica (VIC) Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800 10 13:16.8070 4 1:17.7076 6 12 Giraffe Civil Contracting Adam Garwood (TAS) Holden Torana S/LR 5 5047 10 13:16.9688 3 1:17.7938 7 60 Glennan Transport Cameron Tilley (NSW) Valiant Pacer 4390 10 13:17.3484 4 1:17.6411 8 25 Freestones Transport Paul Freestone (VIC) Chevrolet Camaro SS 5800 10 13:18.6497 6 1:18.0990 9 35 iseek Racing Jason Gomersall (QLD) Holden Torana S/LR 5 5000 10 13:19.0784 8 1:17.4843 10 17 Synergy Race Engines Steve Johnson (QLD) Ford Falcon XY GT 5800 10 13:20.1293 10 1:18.3212 11 74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer (VIC) Ford Falcon XY GT 5800 10 13:20.4334 4 1:18.1614 12 4 Skye Sands Rusty French (VIC) Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800 10 13:20.9868 2 1:18.7731 13 88 TIFS Warehousing & Distributio Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800 10 13:21.8822 4 1:18.4645 14 2 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards (VIC) Ford Falcon Sprint 5000 10 13:32.7766 4 1:17.3402 15 21 Giraffe Civil Contracting Greg Garwood (TAS) Ford Capri Perana 5000 10 13:33.0366 3 1:18.7656 16 97 John's Furniture Removals Allen Boughen (QLD) Mercury Comet 4736 10 13:47.0354 3 1:21.3177 DNF 10 Sunliner RV Greg Ritter (VIC) Chevrolet Monza 5800 7 9:13.4322 4 1:16.6120 DNF 46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin (VIC) Ford Boss Mustang 5000 7 9:44.3497 5 1:20.3849 DNF 22 Aussie Muscle Car Run Graham Stewart (SA) Holden Monaro GTS Co 5800
RACE 2 RESULTS