April 3, 2016 | General


JOHN BOWE returned serve on old rival Jim Richards in Sunday’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 Saturday’s opening race Bowe made the better start in race two in Sunday morning and took an early race lead he’d never lose pulling away and re-setting his own lap record on the way to the race win.  

Richards then dropped into the clutches of Steven Johnson the pair racing side-by-side up Sandown’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 – 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 – behind Mark King – 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 Fisher’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 weekend’s round at Sandown will be shown on SBS Speedweek in coming weeks.


________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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