BOWE BRESSINGTON STEWART THE ISLAND WINNERS
JOHN BOWE won both Sunday Touring Car Masters races at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit while Adam Bressington was the big winner in the ProAm class for the first time.
After battling with Glenn Seton in the second race Bowe battled through the field in the WAECO Trophy Race to edge out his margin over Eddie Abelnica in the TCM standings.
Thanks in part to his storming victory in race one on Saturday Abelnica finished second overall this weekend tied on points with Glenn Seton.
BressingtonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ProAm victory came thanks to a trio of strong performances that included top five finishes in the opening two races and a string of fastest laps in the trophy battle.
He beat out Jason Gomersall and Brett Youlden on the ProAm podium Ã¢â‚¬â€œ his first round win for Whiteline Racing since he re-joined the championship at Queensland Raceway last round.
Graham Stewart beat Adam Garwood by one point in the ProSports battle while Darren Beale finished third.
Bowe won race two after a race long battle with old rival Glenn Seton the pair finishing 1-2 for the third time in four races this year.
Abelnica led the field into turn one and held the top spot for the first lap before BoweÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Torana was able to work his way past at turn one on the second lap.
Seton too soon passed Abelnica Ã¢â‚¬â€œ who would ultimately drop to fourth place at the finish Ã¢â‚¬â€œ while Steven Johnson stormed his way to third place having started seventh.
Adam Bressington continued his strong form backing up fourth in race one with fifth in the second though his race was filled with battles in front and behind. At the same time as attacking Abelnica the Fabre / Whiteline Racing Camaro driver was busy defending advances from Jason Gomersall for much of the race.
Gomersall passed the Camaro on the final lap however was quickly re-passed by Bressington in a great bit of racing.
Brett Youlden Jim Richards Mark King and Tony Karanfilovski completed the top-10.
Brett Youlden and Mark King led the field away in the trophy race however it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take long for Bowe to work his way to the front and the lead of the race.
The highlight was a lengthy battle for second and third between Tony Karanfilovski and Steven Johnson Ã¢â‚¬â€œ one that waged for much of the 10-lap race.
Resolute in his defence Karanfilovski withheld the advances of Johnson (driving TonyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Falcon) and was able to finish second Ã¢â‚¬â€œ his second top three race finish of the year.
King and Youlden completed the top five with Glenn Seton Adam Garwood Jim Richards Rusty French and Leo Tobin completing the top 10.
Garwood won the ProSports trophy and Karanfilovski the ProAm.
The next round of the Touring Car Masters will see the series return to Mount Panorama alongside the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – with more details about that round to be announced this week.
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RACE 2 REPLAY
RACE 2 RESULTS
Pos Car Competitor/Team Driver Vehicle Cap CL Laps Race.Time Fastest...Lap1 18 Wilson Security / PAYCE John Bowe (Vic) Torana SLR 5000 5047 10 17:00.9385 3 1:40.7986r2 30 Thunder Road Racing Aust. Glenn Seton (Qld) Mustang Coupe 5000 10 17:01.3157 3 1:40.7450R3 17 Synergy Race Engines Steve Johnson (Qld) Falcon XY GTHO 5800 10 17:14.2485 3 1:42.1101 4 48 Melbourne's Cheapest Cars Eddie Abelnica (Vic) Ford Falcon XB 5800 10 17:14.8153 3 1:42.1170 5 95 Whiteline Transport Racing / F Adam Bressington (NSW) Chev Comaro SS 5800 10 17:15.3059 4 1:42.1881 6 35 iseek Racing Jason Gomersall (Qld) Torana SLR 5000 5000 10 17:15.8636 4 1:42.0888 7 56 Gabriel Shock Absorbers/ PIARC Brett Youlden (Vic) Monaro GTS CoupeHQ 5800 10 17:23.1932 6 1:43.1759 8 2 Shannons Insurance Jim Richards (Vic) Javelin 5890 10 17:23.5761 3 1:42.6932 9 85 Whiteline Transport Racing Mark King (Qld) Chev Camaro RS 5800 10 17:24.0745 6 1:42.4121 10 88 TIFS Warehousing & Distributio Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Mustang Trans Am 5800 10 17:38.2024 2 1:42.8973 11 4 Skye Sands Rusty French (Vic) Mustang Fastback 5800 10 17:42.9932 4 1:44.5669 12 46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin (Vic) Boss Mstang 5810 10 17:46.4048 3 1:45.4094 13 22 Aussie Muscle Car Run / PRT Graham Stewart (SA) Monaro GTS Coupe 5800 10 18:42.3383 2 1:50.7513 14 19 Tincone Industrial Services Darren Beale (Qld) Monaro GTS Coupe 5800 9 17:16.9265 7 1:53.1497 15 12 Giraffe Civil Contracting Adam Garwood (Tas) Torana A9X Hatchback 5000 9 18:24.1413 1 1:52.5735 DNF 74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer (Vic) Falcon XY GT HO 5800 5 8:57.8988 4 1:45.8535