October 6, 2017 | General


STEVE JOHNSON has smashed his own Touring Car Masters qualifying record to take an emphatic pole position for round six of the series this morning at Mount Panorama.

In what turned out to be a shortened nine-minute dash for pole Johnson’s fourth flyer saw him post a stunning 2m16.6160s lap to secure his sixth TCM pole position by more than a full second.

The stunning lap was a full 1.5 seconds beneath his own Bathurst qualifying record set two years ago and exactly one second faster than next best Adam Bressington.

The Whiteline Racing Camaro driver was also under Johnson’s existing benchmark though his otherwise impressive 2m17.70s lap placing the title contender in front of John Bowe on the grid.

Bowe was two-tenths further back from the Camaro in third and was also under Johnson’s existing 2m18.16s benchmark however traffic at turn one saw him abandon his final lap and any chance to improve.

Adam Garwood qualified fourth in his Holden Torana his 2m19.26s lap edging out Ryan Hansford’s similar Torana for a spot on the second row of the grid.

Jim Richards qualified sixth in the Shannons Insurance Ford Falcon Sprint while Andrew Fisher will line-up seventh in the Jesus Racing GTHO.

Brad Tilley was clocked at 283km/hr on Conrod straight en route to eighth place on the return of the GTHO while Mark King was a strong ninth in the second entry from Whiteline Racing the HQ Monaro continuing to improve in the capable Queenslander’s hands.

Eddie Abelnica competed the top-10 in the Melbourne’s Cheapest Cars XB Falcon while Tony Karanfilovski (11th) and an impressive Wayne Mercer (12th) qualified just outside the top-10.  

The session was red flagged before a majority of the field could set a flying lap when Terry Lawlor put his Lady Luck Racing Mustang into the gravel at McPhillamy Park.

In a wild moment the ’64 Mustang slid sideways past the McPhillamy Park gates but avoided any contact with anything other than the gravel trap at the top of Mount Panorama.

Buried deep in the sand it took some time to recover the car – allowing just seven minutes of green flag running for drivers to complete a lap at the end of the session.

Cameron Tilley qualified the Anglomoil Valliant Pacer in 14th position – a remarkable effort given the car missed both practice sessions yesterday.

The Sydney driver was waiting for a replacement head to arrive from the United States the new component arriving at the team’s Brookvale Sydney workshop at 11pm last night after lengthy delays in Customs while en route.

The team quickly installed the components and loaded the car straight onto the trailer arriving at Bathurst early this morning.

Bruce Williams’ challenging weekend continued in the AC Delco Torana managing a 2m26.3s lap to qualify 17th.


Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL   Laps   Fastest...Lap        Gap1    17  Synergy Race Engines           Steve Johnson (QLD)      1971 Ford Falcon XY  5800          5     4 2:16.6160R 2    95  Whiteline Racing / Fabre Austr Adam Bressington (NSW)   Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800c         5     4 2:17.7019r 0:01.08593    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe (VIC)          Holden  Torana SL/R  5047c         5     4 2:17.8764r 0:01.26044    12  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood (TAS)       Holden  Torana A9X   5000c         5     4 2:19.2670  0:02.65105     6  Multispares Racing             Ryan Hansford (QLD)      Holden  Torana SL/R  5000c         5     4 2:19.9996  0:03.38366     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       Ford Falcon Sprint   5000c         5     5 2:20.1893  0:03.57337     9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      Ford Falcon XY GT HO 5800c         5     4 2:20.4940  0:03.87808    28  Speedgas / Tilley Auto Garage  Brad Tilley (NSW)        Ford Falcon XY GT HO 5800c         5     4 2:20.5446  0:03.92869    85  Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King (QLD)          Holden  Monaro GTS C 5800c         5     4 2:21.7810  0:05.165010   48  Melbourne's Cheapest Cars      Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800c         5     5 2:22.1865  0:05.570511   88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 5800c         5     4 2:22.9468  0:06.330812   74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer (VIC)       Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800c         5     3 2:23.5241  0:06.908113   25  Maxi-Trans Trailers            Paul Freestone (VIC)     Chevrolet Camaro     5800c         5     5 2:23.9112  0:07.295214   60  Glennan Transport/ANGLOMOIL Lu Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390c         4     4 2:24.1394  0:07.523415    3  Hercules Engines / Lucky's Hot Cameron Mason (NSW)      Ford Mustang Fastbac 5000c         5     5 2:24.4392  0:07.823216    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800c         5     4 2:26.2125  0:09.596517    5  ACDelco                        Bruce Williams (VIC)     Holden  Torana SL/R  5000c         5     3 2:26.3363  0:09.720318   97  Johns Furniture Removals       Allen Boughen (QLD)      Mercury Comet        4736c         5     3 2:27.7450  0:11.129019   72  GFR Industries                 Geoff Fane (QLD)         Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800c         5     4 2:27.7987  0:11.182720    8  Lady Luck Racing               Terry Lawlor (NSW)       Ford Mustang         5000c         4     3 2:28.1959  0:11.579921   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Ford Boss Mustang    5000c         5     5 2:28.5999  0:11.983922   91  Performance 9 / Werks Garage   Stan Adler (QLD)         Porsche 911 IROC     3600c         4     4 2:37.4642  0:20.848223    7  Wisely Motorsport              Bob Wisely (QLD)         Holden  Torana A9X   5000c         4     4 2:37.9821  0:21.366124   19  Tincone Industrial Services    Darren Beale (QLD)       Holden  Monaro GTS C 5800c         4     4 2:38.2667  0:21.650725    1  Hawk Brake Pads                Dave Roberts (USA)       Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800c         4     4 2:40.6716  0:24.055626   77  Red Rock Winery / Werks Garage Rohan Little (VIC)       Porsche 911 IROC     3600c         4     4 2:41.3082  0:24.692227   11  Vic Roads Custom Plates / Cast Melinda Price (VIC)      Ford Falcon XA GT    5800c         3     3 2:46.8793  0:30.2633