February 26, 2021 | General

Garwood takes maiden TCM pole in Bathurst qualifying

Adam Garwood has stormed to his first ever Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters pole position, topping the charts in qualifying for Round 2 of the series at Mount Panorama.

The 20 minute session was the first time the cars had hit the track after the scheduled sole 20-minute practice session was abandoned due to heavy fog.

It left the field heading into the session with zero laps, though qualifying ultimately run trouble free.

Garwood’s Whiteline Racing Camaro banked his quickest lap on his fourth tour of the 6.213km circuit, his 2m17.2871s best enough to edge out Ryan Hansford by 0.54 seconds.

The returning Ryal Harris qualified his EFS Camaro third with Steven Johnson leaping to fourth on his sixth and final lap of the session.

Garwood’s pole was the first of his TCM career and puts him in the box seat for breaking the current stalemate with joint championship leader John Bowe, after the pair went one-all at Symmons Plains.

Bowe qualified his Torana eighth, behind Marcus Zukanovic, Cameron Mason and Cameron Tilley, while Jamie Tilley and Jim Pollicina completed the top-10.

Remarkably, it was the first pole for both Whiteline Racing and a Chevrolet Camaro in TCM competition since Andrew Miedecke topped the charts in qualifying for the 2011 Sandown TCM round.

The TCM trophy race is set for 2:05pm and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo Sports.

Pos Car Competitor/Team Driver Vehicle              Cap Gap
1 85 Whiteline Racing Adam Garwood Chevrolet Camaro RS 2:17.2872*
2 6 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford Holden Torana A9X 2:17.8344 0:00.5472
3 58 EFS 4X4 Accessories Ryal Harris Chevrolet Camaro SS 2:18.1908 0:00.9036
4 17 Full Throttle Custom Garages Steve Johnson Ford XD Falcon 2:18.6848 0:01.3976
5 71 Action Motor Industries Marcus Zukanovic Ford Falcon XD 2:18.8608 0:01.5736
6 33 Toronto Hotel Cameron Mason Ford Mustang Trans A 2:19.2952 0:02.0080
7 60 Anglomoil Superior Lubricants Cameron Tilley Valiant Pacer 2:19.3712 0:02.0840
8 18 PAYNTER DIXON / Payce John Bowe Holden Torana SL/R 5 2:19.3841 0:02.0969
9 29 Gulf Oil Jamie Tilley Ford Mustang Coupe 2:21.4329 0:04.1457
10 7 MoCOMM Motorsport Comms Jim Pollicina Holden Torana A9X 2:21.4843 0:04.1971
11 67 Bilstein/JMG Racing Jeremy Gray Ford Capri Perana 2:21.7812 0:04.4940
12 9 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher Ford Falcon XY GT HO 2:22.2906 0:05.0034
13 95 Whiteline Racing Mark King Chevrolet Camaro SS 2:22.7154 0:05.4282
14 75 McGill Motorsport Aaron McGill Ford Falcon XW GT 2:26.9241 0:09.6369
15 74 Lyndways Builders Wayne Mercer Ford Falcon XY GT HO 2:27.8584 0:10.5712
16 12 Lighthouse Hotel Peter Burnitt Holden Torana A9X 2:29.8642 0:12.5770