GARRY’S WINTON SUPERCARS SUPPORT WRAP – SATURDAY
TOURING CAR MASTERS
JOHN BOWE stormed from the back of the field to win the Waeco/Dometic Touring Car Masters Trophy Race at the Winton Super Sprint.
Usually the last race of the TCM, Bowe started the reverse-grid affair 23rd in his Holden Torana A9X and quickly worked his way towards the front before taking a victory over Auto Action’s own Bruce Williams (Torana SL/R 5000) and Eddie Abelnica (Ford Falcon XB Coupe).
Cameron Mason (Ford Mustang) made the best possible start and led the first half of the race, followed by Wayne Mercer (Ford Falcon XY GTHO) and Leo Tobin (Mustang) followed.
Williams starred, jumping from 17th to 8th on the opening lap. He, Mason and Bowe engaged in a torrid battle with Williams passing both as they ran three-wide into turn 11 on the seventh of twelve laps.
Bowe ultimately edged away to take his 88th career TCM race victory. Mason finished fourth, ahead of Wayne Mercer (XY) and Jason Gomersall (A9X).
KUMHO V8 TOURING CARS
IT WAS a lights-to-flag effort for Jack Smith to take his first Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series race victory, the first race of the Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Car Series’ second round.
From pole position, the Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore VE driver survived a lengthy safety car period and then pulled away from Tyler Greenbury (Eggleston Motorsport ex-888 VE) and Jordon Boys (Image Racing ex-Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcon FG) to take a strong victory.
The race came under the safety car on the opening lap, brought about when Aaron Seton (Falcon BF) parked in the gravel at turn 3, with damage after contact with David Wight (ex-Paul Morris Motorsport VZ) in the opening chicane.
The incident initially triggered when cars checked up when there was contact between Josh Smith (FG) and Tony Evangelou (BF).
THE OPENING race in round one of the recently revived V8 Ute Racing Series saw Marcus Zukanovic cross the line first. The 2006 series winner, driving a Ford Falcon, was third in the initial laps.
He was chasing Peters Motorsport team mates Ryal Harris and Mason Barbera, and seized the opportunity to pass both Fords at turn 12. There was contact between Zukanovic and Barbera who spun off. Meanwhile Harris slowed dramatically, his Falcon going into limp mode, He shut down the engine and restarted to continue.
Second went to Kim Jane (Holden Commodore) who nabbed the runner-up position off Matthew Splatt (Commodore) at the last corner on the last lap while fourth Keven Stoopman (Falcon) finished fourth. Final results were still pending at the end of the day.
FORMULA FORDS became a non-event with two distinctly separate accidents within metres of each other on the opening lap, bringing out the red flags.
Initially Kent-engine class combatants Simon Hodges and Mitchell Maddren tangled approaching turn 1 with the former’s Spectrum ending up on top of the latter’s Van Diemen.
Just out of the same corner Nic Carroll (Spectrum) tagged Adrian Lazzaro causing him to spin. Harri Jones spun his Spectrum in their wake and Liam McLellan, in another Spectrum, had contact with the prone Carroll while others ensuing, took avoiding action.
The race did not restart, being declared a non-race and the incidents are under further investigation.
Date posted: May 20, 2017