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Massive crash in the opening Touring Car Masters race - Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

Massive crash in the opening Touring Car Masters race – Photo: Rhys Vandersyde


RACING ON day three of the Rose City Trophy, round two of the Touring Car Masters at Winton was off to an inauspicious start with a multi-car crash in race two.

Pole sitter Jason Gomersall (Holden Torana A9X Hatchback) beating John Bowe (A9X four-door) to the first sequence of corners before getting out of shape and crashing into Eddie Abelnica’s Ford Falcon XB Coupe and triggering the melee that involved several more cars.

Bowe, Mark King’s Chev Camaro, the Porsches of Sven Burchartz and Bernie Stack, as well as the Ford Mustang of Tony Karanfilovski all sustained considerable damage. Of those only Abelnica could affect repairs and remarkably went on to win the round with his second place in race three.

Abelnica won the start and held off Adam Garwood (A9X) for several laps before the latter passed the big Ford to take the win. Abelnica who won the Pro Masters division, held off Pro Am winner Adam Bressington (Camaro) for second while Ryan Hansford (Torana SL/R 5000) was fourth.

The latter pair was embroiled in a lengthy dice that also included eventually fifth placed Cameron Tilley and the SL/R 5000 driven by Bruce Williams which was sidelined when it dropped an oil line. Pro Sports honours went to Michael Cannon (Falcon XY GTHO) and the IROC race and round win went to Stan Adler (Porsche 911).

Series Points:

Pro Masters – Bowe 225, King 193, Johnson 187.

Pro Am – Bressington 264, Fisher 200, Hansford 200.

Pro Sports – Tobin 167, Beale 156, Little 148.

IROC – Little 258, Palyaris 254, Stack 226.


Jack Smith won Kumho V8 Touring Cars - Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

Jack Smith won Kumho V8 Touring Cars – Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

BRAD JONES Racing has had some remarkable success at Winton Raceway and can now add another achievement to the books by becoming the first team to win a Supercar, a Development Series and now a Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Car Series round.

With a second place and a win today, Jack Smith (BJR Holden Commodore VE) won round two overall ahead of round one winner Jordan Boys (Image Racing ex-Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcon FG) and Michael Kennedy in his ex-Prodrive Racing Australia FG).

Race two (the first of the day) was won by Tyler Greenbury (Eggleston Motorsport ex-888 VE) narrowly from Smith while Kennedy wrestled third away from Josh Smith (Image FG) in the latter stages. Shadowing them across the line was Boys while further back, Chris Smerdon (ex-SBR FG) held off Jon McCorkindale (ex-SBR Falcon BF) and Jim Pollicina (ex-Tasman Motorsport VE) for sixth.

Greenbury was the pacesetter in the third race two until the wheels fell off . . . well one actually . . . just after half distance. Jack Smith won ahead of Boys and Kennedy with a gap to Josh Smith, McCorkindale and Pollicina team mate Michael Caine who was sidelined in race two with alternator failure.

Series Points: Jack Smith 239, Boys 209, Anderson 178, Greenbury 155, McCorkindale 152, Josh Smith 141.


Kim Jane won the V8 Utes round - Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

Kim Jane won the V8 Utes round – Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

TWO SECOND places today were good enough to get category stalwart Kim Jane a round two victory in the V8 Ute Racing Series at Winton today, and the series lead in the resurrected series.

Race two featured the traditional chook lotto draw for a reverse grid start where race one winner Marcus Zukanovic drew number 4, meaning he would start on the outside of row two alongside Jane and behind Keven Stoopman and New Zealander Matthew Spratt.

Spratt (Holden Commodore) grabbed the initial lead before fellow Holden driver Jane took over the front running on the second lap.

Charging his way up the order was Mason Barbera (Ford Falcon) and when he moved to second place, hounded Jane to ultimately get past and take the win. Third was Zukanovic ahead of Barbera team mate Ryal Harris with Mick Sieders coming home fifth.

In the last, Jane led early and while he resisted Barbera’s moves to get by, finally relented to the race two winner again. But he held off Harris for the remainder as Spratt and Stoopman finished fourth and fifth.

Series Points: Jane 165, Barbera 162, Zukanovic 153, Stoopman 140, Harris 139, Sieders 138.


The Formula Ford field at Winton - Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

The Formula Ford field at Winton – Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

NABBING HIS race win in the second of three at Winton gave Aaron Cameron the third round victory in the Australian Formula Ford Series. Meanwhile second overall for Max Vidau who won the third race, has given him an extended lead in the Duratec series.

In race two, Cameron had a slow start in his Spectrum and lost out to Hunter McElrea and Vidau but fought back to pass both the Team Sonic Mygales. Jayden Ojeda (Borland Racing Spectrum) edged out Cooper Murray (Spectrum) for fourth while Adrian Lazzaro (Spectrum) was next.

Vidau led all the way in race three and managed to hold Cameron at bay. After a safety car for an incident between Angelo Mouzouris (Specturm) and Cody Donald (Mygale), the leading pair skipped clear of the battle for third where Ojeda held sway over Lazzaro and McElrea.

In the Kent class, the honours went to Mitchell Maddren (Van Diemen) over Tim Hamilton (Spectrum) and Kane Coleman (Spirit), the latter two finishing equal on points.

Series Points: Vidau 132, Ojeda 103, McElrea 69, Murray 75, McLellan 65.

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