BOWE AND JOHNSON SHOW TO CONTINUE AT QR
THE BOWE and Johnson show will continue during round five of the ENZED Touring Car Masters series at Queensland Raceway next week.
Racings Ã¢â‚¬Ëœfirst familyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ will be reunited under the John Bowe Racing banner once again at the V8 Supercars Coates Hire Ipswich Supersprint Steven Johnson to take the wheel of BoweÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1969 Ford Mustang for the Shannons Queensland Tourist Trophy after winning the most recent round in Darwin.
Having been beaten by his own car in Darwin last month Bowe will be keen to get one back on Johnson when he returns to the wheel of the Holden Torana SL/R 5000 in which he won the Winton round in earlier this year.
Having won two races in Darwin – netting him the round victory in the process Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and having dominated all three races in Tasmania earlier this year whilst deputising for Bowe Johnson said he was keen to return to the wheel of Ã¢â‚¬ËœSallyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ on home turf.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m stoked to be able to go head to head with JB again this time in my home state of QueenslandÃ¢â‚¬Â said Johnson.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We’ve gained some momentumÃ‚Â and understanding ofÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬ËœSallyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ in the TCM category and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m thoroughly enjoying it. I must admit itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â toughÃ‚Â up the front -Ã‚Â I’ve got quality racers like JB running so strongly in Gary OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢BrienÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bendigo Retro Muscle Car Torana with Andy Miedecke Jim Richards and Greg Crick also dialling their cars in nicely.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Queensland Raceway has been pretty good to me in the past and to race in front of my home crowd in a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ69 Mustang – with great support from Payce Wilson Security WM Waste KnoxÃ‚Â Transfer Station TG Motorsport and Herrod Motorsport – it’s really exciting for me. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a few years since I’ve competed at QR. I’ll have a lot of personal friends there watching so I better do well or IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll never hear the end of it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Johnson will arrive back in Australia just in time for his third TCM round of the year having jetted off to Europe earlier this week for a flying visit to an iconic European endurance race.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“After a weeklong trip to Belgium to have a look at the Spa 24 hour I get back just in time for Friday practise so hopefully jet lag wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be an issue I just want to race.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“A personal thank you to our dear family friend John Bowe he’s almost my older brother … it means a lotÃ‚Â to our familyÃ‚Â to be reunited after so many years.Ã¢â‚¬Â
For his part Bowe Ã¢â‚¬â€œ who edged Johnson for pole in Darwin but couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t topple him for the round victory Ã¢â‚¬â€œ said he was keen to redress the balance and beat his own car at the vastly different Queensland Raceway.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“If I wanted an easy time (to race) there’s no way I would do thisÃ‚Â – I love the Johnson family and Stevie is probably the most naturally talented driver I’ve ever met in over 40 years of racing
Ã‚Â Bowe enthused.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It’s great fun andÃ‚Â really enjoyable for me IÃ‚Â loveÃ‚Â the challenge of tryingÃ‚Â to beat someone of his calibre even if he’s in myÃ‚Â car!
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I love and believe in Touring Car Masters I genuinely believe Stevie J adds incredible value to TCM..Ã‚Â I’m not so sure the other drivers share our/my enthusiasm though. Just for the record Mustang Sally won her 65th TCM race in hands of Stevie’sÃ‚Â J at Darwin in Race 2. She’s truly legendry in my eyes.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The fifth round of the popular Muscle Car series will be bolstered by the addition of a host of local competitors from the Queensland TransAm Series eight of the local runners to join the grid next week including legendary Bathurst veterans Charlie OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Brien and John English.
Four different drivers have topped the outright ProMaster class standings so far this season with Andrew MiedeckeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Lubrimaxx Chevrolet Camaro the latest to take the points lead.
Miedecke second-placed Jim RichardsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ AMC Javelin and Greg CrickÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Chrysler Charger in third are covered by just 25 points heading into the second half of the season.
Former points leader two-time champ Gavin Bullas will miss the Queensland round following the engine dramas his Ford Mustang endured at Hidden Valley.
Valliant Pacer star Cameron Tilley holds a slightly more comfortable lead in the ProAm standings over Jesus RacingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Andrew Fisher while Holden Monaro racer Leo Tobin has a comfortable lead in the ProSports class standings after four rounds.
The Shannons Queensland Tourist Trophy will be conducted over three races at the Coates Hire Ipswich Supersprint on July 31-August 2 at Queensland Raceway.
Every session will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Motorsport on channel 506.
ENTRY LIST – ENZED TOURING CAR MASTERS ROUND 5
Shannons Queensland Tourist Trophy
|No.||Sponsor Name||Driver Name||State||Year||Make||Model||Colour||Cap|
|2||Shannons Insurance||Jim Richards||VIC||1972||AMC||Javelin||Grey/Green||5890cc|
|3||Fataz Competition Engines||Charlie O’Brien||QLD||1970||Pontiac||Firebird||White||5800cc|
|4||Skye Sands||Rusty French||VIC||1970||Ford||Mustang Fastback||Black||5800cc|
|8||Faranda Automotive Service||Martin O’Kane||QLD||1970||Chevrolet||Camaro||Blue||5800cc|
|9||Jesus Racing||Andrew Fisher||NSW||1971||Ford||Falcon XY GTHO||Grey/Red||5800cc|
|17||PAYCE/Wilson Security||Steven Johnson||QLD||1969||Ford||Mustang Trans Am||Blue/Yellow||5800cc|
|18||Dunlop Super Dealers/ Wilson Security/ PAYCE||John Bowe||VIC||1974||HoldenÃ‚Â||Torana SL/R 5000||Blue/Yellow||5047cc|
|20||Storage King||Ian Palmer||QLD||1970||Pontiac||Trans-Am||White/Blue||5800cc|
|22||Collins Hay||Mike Collins||QLD||1965||Ford||Mustang||Red||5000cc|
|25||Angliss Meats||Brett Curran||QLD||1967||Ford||Shelby Fastback||White/Red||5800cc|
|30||Thunder Road Racing Team Australia||Glenn SetonÃ‚Â||QLD||1964||Ford||Mustang Coupe||Black/Gold||5000cc|
|35||iseek RacingÃ‚Â||Jason Gomersall||QLD||1974||HoldenÃ‚Â||Torana SL/R 5000||White/Blue||5047cc|
|46||THD Motorsport||Leo Tobin||VIC||1972||HoldenÃ‚Â||HQ Monaro||Orange||5810cc|
|48||Brisbane’s Cheapest Cars||Eddie Abelnica||VIC||1974||Ford||Falcon XB Coupe||Red||5800cc|
|52||Outbound Racing / wheels.com.pg||Keith Kassulke||QLD||1974||Ford||Falcon XB Coupe||Blue/Silver||5800cc|
|60||Glennan’s Transport||Cameron Tilley||NSW||1969||Valiant||Pacer||Blue||4390cc|
|68||Loaders ‘R’ Us||Alwyn Bishop||QLD||1968||Ford||Mustang||Grabber Orange||5800cc|
|69||Tenkate Plant Hire||Anthony Tenkate||QLD||1969||Ford||Mustang Fastback||Green||5800cc|
|72||Fataz Competition Engines||Ian Woodward||QLD||1970||Chevrolet||Camaro||Orange||5800cc|
|75||Mopar Performance||Greg Crick||TAS||1973||Chrysler||Charger E55||Black/Blue||5570cc|
|85||Whiteline Transport Racing / King Springs||Mark King||QLD||1970||Chevrolet||Camaro RS||Red/Black/White||5800cc|
|88||TIFS – Warehousing & Distribution||Tony Karanfilovski||NSW||1969||Ford||Mustang Trans Am||Orange||5800cc|
|95||Whiteline Transport Racing / Lubrimaxx||Andrew Miedecke||NSW||1969||Chevrolet||Camaro SS||Black/Blue||5800cc|
|99||Loaders ‘R’ Us||John English||QLD||1967||Ford||Mustang Coupe||Blue||5800cc|