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July 31, 2015 | General

GOMERSALL TOPS PRACTICE ON HOME TURF

A RECENT UPTURN in form for iSeek Racing Holden Torana driver Jason Gomersall has continued into practice for round five of the ENZED Touring Car Masters this weekend at Queensland Raceway.

The Queenslander took advantage of cooler conditions in the first of today’s two practice sessions to bank a stunning 1m16.7840s lap – underneath John Bowe’s existing circuit qualifying record for TCM cars.

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The lap not only saw him on top of the practice times for the first session but hotter conditions later would see that his time held as the fastest throughout the day.

Coming off the back of a strong weekend in Darwin – where he twice finished in the top five and won the ProAm class battle – Gomersall backed up his first session efforts with fifth overall in the much warmer afternoon practice later in the day.

Steven Johnson topped practice two in the Payce Ford Mustang showing no signs of ill-effects from jet lag despite having just arrived back into Australia following a whirlwind trip to take in the Spa 24 Hours endurance race last weekend.

On combined times Gomersall and Johnson were split by just 0.2 seconds today with the top five covered by just 0.5s.

John Bowe (Torana) was third overall Glenn Seton (Mustang) fourth and ProMaster points leader Andrew Miedecke (Camaro) fifth.

Eddie Abelnica Jim Richards Mark King Greg Crick and Keith Kassulke completed today’s overall top-10: the group covered by just 1.5 seconds across the two 20-minute sessions.

It was a strong day for the Queensland contingent five locals finishing practice inside the top 10 today including a lockout of first and second place.

Michael Uebergang finished fastest of the Queensland TransAm racers that have joined the TCM pack this weekend just 0.2s faster than Brett Curran.

Uebergang the brother of Aussie Racing Cars racer Adam was a last-minute call-up for the series this weekend replacing John English in the No. 99 Ford Mustang Coupe.

Charlie O’Brien had an early end to his second session after pulling off to the side of the circuit early on thanks to a broken throttle cable – igniting a small grass fire in the process.

The Shannons Queensland Tourist Trophy continues tomorrow with qualifying and the first two (of three) races.

With all sessions to be broadcast live on FOX Motorsport Qualifying gets underway at 8:25am followed by race one at 12:50 and race two 15:05.

COMBINED PRACTICE TIMES

Shannons Queensland Tourist Trophy

Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL          Fastest...Lap        Gap1    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    Holden Torana SL/R 5 5047              P1  1:16.7840R 2    17  PAYCE/Wilson Security          Steven Johnson (QLD)     Ford Mustang Trans A 5800              P2  1:16.9976  0:00.21363    18  Dunlop Super/ Wilson Sec/ PAYC John Bowe (VIC)          Holden Torana SL/R 5 5047              P2  1:17.1380  0:00.35404    30  Thunder Road Racing Team Austr Glenn Seton (QLD)        Ford Mustang Coupe   5000              P2  1:17.3258  0:00.54185    95  Whiteline Transport / Lubrimax Andrew Miedecke (NSW)    Chevrolet Camaro SS  5800              P2  1:17.3479  0:00.56396    48  Brisbane's Cheapest Cars       Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800              P2  1:17.9020  0:01.11807     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       AMC Javelin          5890              P1  1:17.9727  0:01.18878    85  Whiteline Transport/ King Spri Mark King (QLD)          Chevrolet Camaro RS  5800              P2  1:18.0667  0:01.28279    75  Mopar Performance              Greg Crick (TAS)         Chrysler Charger E55 5570              P1  1:18.2783  0:01.494310   52  Outbound Racing / wheels.com.p Keith Kassulke (QLD)     Ford Falcon XB Coupe 5800              P2  1:18.3234  0:01.539411   88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) Ford Mustang Trans A 5800              P2  1:18.8368  0:02.052812    9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      Ford Falcon XY GTHO  5800              P1  1:19.4154  0:02.631413   20  Storage King                   Ian Palmer (QLD)         Pontiac Trans Am     5800              P1  1:19.4781  0:02.694114    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800              P2  1:19.7117  0:02.927715   60  Glennan's Transport            Cameron Tilley (NSW)     Valiant Pacer        4390              P2  1:19.7951  0:03.011116   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          Holden HQ Monaro     5810              P2  1:19.8498  0:03.065817   99  Loaders 'R' Us                 Michael Uebergang (QLD)  Ford Mustang Coupe   5800              P1  1:20.6477  0:03.863718   25  Angliss Meats                  Brett Curran (QLD)       Ford Shelby Fastback 5800              P2  1:20.8838  0:04.099819   72  Fataz Competition Engines      Ian Woodward (QLD)       Chevrolet Camaro     5800              P2  1:21.9559  0:05.171920   69  Tenkate Plant Hire             Anthony Tenkate (QLD)    Ford Mustang Fastbac 5800              P2  1:22.6813  0:05.897321   68  Loaders 'R' Us                 Alwyn Bishop (QLD)       Ford Mustang         5800              P2  1:26.9368  0:10.152822   22  Collins Hay                    Mike Collins (QLD)       Ford Mustang         5000              P2  1:30.8978  0:14.113823    3  Fataz Competition Engines      Charlie O'Brien (QLD)    Pontriac Firebitrd   5800