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 todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s two practice sessions to bank a stunning 1m16.7840s lap Ã¢â‚¬â€œ underneath John BoweÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ where he twice finished in the top five and won the ProAm class battle Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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 todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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