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October 10, 2015 | General

BOWE RETURNS SERVE TO GIVE TORANA A BATHURST WIN

JOHN BOWE has got one back on the guy racing his own car by taking victory in the second ENZED Touring Car Masters race at Mount Panorama this weekend.

Bowe beat race one winner Steven Johnson into turn one and was never headed in today’s six-lap race despite constant pressure from the ever-present Ford Mustang he owns in his rear view mirrors.

Eddie Abelnica started and finished third in his Sydney’s Cheapest Cars XB Falcon Coupe applying the pressure to Johnson early in the race before a two-lap Safety Car that set up a one-lap dash to the line.

The Safety Car was called when Paul Freestone ran off into the sand at Murray’s Corner bogging his Freestone’s Diner Chevrolet Camaro in the sand.

On the restart Abelnica went from attacking Johnson to defending from a flying Brett Youlden and the AMC Javelin of Jim Richards as the trio stormed up Mountain Straight.

Running wide out of turn one Abelnica was slower out of the corner which allowed Richards to close on the big red Falcon.

Youlden however also took advantage and went to the inside of both drivers in a bold move into turn two – managing to stop the car and wrestle not only fourth place away from Richards but third from Abelnica too.

His time on the podium was brief however as Abelnica’s superior run out of Griffin’s bend allowed him to pass the HQ Monaro and grab his spot back.

In front of the entertaining fight for third Johnson attempted a challenge on Bowe however fell just short – though he did re-set his own Touring Car Masters Bathurst lap record on the final lap.

The new benchmark stands at 1m18.5062s ahead of tomorrow’s third and final race of the weekend.

Behind the entertaining battle in the top five Mark King continued his consistent weekend by finishing sixth despite having to hold out the race-long advances of the very quick Ford Mustang driven by Cameron Mason.

Mason pressured King for much of the race however ceded his seventh position to Glenn Seton on the final lap – the former Touring Car champion having started twelfth following his race one turn one dramas.

Tony Karanfilovski and Rusty French completed the top 10 while Jason Gomersall finished 11th from the back of the grid following his hefty accident on Mountain Straight in race one.

In a classic Bathurst late-night rebuild Gomersall’s iSeek Racing crew fixed broken panels chassis rails and more to get the Torana back on track for today.

Two drivers failed to finish the race – Tony Hunter retired with broken rear suspension suffered at the top of Mount Panorama while Andrew Fisher retired his Jesus Racing GTHO Falcon to pit lane with apparent fuel pressure problems.

Lubrimaxx / Whiteline Racing driver Andrew Miedecke did not start race two.

The third and final race of the TCM Mountain Masters presented by Shannons Rare Spares and ENZED will open proceedings on Sunday morning ahead of the 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

TCM MOUNTAIN MASTERS – RACE 2

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL Laps     Race.Time Fastest...Lap1    18  Dunlop Super Dealers/ Wilson S John Bowe (VIC)          1974 Holden  Torana  5047        6    16:33.7406   6 2:18.8893r2    17  PAYCE/Wilson Security          Steven Johnson (QLD)     1969 Ford Mustang Tr 5800        6    16:34.1279   6 2:18.5062R3    48  Sydneys Cheapest Cars          Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     1974 Ford Falcon XB  5800        6    16:35.9637   3 2:19.6562 4    56  Gabriel Shock Absorbers        Brett Youlden (VIC)      1972 Holden  HQ Mona 5800        6    16:37.1917   6 2:20.1078 5     2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       1972 AMC Javelin     5890        6    16:37.8147   3 2:19.8914 6    85  Whiteline Transport Racing / K Mark King (QLD)          1970 Chevrolet Camar 5800        6    16:39.3317   2 2:21.2786 7    30  Thunder Road Racing Australia  Glenn Seton (QLD)        1964 Ford Mustang Co 5000        6    16:40.0976   2 2:20.8109 8     3  Hercules Engines               Cameron Mason (NSW)      1966 Ford Mustang Fa 5000        6    16:40.4530   2 2:21.5703 9    88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) 1969 Ford Mustang Tr 5800        6    16:41.3877   6 2:22.6746 10    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       1970 Ford Mustang Fa 5800        6    16:42.0673   6 2:22.7579 11   35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    1974 Holden  Torana  5047        6    16:46.6708   6 2:25.8094 12   11  Lion Mill Solutions/Ultra Perf Tony Edwards (VIC)       1973 Ford Falcon XA  5768        6    16:49.2183   3 2:27.7267 13   74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer (VIC)       1971 Ford Falcon XY  5800        6    16:50.6025   3 2:27.8937 14   60  Glennan Transport / Tilleys Ra Cameron Tilley (NSW)     1969 Valiant Pacer   4390        6    16:50.6402   3 2:28.2617 15   90  Kalus Kenny Intelex            Sven Burchartz (VIC)     1974 Porsche 911 IRO 3600        6    16:51.8506   3 2:28.3922 16   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          1972 Holden  HQ Mona 5810        6    16:54.3877   6 2:30.5214 17    7  Red Rock Winery                Rohan Little (VIC)       1974 Porsche 911 IRO 3600        6    17:02.8380   6 2:36.9418 18   12  Giraffe Civil Contracting      Adam Garwood (TAS)       1974 Holden  Torana  5047        6    17:36.3311   6 2:27.7095 19   25  Freestones Transport/Freestone Paul Freestone (VIC)     1968 Chevrolet Camar 5800        5    16:50.2763   2 2:22.7786 DNF   9  Jesus Racing                   Andrew Fisher (NSW)      1971 Ford Falcon XY  5800        3     7:19.6451   2 2:21.7163 DNF  10  Sunliner RV                    Tony Hunter (VIC)        1971 Chevrolet Monza 5000        1     2:31.1838