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December 3, 2016 | General

BOWE SETS QUALY MILESTONE

AN INCREDIBLE last flying lap has secured John Bowe a milestone achievement in today’s qualifying session for the final round of the Touring Car Masters season at Sydney Olympic Park.

Bowe’s sub-record 1m35.384s flyer not only rocketed him to the top of the charts by six-tenths of a second with just two minutes remaining in the session it also saw the Wilson Security / Payce Holden Torana SL/R 5000 driver score his 100th professional career pole position.

The milestone effort – achieved across his open wheel Touring Car GT and TCM career – is a record amongst Australian drivers. Today’s effort was also the fifth of Bowe’s season and also the 45th of his TCM career.

Second in qualifying was Steven Johnson whose own impressive lap of 1m36.05s had him on provisional pole until Bowe’s last-ditch flyer.

Johnson’s own effort saw him edge out Glenn Seton by less than one-tenth of a second for a spot on the front row of the grid – Seton’s Thunder Road Racing Mustang taking several trips up the escape road in his efforts to hustle more time from his car.

Jason Gomersall was fourth lapping underneath the existing qualifying record and exactly one second from Bowe’s mighty lap – but only three-tenths from Seton and Johnson in front.

Local driver Adam Bressington will start race one fifth in the Whiteline Camaro edging out Tony Karanfilovski for the honour of best local after the Mustang driver jumped four spots on his final lap after the chequered flag had fallen.

Mark King Eddie Abelnica – in a repaired XB Falcon Coupe – Cameron Tilley and Jim Richards completed the top-10.

Wayne Mercer Brad Tilley Rusty French Leo Tobin and Darren Beale complete the order for this afternoon’s opening race set for 1:55pm (local time).

The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports and Network Ten around Australia this afternoon.

QUALIFYING – SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pos Car  Competitor/Team                Driver                   Vehicle              Cap   CL   Laps   Fastest...Lap        Gap1    18  Wilson Security / PAYCE        John Bowe (VIC)          1974 Holden  Torana  5047          7     6 1:35.3849R 2    17  Synergy Race Engines           Steve Johnson (QLD)      1971 Ford Falcon XY  5800          7     6 1:36.0552r 0:00.67033    30  Thunder Road Racing Team Austr Glenn Seton (QLD)        1964 Ford Mustang Co 5000          8     3 1:36.1132r 0:00.72834    35  iseek Racing                   Jason Gomersall (QLD)    1978 Holden  Torana  5000          6     3 1:36.4494r 0:01.06455    95  Whiteline Racing / Fabre Austr Adam Bressington (NSW)   1969 Chevrolet Camar 5800          6     5 1:37.7635  0:02.37866    88  TIFS - Warehousing & Distribut Tony Karanfilovski (NSW) 1969 Ford Mustang Tr 5800          9     9 1:38.8815  0:03.49667    85  Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King (QLD)          1970 Chevrolet Camar 5800          9     8 1:38.9652  0:03.58038    48  Sydney's Cheapest Cars         Eddie Abelnica (VIC)     1974 Ford Falcon XB  5800          8     6 1:39.0187  0:03.63389    60  Glennan Transport/ANGLOMOIL Lu Cameron Tilley (NSW)     1969 Valiant Pacer   4390          7     6 1:39.3171  0:03.932210    2  Shannons Insurance             Jim Richards (VIC)       1972 AMC Javelin     5898          9     5 1:39.3718  0:03.986911   74  Lyndways Builders              Wayne Mercer (VIC)       1971 Ford Falcon XY  5800          9     8 1:40.9885  0:05.603612   28  Tilley Auto Garage             Brad Tilley (NSW)        1964 Ford Mustang Co 4735          6     2 1:41.8180  0:06.433113    4  Skye Sands                     Rusty French (VIC)       1970 Ford Mustang Fa 5800         10     8 1:43.6096  0:08.224714   46  THD Motorsport                 Leo Tobin (VIC)          1969 Ford Boss Musta 5000          5     3 1:43.7205  0:08.335615   19  Tincone Industrial Services    Darren Beale (QLD)       1972 Holden  Monaro  5800         10     9 1:44.5541  0:09.1692