IPSWICH SUPER SPRINT WRAP UP REPORT 2016 - TCM
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Ipswich shows increased promise for Team PAYCE
PAYCE MD, Brian Boyd states that while the Willowbank track at Ipswich may not be the most complex of layouts on the Supercars championship trail, the 'paper clip' circuit with its high speed straights and heavy braking into the tight corners will, as always, spearhead challenges that keep both the drivers and engineers busy throughout the race weekend.
"Certainly that was the case with this round and the changing weather conditions added to the challenge," Mr. Boyd said.
The welcomed fine weather all weekend was briefly broken with gusty winds on Saturday which played havoc with the cars on some sections of the Ipswich track. Sunday cooled and the winds dropped, forcing the teams had to re-evaluate the previous day's car settings in pursuit of a perfect balance.
Team PAYCE Drivers Excited for Ipswich Race Meeting – Brian Boyd
Six of the seven Team PAYCE drivers took to the track – Scott McLaughlin and James Moffat in the Volvo S60s and John Bowe in the Torana SL/R 5000 with full race duties while David Wall, James Golding and Macauley Jones jumped at the opportunity to put in some track time in a special session for Supercars enduro co-drivers.
All six PAYCE Drivers arrived at Ipswich ready to race hard in the warm conditions.
JB and James Golding Deliver Standout Performances – Brian Boyd
John Bowe's two wins and a new lap record in the Touring Car Masters and James Golding's second fastest time in the co-drivers session were the standout performances over the weekend, according to PAYCE MD, Brian Boyd.
"Garry Rogers's team also deserve credit for their hard work, especially the mechanics and engineers who managed to maximise the team's success when things did not always pan out as planned," Brian Boyd said.
Touring Car Masters
JB Shows True Tenacity in Ipswich – Brian Boyd
Friday morning saw a fogged in track, but fortunately it cleared very quickly to reveal a fine day and blue skies for the Touring Car Masters drivers to commence their session.
PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd said that from the commencement of practice, John Bowe was immediately up to speed and completed both practice sessions with second fastest times.
"From the timesheets, it was pretty clear his main competition in the races to follow was likely to come from Glenn Seton and Jason Gomersall, who topped the timesheets in the practices," Mr. Boyd said.
"Unfortunately, one of the race favourites, Steve Johnson stopped his Ford Falcon GTHO near turn 4 at the end of the second session and was out for the weekend with major engine problems.
"That probably increased JB's prospects for the weekend, although he would have been very disappointed for his good mate, Steve," said Brian Boyd.
Qualifying Woes Can't Stop JB – Brian Boyd
Qualifying was all bad news for John Bowe, who suffered electrical problems that saw him limping around the track before parking the #18 Torana as the session drew to a close.
"To add insult to injury, JB was hit with a penalty for stopping on the track in qualifying that resulted in him being relegated to the back of the grid for race 1," Brian Boyd said.
"Not surprisingly, John bounced back with a vengeance in the race to storm through the field and pick up 4th place."
A Race Win and a New TCM Track Record for John Bowe Well Deserved – Brian Boyd
Race 2 saw JB drop back a couple of positions in the early laps, before he started gathering in the leaders and ultimately hit the front with passes on Jason Gomersall and Glenn Seton that took him to the chequered flag for a well-deserved win. In his rush to get to the front, JB set a new lap record for the TCM category.
The final race for the round was the Waeco Trophy race, which features a reverse grid with the quickest at the rear.
With another mighty effort, JB chased Seton through the field and with just three laps remaining passed Seton to claim his second win for the round. Brian Boyd said wrap up race is always highly entertaining.
However, Seton was awarded the overall round victory for his consistency over the weekend.
"The good news from this round apart from JB's great drives was that he still heads the standings after what could have been a disaster of a weekend," Brian Boyd said.
The next TCM round sees the cars return to Phillip Island for the second time this year, this time for the Shannons Nationals on September 9-11 2016.
Go Team PAYCE!