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John Bowe Unveiles the Latest Look for the #18 PAYCE Holden Torana to the Delight of TCM Fans at Winton in 2017

Brian Boyd said John Bowe unveiled the latest look for the #18 PAYCE Holden Torana, splendid with its A9X extended wheel arches and a fresh lick of paint.

"There were no mechanical changes to the car and as it was running with revs limited, the competition was always going to be strong," Mr. Boyd said.

Wet Conditions Dog the Friday Practice Sessions – Brian Boyd.

"The times set in the two practice sessions on Friday had little bearing on the weekend, with the only benefit being extreme wet conditions' experience.

"John finished the sessions in positions 7th and 8th respectively. That's not where we are accustomed to seeing JB and qualifying late on Saturday morning saw John back near the top of the time sheets," Brian Boyd recalled.

"Qualifying was cut short due to a red flag and, with less than a third of the 20 minute session remaining, the pressure was on to put in a quick time. JB looked like he would take the top spot before being pipped by Gomersall in the dying moments by 2/100ths of a second," Boyd offered.

Race One a Reverse Grid - JB Takes up the Challenge – Brian Boyd

"The first of the three races was a reverse grid and JB, starting 23rd, stormed through the field to make up 13 places on the opening lap and take the chequered flag to win the coveted Waeco/Dometic TCM Trophy," an ecstatic Brian Boyd enthused.

JB in Multi-Car Crash in Race Two - Brian Boyd

Race 2 saw a multi-car crash involving several front runners, including John Bowe, bring out the red flag.

Brian Boyd said JB's Torana was sandwiched between the wall and Abelnica and suffered damage.

"John sustained some broken ribs and was not able to take part in any further racing. After a full medical check-up at the track and at hospital, he will be sidelined for the next month or two," Mr. Boyd said.

TCM Cars Feature the Latest in Safety Standards - Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd explained that the TCM cars, although of another era, are built to the latest safety standards.

"This level of on-track accident could have been much worse if it was not for the strength of the cars that compete in this category and the efforts to ensure their drivers are well protected in such cases," Boyd noted.

Despite the accident, JB retains his lead in the championship and will be keen to get back behind the wheel of the #18 Torana.

"It seems unlikely he will make the Hidden Valley circuit in Darwin over 16-19 June, but hopefully will bounce back for round 4 in Ipswich in late July," Brian Boyd projected.

"We wish him a speedy recovery following his enforced rest-up."

Current Standings:

John Bowe 1st
Go Team PAYCE!