• PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.

Exciting racing at the Queensland Raceway shows surprise results for some teams – Brian Boyd.

The Queensland Raceway at Ipswich turned up the sun for some beautiful weather over the weekend. =Brian Boyd said Team PAYCE member John Bowe has been coming to this track for more years than he probably wants to remember and is credited with a race win when competing in the premier V8 touring car series.

With Track temperatures likely to play a key role in performances, wind direction and wear on the tyres are also likely contributing factors placing pressure on pit crews," said Brian Boyd.

Touring Car Masters gets underway - Brian Boyd.

Brian Boyd noted that "a strong field of 20 took to the track on Friday for the first practice session of the day. John Bowe was quickly up to speed with both Steve Johnson and Eddie Abelnica hot on his heels," he said, as the tension mounted.

"JB was looking very fit after his Winton crash and happy to be back to good health. He did compete successfully in the last round at Darwin, but at the time was still feeling sore," remarked Mr Boyd.

"The session went well and for some time JB sat on top of the timesheets, but as the session came to a close, Steven Johnson put in a fast lap that took him to the top of the times by just under two hundreds of a second," noted Mr Boyd with disbelief.

"In the second practice session on Saturday morning, JB made no mistakes and once again returned to the top of the time sheets."

Brian Boyd said qualifying was much the same as the practice session, with JB stamping his authority as the fastest qualifier and putting him on pole for the second race on Sunday morning, race one being a reverse grid.

Race one of the Domestic Trophy promising Thrills - Brian Boyd.

"Race one for the Domestic Trophy promised lots of exciting racing as the reverse grid format invariably does," observed Brian Boyd continuing.

"JB did not disappoint and although he did not quite make it to the front, he thrilled the crowd with some great passing moves to finish 4th.

"Although the race forms part of the championship all drivers who start are awarded 50 points as are all finishers," noted Mr Boyd.

Race two on Sunday morning, said Brian Boyd – "was a runaway win for JB, who was never challenged after Steve Johnson overshot turn one under brakes.

"JB went on to post another strong performance and come home four seconds clear of the field. Eddie Abelnica and Steve Johnson filled the minor placings.

"John also re-set the TCM lap record which he previously held. The race was JB's 90th win competing in the TCM category," said Brian Boyd obviously impressed.

"The final race for TCM saw some close racing throughout the field and probably the best race of the meet, with Eddie Abelnica taking the chequered flag ahead of Ryan Hansford and Steve Johnson.

"JB was uncharacteristically slow off the mark and dropped a couple of positions before finishing in 4th place.

"The good news, however, was that the overall weekend's results put him back on top of the leaderboard tied with Adam Bressington," added Brian Boyd as he continued.

"Once again, the TCM boys put on a great show for their fans, with three different winners from three races and some fantastic side-by-side battles," Brian Boyd pointed out.

The next round of the championship is at the Sandown 500 meeting on 15-17 September.

Current standings
John Boweeq 1st
Go Team PAYCE!