TOURING CAR MASTERS AT BATHURST 1000 MT PANORAMA - 2017
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Touring Car Masters Event Wrap Up with PAYCE MD, Brian Boyd.
Brian Boyd said the Touring Car Masters series is arguably the most popular support category to Supercars.
"The sight and sound of big V8s thundering up and down the mountain and sliding around the turns is an awesome spectacle," Brian opined.
JB Arrives with a Slim Hold on the Championship - Brian Boyd
"Team PAYCE member, John Bowe has been competing continuously at Bathurst for more years than most, and this year he arrived with a slim hold on the championship.
"He was determined to show that the 'little' Holden Torana was still a force to be reckoned with, even though the track favoured the bigger-engined V8s and hampered by a rev limitation applied as a result of his successes through the season," Brian Boyd explained.
JB on Top of the Timesheets in Practice - Brian Boyd.
"Thursday's practice sessions went well for JB and in the last session he finished on top of the timesheets. Qualifying on Friday saw Steve Johnson hit form and smash his own TCM qualifying record. The session was shortened to just nine minutes after a stranded car brought out the red flags, but enough time for JB to clock third fastest time.
Reverse Grid for Race 1 - Brian Boyd
"Race one on Saturday morning was a reverse grid and once again the race set for some exciting duels. Unfortunately, Bob Wisely in his Torana came to grief at the end of Conrod Straight, but once the track was cleared, racing re-commenced in earnest," recounted Brian Boyd.
Brian said a great battle between Abelnica and Cameron Tilley saw Abelnica in his well –prepared Falcon triumph, but not before Tilley's Valiant had put a fight. Meanwhile JB and the other backmarkers were having their own battles, but given the quality of the field they were not able to reach the bolting front runners on this occasion.
Race Two sees JB Break Track Record - Brian Boyd
"Race two in the afternoon was back to the regular format with Steve Johnson as fastest qualifier on pole. John Bowe made a great inside run from the second row and was in second place as the cars headed up Mountain Straight. The leaders maintained their positions, although there were some moves to improve that did not come off," Brian continued.
Mr. Boyd said Steve Johnson came home the winner followed by JB, who set a new lap record in his pursuit of Johnson's Mustang.
JB and Johnson Battle it out in Race 3 - Brian Boyd
"Race three on Sunday morning was held early in the lead-up to the Great Race. Starting from pole, Johnson was slow off the mark, allowing John Bowe to run alongside through turn one and up Mountain Straight.
"Johnson fought back and took the lead into turn two, with Bowe and Bressington slotting in behind. JB attempted an outside move on Johnson at The Chase, allowing Bressington through when he ran wide," Boyd lamented.
"Bressington held second for the next several laps, before JB slipped through under brakes at the final corner before Pit Straight and re-took second position."
Brian Boyd said JB chased Johnson hard, and again re-set his own Bathurst lap record and get to within half a second of his old rival at the chequered flag.
"Steve Johnson was the overall winner of the round with John Bowe second.
"However, John amassed enough points to stay in the lead in the championship, which will now come down to the wire at the Newcastle 500 meeting on 24-26 November," Brian concluded.