TASSIE DELIVERS TIGHT RACING AT SYMMONS PLAINS IN 2018
- Symmons Plains, Tasmania.
Fierce Competition in Depleted TCM Round – Brian Boyd
Brian said the TCM field may have been somewhat depleted with only 12 cars on track, but quality was certainly not lacking and the competition over the meet was as fierce as ever.
"John Bowe thought the smaller-engine Torana would be outgunned by the six-litre V8s, but practice and qualifying did not bear that out, with JB topping the times in both sessions, but not before a toe-to-toe battle between JB and Steven Johnson for fastest qualifier," Mr. Boyd said.
"Steven Johnson in his Mustang certainly had race speed and only needed reliability on his side to feature in the races to come.
JB and Steve Johnson Battle Hard in all 4 TCM Races – Brian Boyd
"The first of the four races was the part-reverse grid for the Dometic Trophy, with JB and Johnson at the rear of the field. With some spirited driving, JB was able to work his way through the field to take 3rd place," Brian Boyd reported.
"Race 2 was the first of three for championship points and JB made a good start to lead the field into the first corner. Steven Johnson was hot on his heels though and both drivers smashed the lap record on lap 2 with Johnson setting the fastest time. The next lap saw Johnson make a successful move on JB for the lead and was never headed.
"Race 3 gave JB his hardest battle over the weekend as Johnson cleared out in the lead and Ryan Hansford challenged JB for second spot. After a number of wheel-to-wheel action between the two, Hansford triumphed and JB had to settle for 3rd place by race end," Brian Boyd continued.
"Race 4 saw Johnson and JB break away from the field and although the track's greasy conditions took several cars off the circuit the two leading cars continued in the same order to the chequered flag."
Brian said the final race gave Johnson a clean sweep of all three championship races for the weekend, while JB was not disgraced with two seconds and a third, which was enough to maintain his lead in the championship title.
"The next round of the PAYNTER DIXON Touring Car Masters is at Winton Raceway on 18-20 May, where it is expected the field will be back to around 30 cars," Brian Boyd finished.
Go Team PAYCE!