2018 WINTON SUPERSPRINT - TCM - BRIAN BOYD FROM TEAM PAYCE REPORTS
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Brian Boyd and Team PAYCE report on the recent Winton SuperSprint Race Meeting - May 19th - 2018.
The Winton SuperSprint round of the TCM championship - 2018.
Big Numbers for the PAYNTER DIXON Touring Car Masters – Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd remarked it was great to see the field back in big numbers for Winton after many drivers elected to miss the recent Tasmanian round.
"Several new car and driver combinations meant 21 cars started the round which included all the front runners from the first two rounds," Brian said.
"Team PAYCE member, John Bowe was expected to continue his battle with rival, Steven Johnson, for supremacy and that how it was shaping up right from practice on Friday before JB's Torana A9X succumbed to some gremlins in practice and again in race three," Brian Boyd lamented.
"Johnson took the honours in practice, which was run in rain-soaked conditions, but JB was just 12 one-hundreds of a second off his time in 3rd place even though he was hampered by a broken exhaust."
TCM Program now Comprising Four Races per Round – Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said that with the TCM program for each round now comprising four races, the field only gets the one practice and advances next to qualifying where Johnson in the Mustang was still able to pip JB.
"But as the first race is reverse grid that put the two favourites to the rear of the grid for the Dometic Trophy.
"The Trophy race was a text book progress from the rear of the field to the front by John Bowe who stormed through the field picking off each car one-by-one to take the lead on the final lap," enthused Brian Boyd.
"It was a great display of driving and while JB took advantage of every opportunity he was not over-aggressive and left plenty of racing room.
"Race two saw Johnson and JB side-by-side on the grid but Johnson got the best of the rolling start and was never headed. JB stayed on his heels but was not able to make an impression and had to settle for second spot," Brian reports.
"Race three looked to be a repeat of the previous race before JB's #18 Torana threw a power steering hose and literally went up in a plume of smoke before JB was able to manage the fault as best he could and bring the Torana home in 7th place. Johnson took the chequered flag for his second win," Brian finished.
"Race four should have been a triple victory for Johnson but for a miscalculation on a Safety Car re-start that saw him lock up in the first corner on cold tyres, handing the win to Adam Bressington. JB fought hard to gain position but had to settle for 4th place."
Brian Boyd said that while John would have preferred not to have the problems across the weekend, he still took a podium win and amassed sufficient points to stay on top of the leaderboard after nine races.
The next round is at the CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown on 15-17 June - 2018
|John Bowe||1st (no change)|
Go Team PAYCE!