PAYNTER DIXON TOURING CAR MASTERS SERIES AT TOWNSVILLE IN 2018
PAYNTER DIXON Touring Car Masters series debut at Townsville in 2018 – Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said the PAYNTER DIXON Touring Car Masters series made its inaugural appearance at the Townsville meeting, aided by strong lobbying from local fans who wanted to see first-hand what is arguably the most popular touring car racing outside Supercars.
"Townsville got its first look up close at the immaculately prepared cars and could chat to the drivers at Thursday's meet and greet in Strand Park where John Bowe and the other TCM drivers received as much attention from the fans as the Supercars stars," Brian said.
JB and Steve Johnson Battle Hard in TCM Races – Brian Boyd
"The two Friday practice sessions indicated that Stephen Johnson and his Mustang would likely continue to dominate the series, establishing a lap record in taking fastest times in both sessions.
"Not to be disgraced, Team PAYCE driver, John Bowe was hot on his heels with two second fastest times in the practices, setting the scene for a great battle. Remarkably, these two drivers have shared the front row in every round this season."
Brian Boyd said this was what the thousands of fans had come to see and they were not disappointed. The field put on a fantastic display of close racing, with plenty of noise and sideways slides as expected.
"Race one was a win for Johnson from pole with John Bowe on his tail and keeping him honest. There was plenty of action back in the field to keep the fans' interest, but up front it was Johnson first with JB not able to make an impression, but less than a second behind at the chequered flag.
"Race two was a copy of the previous race up at the pointy end, with Johnson away from the line first with John Bowe in pursuit. JB was no doubt hoping for a mistake by the leader but Johnson took the Mustang to a well-earned win that extended his lead in the championship," Brian Boyd continued.
"Race three and everyone was expecting another one-two from Johnson and JB, but it wasn't to be. JB's progress was slowed when he hit the rear of Bruce Williams Falcon and damaged the front of the #18 Torana. Next to strike trouble was Johnson who had a throttle cable issue that required a pit stop to put right."
Brian Boyd said those incidents left Ryan Hansford in the lead which he held to race end, giving him his first TCM win and taking the total of different winners this season to six.
"When the final points were tallied, JB moved back into the championship lead by a slender four points from Stephen Johnson," Brian finished.
The PAYNTER DIXON Touring Car Masters have a break of nearly eight weeks before round six at the Sandown 500 on 14-16 September, 2018.
Go Team PAYCE!