REIGNING CHAMPION STEVE JOHNSON DOMINATES PHILLIP ISLAND ROUND 2
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Touring Car Masters Round 2 Wrap Up with PAYCE MD, Brian Boyd.
PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd said it was great to see the Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters series return to Phillip Island after an absence of three years.
PAYCE Team in their Element – Brian Boyd
“The cars and drivers were in their element with the long straights and flowing corners and each of the four races they contested provided lots of action and close racing,” said Mr Boyd.
“Congratulations to Steven Johnson in his number 17 green and orange Ford Mustang as he continues on his winning way, remaining undefeated in the two rounds to date.
“He scooped the pool in Adelaide and although he had to work harder this round, he led the field home in the two championship races to claim maximum points" noted Brian Boyd.
“Steven qualified fastest and beat the field in convincing fashion in both races and was set for a strong result in a third before it was stopped and declared a ‘no-race’ due to damage to a safety barrier.
“Robert Hackwood in his Pontiac Firebird hit the barrier after contact from behind and it required substantial repairs, forcing the race to be red-flagged" added Mr Boyd.
Dometic Trophy a regular crows pleaser – Brian Boyd
Brian said the first race in each round is the reverse grid, non-championship Dometic Trophy race and is always a crowd-pleaser.
“The standout performer was Thomas Randle, making his debut in the series in the black and gold Ford Mustang, coming through the field from twenty-second place to take the chequered flag,” said Mr Boyd.
“Another top performer over the weekend was Adam Bressington in his Chevrolet Camaro, who came second in the Trophy race from near the rear of the field, then backed that up with two more second finishes in the championship races.
“However, a post-race penalty pushed him back to fifth place in the final race on Sunday".
Engine Troubles for PAYCEs John Bowe in the Dometic Trophy – Brian Boyd
“Team PAYCE member, John Bowe in the #18 Paynter Dixon Holden Torana A9X has always performed well at Phillip Island in the past and the team were understandably disappointed when the car suffered engine issues at the outset" said Brian Boyd.
“JB struggled midfield over Friday and Saturday before the team were able to rectify the problem and after a fourth place in the penultimate race he started Sunday’s final race on the second row of the grid.
“He made a good start and defended his position in the early stages before working his way into third and close behind the leaders before giving up a spot to cross the line in the same position he started" noted Mr Boyd.
“On a positive note, John was later handed third place due to Adam Bressington’s post-race penalty, wrapping up the round with a podium spot and valuable points after a disappointing start to the weekend,” added Mr Brian Boyd.
As the series heads to Winton on 24-26 May, Steven Johnson leads the Outright Championship from Adam Bressington and Ryal Harris. John Bowe is currently in fourth place.