BRIAN BOYD WRAPS UP ROUND 3 OF THE PAYNTER DIXON TCM AUSTRALIA
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Round 3 Wrap Up - TCM Australia with PAYCE MD, Brian Boyd.
Steven Johnson Clean Sweeps Winton Round
PAYCE Managing Director Brian Boyd said current TCM champion, Steven Johnson, continued his winning streak in the 1969 Ford Mustang, taking out all three Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters championship races in round three at Winton Raceway.
"Starting from pole position in race one after setting fastest time and a new lap record in qualifying, Johnson was never headed," Brian said.
"He repeated the performance in races two and three on Sunday to take a clear lead in this year's championship.
"Johnson has now won all eight races this year, and was leading a ninth before it was abandoned."
Smaller Engine Cars Favoured at Winton Raceway – Brian Boyd
Brian said it was expected the lighter and smaller-engined cars would be in contention for a win on the shorter and tighter Winton track, especially as there were three separate winners at the track last year.
"That appeared to be a possibility for a while, as Ryan Hansford's Torana clocked the fastest time in Friday's practice ahead of Johnson and Team PAYCE driver, John Bowe's Torana was third.
"However, in qualifying later in the day, Johnson went on to set a new lap record and top time.
"He broke the three-year-old qualifying record set by JB in pipping Hansford's top time in the fourth lap before a passing shower put paid to anyone bettering Johnson's time."
JB Looking for a Win at Winton – Brian Boyd
Brian said John Bowe in the # 18 Paynter Dixon Holden Torana A9X started the round in fourth place in the championship and was hopeful of at least repeating last year's performance when he won one of races.
"John's practice and qualifying times were encouraging and he went on to put the Torana on the second row of the grid for race one after clocking third fastest qualifying time."
Johnson Never Headed to Take Race 1 – Brian Boyd
Brian said it was a strong field of 22 that faced the starter for race one, including the debuts of Damien Gambold in a Ford Falcon XD, Danny Buzadzic in his new Holden Torana A9X and Adam Garwood in his Camaro.
"Also making a welcome appearance was Robert Hackwood in his Pontiac TransAm which was severely damaged in a spectacular crash in the last round.
"As the flag dropped for race one, both Johnson and Hansford battled for the lead into turn one with Johnson emerging ahead. From there he was never headed and while Hansford shadowed the Mustang throughout out the race, he could not find a way around and had to settle for second," Brian Boyd continued.
"Garwood impressed with a third placing and John Bowe drove consistently to hold onto fourth position, with better things to come.
JB Pushes Hard and Rewarded with two Second Place Finishes – Brian Boyd
"Race two saw a great battle between the Toranas of Bowe and Hansford for second place as Johnson once again stamped his authority on the lead.
"The Torana duel lasted seven laps before Hansford slid wide and Bowe moved into second with Garwood coming home third to complete the podium."
Brian said race three resulted in another victory for Johnson, but not before John Bowe pushed him hard in the opening laps.
"JB's efforts were to reward him with another second finish and a second placing for the round," Brian said.
Reverse Grid Race ends with Cars Veering of the Circuit – Brian Boyd
"In the reverse-grid Dometic Trophy race that opens each series round, victory went to Andrew Fisher in his Ford Falcon GTHO after a spectacular finish when Bruce Williams attempted a pass on Fisher as they neared the finish line only to hit a wet patch and slew into the side of the Falcon as they crossed the line.
"Both cars veered off the circuit with Williams in the Torana SL/5000 executing two monumental leaps over mounds with all wheels well clear of the ground before coming to rest," Brian Boyd reported.
"Thankfully, there were no injuries, just some embarrassing explaining to do back in the pits. Fisher's winning margin of just seven hundredths of a second was the closest-ever finish in TCM history.
"John Bowe's charge through the field starting from 18th place to finish seventh was another highlight of the race."
Field no Match for Johnson's Race Pace – Brian Boyd
Brian said despite Adam Garwood and John Bowe setting the fastest lap in races two and three respectively, they were no match for Steven Johnson's race pace.
"Johnson's clean sweep increased his lead in the championship, ahead of Adam Bressington, with John Bowe moving up a position into third on the leaderboard."
The next round is at Queensland Raceway at Ipswich on 26-28 July - 2019