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TCM Trio On top at Challengers Line Up
Posted by: newsla on Feb 27, 2014 - 05:44 PM
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TCM Trio On top at Challengers Line Up


THE most dominant three drivers from the last few years of the ENZED Touring Car Masters series have dominated the top of the charts in practice today at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

 

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John Bowe (Dunlop Super Dealers / Wilson Security Ford Mustang Trans-Am), Jim Richards (Shannons Insurance Ford Falcon Sprint) and Andrew Miedecke (Lubrimax Chevrolet Camaro) locked out the top three times in practice today however it was the performance of key contenders to the throne who had tongues wagging.

Bowe’s 1m30.1037s lap set in practice two was under his own exiting Clipsal 500 TCM lap record, but the field is closely bunched behind the dominant Mustang driver.

Ford Falcon driver Eddie Abelnica, Camaro ace Mark King, HQ Holden driver Brett Youlden all lapped competitively today and believe they can feature on the podium this weekend.

Youlden, in particular, is looking forward to the challenge for consistent podiums in 2014 having ended last season with a string of stunning performances behind the wheel of his bright green Autolite / Mothers / Austral HQ Holden Monaro.

“We’re happy to end the day where we are after practice,” the experienced Youlden said.

The Youlden family is celebrating a combined 100 years of racing heritage this weekend, between Brett’s brother Kent and his nephew, V8 Supercar ace Luke.

“Aside from giving the car a freshen up over the off season and a couple of minor changes, we haven’t changed a whole lot on the car but at this early stage, it’s performing really well. We certainly hope to continue our good form from the end of last year and pick up where we left off!”

Youlden ended the day some 2.6 seconds off of Bowe’s leading pace today, but in TCM it’s about the race results and not raw one-lap pace.

“It is extremely competitive this season and it is going to be tough all year, but I think if we can secure a little more funding and a bit more backing, we can run inside the top three this season.”

Behind eighth-placed Cameron Tilley (Boss 302 Mustang), Steve Mason (Shelby Mustang) and iSeek Racing’s Jason Gomersal completed the top ten.

Outside it, Bill Pye’s brand new Torana – a Bob Jane replica – finished 11th on its maiden outing but delighted fans with the look and sound of one of Australia’s most famous racing cars from the 1970s.

Today’s two practice sessions were the only on-track action for the ENZED Touring Car Masters field prior to qualifying tomorrow morning and the opening race to be held on Friday afternoon.

Both sessions were cut short from their original 20-minute duration, the second only going 11-minutes in before a red flag brought and end to proceedings when Carey McMahon’s Holden Torana SLR 5000 stopped at turn one, apparently trailing fluid.

Porsche driver Greg Keene was the first of the South Australians and the first of the Porsche contingent – 15th outright.
The ENZED Touring Car Masters will be the first cars on track on Friday at the Clipsal 500, 20-minutes of qualifying scheduled to commence at 9:00am local time. Race one – scheduled for 10 laps – will begin with a rolling start at 5:30pm.

The ENZED Touring Car Masters series is supported by ENZED, Rare Spares, Shannons, Unique Cars, Hoosier and Australian Sports Marketing.

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