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Tony K Leaps To Victory In Enzed TCM Season Opener
Posted by: newsla on Feb 28, 2014 - 06:04 PM
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Tony K Leaps To Victory In Enzed TCM Season Opener

TONY KARANFILOVSKI has disproved the age-old Motor Racing myth that ‘you can’t win a race in the first corner’ today, in the opening race of the 2014 ENZED Touring Car Masters series at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.


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Starting today’s season opener from second position on the 27-car grid, the Trans-Am Ford Mustang driver got the best start and led rival John Bowe into turn one – but a locked brake and a corner overshoot saw him bound over the savage Adelaide kerbs and into the gravel at the Senna chicane.

Ordinarily that would mean disaster – however the Sydney driver kept his foot hard on the throttle and despite some aerobatics as he bounced first over gravel and then kerb, he held onto the TIFS-supported Yellow Mustang as he rejoined the track and maintained the lead.

A mid-race safety car, an intense battle for second between Bowe and Miedecke and a race ultimately shortened to six laps all contributed to Karanfilovski being able to record the win.

The end results showed Karanfilovski (Mustang) heading home Miedecke (Camaro) and Bowe (Mustang) – the Camaro slipping past Bowe with two laps remaining following a mid-race restart following a safety car intervention.

Eddie Abelnica finished fourth in his XB Ford Falcon and reigning TCM champion Jim Richards kicked off his title defence by moving from sixth on the grid to fifth at the finish in his Shannons Insurance Ford Falcon Sprint.

Cameron Tilley (Boss 302 Ford Mustang), Brett Youlden (HQ Monaro), Brad Tilley (Ford Falcon GTHO), Keith Kassulke (XB Falcon Coupe) and Bill Pye’s Chevy Camaro completed the top ten – all six locked together and battling for track position during the green flag running.

Seven Fords, two Chevrolet’s and a Holden were represented in the top ten – though there were six different models of Fords represented.

The Safety Car was called on the third lap when Les Walmsley’s Treloar Roses HQ Holden was spun at turn four and collected by a hapless Chris Stillwell, who had nowhere to go in his Ford Mustang before collecting the stranded Holden.

There was also contact earlier in the race involving William Vining, Mick Wilson and Rory O’Neill, however all three were able to return to the circuit to complete the race.

A massive portion of the substantial Friday crowd remained for today’s late-afternoon return of the ENZED Touring Car Masters series to the Clipsal 500 and enjoyed the debut of the rolling race start – and the clean run towards the first corner was the result of the spectacular show.

Earlier today, John Bowe smashed the existing qualifying record to score pole position for the opening round of the championship, eventual race winner Karanfilovski stunning the establishment when he jumped to the front row late in the session; a lap that would ultimately put him in the best position to win.

Miedecke, Abelnica and Cameron Tilley completed the top five in qualifying.

The ENZED Touring Car Masters will return for a further two races this weekend, one each on Saturday and Sunday.
John Bowe, Bill Pye, Brad Tilley, Willaim Vining and Keith Kassule will sign outside the TCM Garages from 11:30PM.

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

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