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Bowe Wins Touring Car Masters Season Opener
Posted by: newsla on Mar 02, 2014 - 06:01 AM
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Bowe Wins Touring Car Masters Season Opener


Dual Touring Car Masters champion John Bowe opened his 2014 campaign in spectacular fashion, winning the championship's first round at the Clipsal 500.

 

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Bowe, a Coates Hire ambassador, topped the timesheets in the two practice sessions lowering the lap record along the way. He finished almost a second clear of rivals Jim Richards (Falcon Sprint) with Andrew Miedecke (Chev Camaro) third.

Bowe continued his dominance in qualifying, bettering his own lap record and becoming the first TCM driver to lap the Adelaide street circuit in under 1min 30s. His time of 1min 29.4s was almost 1.5 seconds faster than that set by Tony Karanfilovski in another Trans Am Mustang, followed by Andrew Miedecke in his Camaro, Eddie Abelnica in an XB GT Falcon, Cam Tilley driving yet another Mustang, with Jim Richards in his Falcon Sprint rounding out the top six.

In the first of three races Bowe was beaten off the line by fellow Mustang driver Tony Karanfilovski and despite sliding through the gravel trap in the Senna chicane on lap one, Karanfilovski kept the lead over Bowe and the Chev Camaro of Andrew Miedecke. Karanfilovski maintained his lead throughout the race with Miedecke slipping through to second with two laps remaining relegating Bowe to third.

Bowe started in ninth position for the 10-lap, top 50% reverse grid. He put in an electrifying drive, missing the start line carnage and worked his way through the field, snatching second place from Keith Kassulke in the last corner of the last lap. Mark King in a Chev Camaro was victorious from Bowe, with Keith Kassulke third in an XB GT Falcon. Jason Gomersall was fourth in his Holden Torana with Eddie Abelnica in another XBGT Falcon rounding out the top five.

The Touring Car Masters had their final 10 lap encounter around the Adelaide Parkland circuit on Sunday morning. Starting second on the grid, Bowe in his Trans Am Mustang dropped to third on lap two after being passed by Eddie Albenica in his XBGT Falcon.

Andrew Miedecke triumphed from Abelnica and Bowe.

Despite finishing third, Bowe claimed round one championsip honours in the championship after finishing third in race one, second in race two and third in today's race.

Second in the championship is Miedecke from Abelnica, Jim Richards with Mark King rounding out the top five.

"What a great start to the championship', said Bowe after climbing from his Trans Am Mustang. "The racing was close all weekend and Mustang Sally never missed a beat. While it's always nice to win races, coming away with the championship lead makes me very happy indded". he added.


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