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Tony Karanfilovski Confident Of Form Continuing Into Winton
Posted by: newsla on Apr 04, 2014 - 05:35 PM
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Tony Karanfilovski Confident Of Form Continuing Into Winton

FORD MUSTANG driver Tony Karanfilovski is confident he can continue his race-winning pace at the front of the ENZED Touring Car Masters field at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend.


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The 'Boss' Mustang driver set Adelaide alive in early March, winning his first TCM race with a dramatic leap across the turn one chicane before taking the victory.

Karanfilovski finished third in today’s two 20-minute sessions held at Winton, behind John Bowe and Jim Richards in the dry first practice and behind Bowe and Andrew Miedecke in a wetter afternoon run.

Despite suffering damage later in the Adelaide weekend, Karanfilovski says there is no reason why he can’t continue his strong early-season form in regional Victoria.

“The car was great on wets in the afternoon and it was good when we put the dry tyres on – we didn’t have to change it at all,” he said.

“The car feels very compliant and I think we can expect to be somewhere in the top five in qualifying tomorrow. We tested last week and the pace was good enough for that kind of position.”

In a topsy-turvy kind of day, opening practice was held on a slick track whilst the second session began with rain and ended with a qualifying simulation at the end as teams switched from wet to dry tyres and times dropped dramatically.

Bowe topped both sessions however the margin covering his Mustang, Miedecke and Karanfilovski in the second was just 0.2s indicating that this will be another highly competitive weekend for the TCM series.

Eddie Abelnica (Melbourne’s Cheapest Cars XB Falcon) finished fourth in both sessions today with Mark King fifth in the morning’s dry session in his Whiteline Transport Camaro and Richards fifth in the wet later in the day.

Carey McMahon (Holden Torana SLR5000), Greg Keene (Porsche 911 RS), Paul Freestone (Chevrolet Camaro), Brett Youlden (HQ Monaro), and TCM newcomer Sven Burchartz (Ford Mustang) also placed in the top ten across the pair of sessions today.

Meanwhile, two brand new cars to the ENZED Touring Car Masters series had contrasting on-track debut performances today.

Tony Hunter’s Chevrolet Monza 2+2 and Bruce McLeod’s Ford Falcon XA ‘Superbird’ are both making their first TCM appearances this weekend and while Hunter’s Monza was well placed inside the top 10, McLeod was only able to complete an installation lap as his team finished the car in the garage this morning.

The anticipated debut of Queenslander Ian Palmer’s Pontiac Firebird has been delayed until Darwin after a pre-round shakedown exposed driveline issues that were unable to be resolved prior to this weekend.

Hunter – who has experience in both a HQ Monaro and Chevrolet Camaro in TCM prior to building his newest car – finished today’s two sessions in twelfth and seventh, respectively.

Darwin-based McLeod endured a frustrating delay following component supply issues delaying the completion of his car until the last minute.

His team was placing the final details on the distinctive blue XA Falcon – the first two-door XA Falcon to compete in the series – prior to practice this morning. McLeod completed an installation lap in the second session with plans for a ‘testing’ weekend only at Winton.

“We wanted to be here and not just rock up at Darwin, half way through the year, even though we knew it would be a challenge,” McLeod explained.

“This is all uncharted territory for us so we just want to go out this weekend, get some laps and time in the car and make sure it all works. We are very confident in the build of the car, but it is untested.”

The Enzed Touring Car Masters series will tackle qualifying and their first race tomorrow, with a further two races to complete the Rare Spares TCM Winton Cup on Sunday.

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