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Bowe Takes Race One Win At Winton
Posted by: newsla on Apr 05, 2014 - 05:33 AM
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Bowe Takes Race One Win At Winton


JOHN BOWE won the opening round of the ENZED Touring Car Masters series without winning a single race – but that won’t be the case if he takes round two at Winton this weekend.

 

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The Ford Mustang driver started from pole and won the opening sprint race at the regional Victorian circuit in style today, leading home Jim Richards and Andrew Miedecke and lowering his own lap record in the process.

Bowe took a comfortable 1.6-second victory in a shortened 7-lap race today after an early Safety Car slowed proceedings early in the race.

Bowe led from the two-by-two rolling start and headed the field into turn one, where Steve Mason ran wide and clipped the tyre barrier on the outside of the circuit.

His Shelby Mustang was stranded at turn two, bringing out the Safety Car for a brief two-lap intervention. Bowe led from the restart and was never headed for the remainder of the race, leading home Richards and Miedecke to the flag.

“Our car was very good and it’s nice to win a race given we won the opening round without doing that,” Bowe said.

“We won in Adelaide with consistency but we have very good speed this weekend. I think Jim and Andrew are very close as well as was Tony Karanfilovski until he made a mistake.

“The track is quite grippy and while there isn’t as much gain for us as there is in the V8’s, it’s still fast.”

Richards was secure in second for much of the race, however Miedecke inherited third position early in the race following an 'off' from Mustang driver Tony Karanfilovski.

Having started third, Karanfilovski missed a down-shift entering turn eleven and ran wide, dropping five places to eventually finish in seventh position effort.

The pair of XB Ford Falcon drivers both showed progress, Eddie Abelnica and Keith Kassulke charging from sixth and seventh, respectively, at the end of lap one to end the race locked together in a battle for fourth and fifth.

The pair crossed the line side by side with Kassulke just missing out on fourth at the line.

Having started fourth, Porsche 911 RS driver Greg Keene finished a strong sixth today despite lacking horsepower on the rolling start, and subsequent restart, that saw him passed by the pair of flying Falcons.

Behind Karanfilovski, Mark King (Camaro), Brett Youlden (Monaro) and Tony Hunter (Monza) completed the top-10, the latter pressured all the way by TCM-rookie Sven Burchartz in the Chris Stilwell-owned Monaro.

Torana driver Carey McMahon edged out Cameron Mason and Will Vining in a tight battle for twelfth.

20-cars finished the race, meaning the top-10 will be reversed for race two on Sunday morning.

Earlier in qualifying, John Bowe smashed Winton’s four-year-old Winton TCM qualifying record to take pole position for the second time in two rounds.

Bowe needed just four laps to post his 1m30.9921s, eclipsing his old benchmark by 0.5s.

Jim Richards' Shannons Ford Falcon Sprint qualified second, just 0.02s in front of the ever-pacey Tony Karanfilovski, who backed up his practice form yesterday with third position.

A starring performance from Greg Keene (Pictured) saw his Sportsmed SA Porsche 911 qualify in a stunning fourth position, less than 0.1s behind Karanfilovski’s Mustang and only 0.2s off the front row.

Races two and three will be held on Sunday as part of the Rare Spares TCM Winton Cup, with the V8 Supercars Winton 400.


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