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Bowe Takes Race 1 at Hidden Valley
Posted by: newsla on Jun 21, 2014 - 05:58 AM
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Bowe Takes Race 1 at Hidden Valley

JOHN BOWE’S remarkable ENZED Touring Car Masters top-end success has continued today, the Ford Mustang driver sweeping to pole and the race one victory in the Shannons Thunder Valley 100.


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After setting pole position with a stunning sub-record lap, Bowe led from the rolling start and broke the race lap record on lap two, eventually pulling away to win comfortably by eight seconds.

The interest in the race was held with several highly competitive battles for the minor positions, Andrew Miedecke withering a concerted race-long attack from Jim Richards for much of the race.

Miedecke made a strong start in the Lubrimaxx Camaro and jumped to second place by turn one and then spent the following ten laps holding out Richards’ more nimble Shannons Ford Falcon sprint.

Keith Kassulke climbed from sixth to fourth at the flag and Cameron Mason scored a career-best TCM result with fifth driving his Dad’s Shelby Mustang.

Mason started seventh but climbed the order on the opening lap and ran in fifth position for much of the 10-lap duration. He closed to within a car-lengths of Kassulke at the flag but ran out of laps to make the finish.

The Mason team were fortunate to start today’s race after the car broke a castor arm in the left-front suspension in practice yesterday. A late-night effort from local business Campbell Brothers Racing saw a new component produced last night, and fitted to the car this morning.

Tony Karanfilovski dropped from fourth position to the back of the top-10 on the opening lap before battling his way back to sixth place at the end, ahead of a frenetic six-car freight train that diced for a place in the ten for much of it.

Karanfilovski finished ahead of Adam Bressington (XA Falcon), Mark King (Camaro), Brett Youlden (Monaro) and Porsche pilot, Greg Keene.

The five spent much of the race locked together battling for their places within the top 10 across the race today.

The top 40% of the race one finishers will be reversed for race two tomorrow morning, meaning King grabs pole position ahead of Adam Bressington – Bowe to start race two from eighth position.

The third and final race of the round will be broadcast live on seven around Australia as part of their V8 Supercars coverage from Hidden Valley.

Earlier, Bowe scored a stunning fifth pole position from seven attempts in ENZED TCM qualifying.

Bowe completed only one flying lap with a record-breaking 1m14.15s effort placing him 1.6s ahead of Jim Richards and Andrew Miedecke. The Bowe-Richards 1-2 effort was the fifth time from seven visits to the top end that the pair have locked out the front row of the grid at Hidden Valley.

Tony Karanfilovski scored fourth and Jason Gomersall fifth in his new Torana. Keith Kassulke, Cameron Mason, Adam Bressington, Eddie Abelnica and Brett Youlden completed the top 10.

Ford products dominated the top-10 with three Mustangs and four Falcons filling the first five rows of the grid.

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