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TCM Fantastic Four on Top in Sydney TCM Qualifying
Posted by: newsla on Aug 22, 2014 - 06:55 AM
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TCM Fantastic Four on Top in Sydney TCM Qualifying


THE FOUR most successful drivers amongst the ENZED Touring Car Masters field have locked out the four top spots in qualifying for this weekend’s ENZED Muscle Car Classic at Sydney Motorsport Park.

 

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Australian Touring Car and Bathurst legends John Bowe, Andrew Miedecke, Jim Richards and Greg Crick have qualified first through fourth, respectively, today at the V8 Supercars Sydney Motorsport Park 400.

Bowe’s pole lap of 1m39.9672s was a TCM record for the 3.9km western Sydney circuit and 0.45s faster than Andrew Miedecke in the Whiteline Transport / Lubrimaxx Chevrolet Camaro. It was his fourth consecutive pole position of the year and continued his dominant one-lap pace in TCM.

Jim Richards was third in the Shannons Ford Falcon Sprint while TCM comeback king Greg Crick was a surprise fourth in his MOPAR-sponsored Chrysler Charger V8.

Crick has sat on the sidelines in an enforced seven-month layoff from the sport following a severe bout of Carbon Monoxide poisoning he suffered in this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour enduro.

The Tasmanian champion has sat on the sidelines during his recovery however returned in style this weekend by posting the fourth fastest time, just 0.5s behind Richards and 1-second from polesitter and long-time rival Bowe.

The Launceston car dealer said he was surprised with the performance today.

“I thought I would have been outside of the top 10 because it didn’t feel very good, and my Radio wasn’t working so I had no idea where I was,” he explained.

“I was pretty surprised when I heard I was fourth. I’m really pleased and not feeling too bad. I’m working pretty hard in the car, but it’s a great start so far and we’ll have some fun tomorrow.”

XB Falcon Hardtop racer Keith Kassulke was fifth ahead of Tony Karanfilovski (Mustang TransAm), Mark King (Chevrolet Camaro), Torana driver Jason Gomersall, Jesus Racing Ford Falcon driver Andrew Fisher with Les Walmsley’s HQ Monaro completing the top ten.

Four different brands and a remarkable nine different models of classic muscle cars feature in the top-10, covered by just 1.49s – making it the closest qualifying session of the year.

Fisher’s ninth place result was a solid start for the V8 Ute racer who is making his Touring Car Masters debut this weekend in an XY GT Falcon GT, competing under the Jesus Racing banner.

“If you had told me before the weekend that was the time I’d do in qualifying I would have probably been happy with it,” he said.

“But I think I under used the tyres and didn’t get the most out of them, which is down to experience. I’m used to using an R-spec tyre in the Utes and I’m still learning the attributes of the slick we use in TCM.

“It’s very competitive in the top ten and if you find five tenths you’re inside the top five, so it’s a good start.”

With practice and qualifying out of the way on Friday, the Sydney Motorsport Park 400 race weekend will be dedicated to the three races that make up this weekend’s fourth round of the ENZED Touring Car Masters series.

Race one will be held on early Saturday afternoon (August 23) and will be broadcast live on the Seven network around Australia.


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