Gowans takes Aussie Racing Cars win
Adam Gowans has taken the round win after four spectacular FW1 Aussie Racing Cars events at Symmons Plains, Tasmania.
Gowans (Gotta get a Gowans Toyota Aurion) and former series champion Paul Kemal (VIP Petfoods Falcon) shared two race wins each over the races.
In a weekend where support category numbers were down, the Aussie Racing Cars bucked that trend, producing 33 cars, which also produced edge-of-seat racing.
Kemal led every lap of Race 1, taking a comfortable win over Kyle Clews (Australec Commodore) and Tyler Owen (Advan/OwenTruss Aurion).
Sheridan Phillips (VIP Petfoods Commodore) was the first Masters Cup competitor home in sixth, while Adrian Cottrell put in a solid drive to make up for his poor qualifying to move from 16th on the grid to eighth.
Gowans came out on top from 11th on the grid in Race 2. In a lively race, Clews had a bit of time in the lead, as did Kemal, Tyler Owen and a handful of others.
Owen finished with Peter Carr (Racer Inc Aurion) finding his way through to third. With all the jockeying for position, Clews was the big loser, finishing seventh, while Cottrell was well up early on but slipped to 10th.
Kemal took his second race win, coming through from grid seven to score a 0.6s win in Race 3. Carr and Gowans.
In the final, double points paying race, Gowans won, but not after another entertaining battle. Kemal chased him throughout the race to finish second, with championship contender Adrian Cottrell setting a new lap record in third.
The big loser of the race was Peter Carr, who lead all but two corners of the race, but finished down in fourth place when a late attack from Gowans and Co dropped him back.
Glenn McNamara (Torque Team/Toscanis FJ Holden) came out on top in a hard fought battle for the Masters Cup honours followed by Mark Duckworth (Formaz Parts Plus Falcon) and Darren Chamberlin (FW1 Cleaning Wax Commodore).
The final round of the Aussie Racing Cars Series will be held at the Sydney Telstra 500.